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The Lowell 50 – 2021

I was hoping to get a few more gravel races in this year, but the challenge around work and family is an always looming presence. Got the go-ahead for this 50 miler out by Grand Rapids MI earlier this week. Hopefully, I can apply some of the lessons learned last Saturday :). Race Description: Lowell is a classic old world style gravel road race. You’ll race along the banks of the Flat…

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Horribly Hilly Hundreds 2021

I originally signed up for the HHH last year, and when it was canceled I deferred my registration for this year. Unfortunately, their signup was early in the year, you know, back when COVID vaccine availability was still a nebulous thing, so I ignored it… Well, karma intervened; I won’t be punting on what will certainly rank among the most challenging things I’ve done… Wish me luck, and if you’re at the…

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Ride Across Wisconsin 2021 – one day / 228 miles / 22 mph average

The 2021 Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW) is the most epic thing I’ve ever done. This video attempts to break down the ride as it happened for me, discuss what I learned from doing something at this scale, and the observations afterwards. Dave Blodgett’s Donation Page Welcome: 00:22 Getting Dropped: 6:38 Recovery: 8:56 “Winning” RAW: 10:55 What I learned: 12:28 Observations: 15:43  …

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Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW)

If you follow me on Strava, you’d probably seen that I’ve been putting in some long rides recently. The reason for that, or well the main reason for that, I also like long rides, is that I’m planning to do the one-day Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW) at the end of the month. Fortunately, I won’t have to do it solo because there are at least three other riders crazy enough to attempt…

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Snaggy Ridge 105

If you’d asked me two months ago, if I was going to do any organized rides in 2021, the answer would have been “no”. But a lot has changed since then. Going to be in IA for this gravel race on October 2nd, and have something else shaping up on the road in late July. As always, if you’re around make sure to say hi. The Snaggy Ridge 105 is a gravel…

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Tour de Lame

I was supposed to ride the Tour de Steamboat last year, but due to a crash I didn’t have a bike, or a capable shoulder. Completing the ride is still on the bucket list, but it wouldn’t have worked out this year even without this COVID stuff, so I didn’t sign up. Still on the email list though, so I was shocked, I say, shocked to see this creative solution from the…

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Well fugh, that’s two for two…

I knew it was going to happen. It was totally the right thing to do. But, that doesn’t make it feel better. I was using the specter of having to do 200k as impetus to keep escalating my weekend rides. Now, I’ll have to find another excuse to sell the family on ;). Dear Riders, The “Safer-at-Home” order for Wisconsin was recently extended through May 26, 2020 by Governor Tony Evers. Given the…

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Horribly Hilly Hundreds – 200K

Assuming I make it, the 200K Horribly Hilly Hundreds will combine the longest distance, and the most elevation gain, I’ve ever completed in a single ride. I expect that it will be crushing. But, that’s kind of the point in endurance cycling. Isn’t it? Set a goal, do what you can to train and plan to achieve that goal, and suffer until you get there. Been talking a good game so far.…

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