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Zurichman

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To say I am nervous about my first gravel grinder ride next weekend(Farmer's Daughter) would be an understatement. I am usually giving the advice on road biking as I have been doing that since 1992 and help many a rider do their first metric or Century ride.

The bike Tamland is all new to me. Since it has been raining solid here the last 3 days I haven't had a chance to check out my new 11-36 gearing. To make matters worse somehow when I ordered my under the tube bag from Jannd I did auto select for my order and it sent my stuff so somebody on Sunset RD which was my birthday number instead of my street address. [confused] It is to get here by Tuesday or Weds. so I should at least be able to get in a couple of shakedown rides before the ride. I know it's way too early to look for the forecast for Albany NY. but was wondering if people carry an extra bottle of water in their bag if it's hot outside which I thought there were hinting at for next weekend. I know to carry some extra Cliff bars or something else just in case of bonking.

I will take my camera to get lots of pics, enjoy the ride and hope I don't hate my bike on my first gravel grinding ride.  [tongue]

Zman



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My $.02: This isn't RACE!! Enjoy. Look forward to the pic's. I may do the Tour Of the Battenkill  with my wife-- on Sat. 5/20. You might want to travel over to Greenwich NY. on Sat. morning. They have non-competitive events as well as the race. You can do the 25 mile charity fund raiser which starts at 10a. I spoke to the event promoter who told me that you can register for the fund raiser on Sat. morning. Good opportunity to sort out your new rig on a less demanding course.
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Gravel riding was a new undertaking for me, a few years back, though I prob lacked the experience you have already.  Nevertheless, much agonizing over every detail, many nerves and touchy emotions were had, and prob some sleeplessness.  

Finishing my first 100 on gravel was really satisfying.  I got rained on, hard, and then it passed.  I made it, and drank quite a few of cheap beers from a keg.  It still feels daunting at times, esp. early in the season.  It never feels easy, and I am pretty well hooked.  I wish I was better and faster, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

I tried a few bikes, but I am really liking my current.  I think you are starting with a good one.

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My $.02: This isn't RACE!! Enjoy. Look forward to the pic's. I may do the Tour Of the Battenkill  with my wife-- on Sat. 5/20. You might want to travel over to Greenwich NY. on Sat. morning. They have non-competitive events as well as the race. You can do the 25 mile charity fund raiser which starts at 10a. I spoke to the event promoter who told me that you can register for the fund raiser on Sat. morning. Good opportunity to sort out your new rig on a less demanding course.


Thanks for the invite but I am traveling from Pa. to NY for the Farmer's Daughter on Sun. I think it's a good 5 hr. drive.

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Zurichman, what's your pacing strategy going to be?  Will you start out trying to hang with whatever lead pack there is or just try to hit your own pace right from the get go?

I was just looking at the flyby of last year's ride.  That looks like a heck of a ride.  You're going to crush it.
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Zurichman, what's your pacing strategy going to be?  Will you start out trying to hang with whatever lead pack there is or just try to hit your own pace right from the get go?

I was just looking at the flyby of last year's ride.  That looks like a heck of a ride.  You're going to crush it.


I don't have enough training in to hang with the lead pack. Even if I had enough training in I still am not that kind of rider. What I am is a long distance rider so my plan is just stay on the bike and enjoy my 1st gravel grinding ride/race.

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This kind of sucks but I was diagnosed with Shingles this morning. I had pain in both sides of my neck the last couple of days and then overnight it moved into my right collarbone. To say I am in some hard pain would be an understatement.

That probably doesn't match the fact that I am really pissed right now.

1. I asked my Doc for the shot at my last check up and he kind of brushed it off. Now I have to endure the pain.
2. I am going to miss my first gravel grinding ride/race. Oh well life moves on.

Zman

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Oh wow.  Yeah, that's one of those things that nobody can just 'suck it up'.  Major discomfort.  Revenge of Chicken Pox.
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