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Thursday, April 3, 2014

I want to talk about Miles vs Hours... Kind like the old grade school math question: if you don't know how far Sally rode rode today, but you know how fast she rode and for how long, you can figure it out, right?

My goal for the Tour Divide is +/- 100 miles per day. So I should be able to finish up a 2,711 mile ride in about 27 days.

Yesterday on an early season training ride I logged 63 miles in a little under 5 hours, which extrapolates to 100 miles in 7.5 hours - piece of cake! Whats the big deal? Sleep in till 8, ride from 9 - noon, an hour for lunch, ride from 1:00 - 5:30, you've got your 100 miles and you're ready for cocktails! Whoa - Not so fast - literally!

Here is a day I logged last summer on the Tour Divide Route from Holland Lake to Lincoln. I got my 100 miles OK, but it took 15 hours, not 7.5. The differences: 25lbs of gear, 6,600 feet of climbing, Forest Service Roads and single track trails vs pavement to name just a few. Bottom line - better not plan on 7.5 hour days; more like 12 - 15 hour days to get my 100 miles...

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