Archive for June, 2009

We Did It!!

| June 21, 2009 3:53 pm

6/21/09: We successfully completed the Terrible Two double Century on our tandem yesterday!  We finished the ride in just 14 1/2 hours.  That’s one hour faster than I expected!  I guess all that long-distance riding, hill climbing and interval training for the past two months really paid off.  We also got very lucky with the weather, which was just perfect.  It was not too cold in the morning and never got too hot in the afternoon.  Plus, the tailwind for the last 50 miles of the ride was just too good to be true.  I am so proud of my wife for attempting such a ridiculous ride with me.  I feel really lucky to be able to share my passion for cycling with her.

Now I get a couple of weeks to relax and recover before I start training even harder for Hoodoo.

Sheila wrote up a funny and interesting story about our experience yesterday.  Click here to read it. 

The pictures below are of us leading a long pace line on one of the flat sections of the ride (people just love to draft tandems) and of us demonstrating our kickstand at the lunch stop. People seemed fascinated that we would attach such a thing to our bicycle and carry it over 16,000 feet of hills, but we love it.RandS_TT_Paceline

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Training for Terrible Two in Tandem

| June 13, 2009 8:31 pm

Russ & Sheila on Mt Hamilton6/13/09: my wife, Sheila, and I have been training hard in order to attempt the Terrible Two Double Century on our tandem next weekend.  In addition to very long miles every weekend and interval training on Thursday evenings (which Sheila just loves, ha ha), we just finished a 135 mile ride today with 11 different climbs and over 18,000 feet of climbing.  One of the things that makes the Terrible Two so difficult is that in addition to having to ride 200 miles, there is also 16,000 feet of climbing and usually 100+ degree temps.  However, for us, the hardest thing about Terrible Two will be the time cut offs.  You have to leave the lunch stop (after 110 miles and 7000 feet of climbing) just 8 1/4 hours after the ride start.  I think we are as ready as we can be for this ride.  However, my most conservative estimates still shows us leaving lunch about 8 hours after the ride start.  That only leaves about 15 minutes for problems along the way, which is not much margin. I hope to finish the whole ride in less than 15 1/2 hours.

The picture above is of Sheila and I climbing Mount Hamilton on our tandem.  Mt Hamilton was one of the many hills we climbed today.