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AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) 10

EvaToad2011-07-18 21:21:33 +0000 #1
I was surprised not to see any ALC threads here yet, so I thought I'd start one.

This will be my first AIDS/LifeCycle, so I figure the 10th Anniversary is a great time to start.

Actually, this will be -- by far -- my longest ride ever. I completed my very first century last August, so it's a bit of a leap to a 7-day, 545 mile ride. Go big or go home, right?

I'm still struggling with a few things: getting in shape (training is one thing, but I'd also love to lose 25+ pounds between now and June); fundraising; and general confidence that, insanity or no, I will actually be able to complete this ride. As a relative newbie to road cycling, I'm looking to make the transition to clipless pedals sometime in the next month so I have plenty of time to get used to them.

Any ALC veterans out there... advice? Anyone else signed up to ride this year?


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Trek4202011-07-18 21:35:57 +0000 #2
Welcome to TE. I'm a vet

CAR4, also 4 ALC's. My sister and niece are veterans of the long ride. You'll find lots of "epic ride" experience and support here.

Thanks for riding and welcome to TE

uk elephant2011-07-18 21:32:18 +0000 #3
Welcome and best of luck to you! I've done the ride twice, and those two times are the only two times in my life I've done a century ride so you are well ahead of me already. Enjoy the training and more importantly, enjoy the ride. It's a fantastic experience! I'd love to do it again, but won't be this year. Any specific issues, just ask!
EvaToad2011-07-18 21:54:38 +0000 #4
Thanks, y'all!

I'm very excited and very nervous. I keep going back and forth between feeling confident that I'll be able to do the whole thing and certain that I won't be able to hack it. Then again, that's exactly how I felt about the century last summer and I made it in the end (perhaps the last one to ride across the finish, but I rode all 100 of those miles).

I do have one, somewhat trivial question. The packing lists and various info keep telling us there won't be a way to recharge things like cell phones at camp. Is that actually true? I'd really love to take my iphone so I can at least update friends and family (and donors!) along the ride. If there really won't be a way to recharge, I'm considering getting a solar charger.

And now, back to the indoor trainer while we wait out some surprise snow showers here in Portland...
Trek4202011-07-18 21:43:08 +0000 #5
There are no trivial questions. Ask away. Lots of trouring experience here, not just ALC.

*Keeping in touch in camp. There are the "top secret charging areas" but bring the solar charger, other riders and crew will thank you. Or consider blogging after the ride.

*The ride will go live on the web from Day 0. Your friends/family/sponsors can watch for pictures of you. They really get a feel for the ride and can send a message to you that will be in camp. You can't reply to those messages but I found they really kept me going.

*What to bring or leave home: more details to follow and I'm sure many will chime in.



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