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Re: Gettin' psyched for ProgDay

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  • biceeichler
    ... This was my third serious attempt at it. I tried two years ago and only made it 52 miles because the day I scheduled for the ride turned out to be the
    Message 1 of 21 , Aug 24, 2013
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      --- In ProgAndOther@yahoogroups.com, stevesly@... wrote:
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      > 100 miles, yes that is impressive. I got into biking for a while
      > back about 10 years ago or so and got up to where I could do
      > about 35 to 40 miles, but that was about the limit.

      This was my third serious attempt at it. I tried two years ago and only made it 52 miles because the day I scheduled for the ride turned out to be the hottest, most humid day of the Summer, so I didn't last long.

      Last summer I waited until well into Fall to avoid the heat, and we ended up getting a freak cold snap on the day I picked - when I started out in the morning, I had to wear gloves and a winter coat. About a mile into the ride, my odometer broke and it took half the day to get a new one installed, so I only made it 64 miles that time.

      But on Saturday everything lined up - perfect weather, no mechanical failures, I was able to get a relatively early start so by lunch time I already had 41 miles ridden and was still feeling good, so I was determined to finish it this time.

      I actually quit around 6pm with 10 miles to go because my legs felt like they had turned to rubber with broken glass ground up inside, so I went home, ate an entire pizza, laid flat on the floor and watched TV for two hours. Then I realized that there was about an hour of daylight left and I was never going to get closer to finishing 100 miles than I was right then, so I forced myself to go out and ride the last 10 miles by doing 40 laps around a little quarter mile path at a park near my house.

      Final stats:

      Distance ridden: 100.2 miles

      Time: 8:30am to approx 9pm

      Route: Elizabethtown PA to Lebanon PA rails-to-trails (41 miles), Hershey PA bike path (15 miles), Harrisburg PA Capital Area Greenbelt (34 miles), Randolph park (10.2 miles)

      According to the trip computer on my bike odometer:

      Max speed: 28.4 mph
      Avg speed: 12.8 mph
      Total time on bike: 7 hrs, 48 minutes
      Calories burned: 4,766
    • progluvr
      Hey, I m impressed!! About the bike ride...puts me to shame. : ) Deb In a message dated 8/23/2013 4:31:39 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time, ... I ve been
      Message 2 of 21 , Aug 25, 2013
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        Hey, I'm impressed!!  About the bike ride...puts me to shame.  : )
         
        Deb
         
        In a message dated 8/23/2013 4:31:39 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time, eichler2@... writes:
         


        --- In ProgAndOther@yahoogroups.com, "Storey, Scott D. (MSFC-IS70)" <scott.d.storey@...> wrote:
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        > I'll buy a Belgian to share with you Bob E as usual :^)

        I've been trying to cut back on my drinking because lately it seems like every time I have a few beers, I get a terrible hangover that lasts for days. I'm sure ProgDay will put that resolution to the test though.

        As part of my healthier living initiative, I'm trying to exercise more, mostly in the form of bike rides. Last weekend I managed to ride 100 miles in one day, which has been a goal of mine for years. Why do I mention it? Because I'm mentioning it to EVERYBODY. I rode 100 friggin' miles. On a mountain bike. Which utterly failed to impress my wife. "I was going to call the cops - I thought you had a heart attack and were lying dead by the road somewhere."

        -- Bob

      • sdorth
        I ll be there this year. My attendance of prog fests has been greatly reduced since the birth of my son, so I m really looking forward to this. I need a
        Message 3 of 21 , Aug 25, 2013
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          I'll be there this year. My attendance of prog fests has been greatly reduced since the birth of my son, so I'm really looking forward to this. I need a breather from work, too, so it'll be double the fun.

          I'm planning on attending the Friday and Saturday night shows as well, so I'm hoping some of the rest of you will show up as well. In fact, it would be nice to arrange a group departure from the hotel. You know, designated driver and all that...

          Once again, I know very few of the bands playing this year. Oblivion Sun, Miriodor and Morglbl are about it.

          I've already bought some refreshments for the trip. Lots of Hefe Weizen and a few bottles of assorted whiskeys. Gotta keep up the tradition, don't cha know.

          Cheers,

          Scott

          --- In ProgAndOther@yahoogroups.com, "biceeichler" <eichler2@...> wrote:
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          > I can't believe ProgDay is only a little over a week away. Where did the Summer go? Seems like only a week or two ago that my daughter finished 8th grade, but she already had her high school orientation last night.
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          > Anyway, I've been listening to the sample files from the ProgDay web site. Mostly good stuff - should be an interesting year. For some reason I'm the most excited about the Iranian band - their music is more neoproggy than I usually go for, and the accented vocals are a little iffy, but how often do you get a chance to see a prog band from Iran? I didn't even know such a thing existed. Corima and simakDialog are my other picks for bands I'll probably like, but there are a bunch this year that could be newfound favorites.
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          > So who else from the list is going, and are you planning on doing either of the shows at Local 506, or just the main event at Storybook? I'm going to try to hit everything, although I only really like one of the three Friday night bands, and wasn't wild about the samples of the band that's playing with Morglbl Saturday night. Maybe they'll grow on me.
          >
          > -- Bob
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