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I have done the Bonitas 50km marathon on 18 Sept. Last weekend I did the Joburg Tri.

 

So the only thing that is left is a long bike ride.

 

The Valverde 168km event in the cradle on 8 October seems the obvious choice. Am going to ride the 6 laps solo on my own. My aim is 7 hours.

 

Any one else doing this?

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That said, I'm tempted. Hmm. Route profile? Though I guess it doesn't matter. Are you going to draft where possible or pure time trial? 168km on the road bike.. that's going to hurt.

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I scraped together a route profile in Google Earth. Looks manageable.

 

http://i52.tinypic.com/i1g1h1.jpg

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Time trial bars not allowed so I will basically go at it on my road bike. Plan is not to draft but take it lekker rustig. It is all about getting 7 hours in on the bike. Some company would be great though....

 

Dit gaan vokkin vervelig wees. Sal dalk my Drifta en I-Phone op my handlebars mount en rugby kyk of iets!!!

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Its the same route we used for a marathon brick session before IM this year except we parked at Something Country.

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I heard the Cape Town elevation delta is 2800m or something. Over 168km, this would be 2400m. Comparable.. and altitude. I will also take it leisurely if I do this, road bike is gonna suck. Gonna have to take the Clip-ons off and put them back for the Energade race the next day.

 

I'll see how much damage Energade does on Sunday, predicting none and planning a long run in the afternoon.

 

I'm expecting to average somewhere in the ballpark of 26km/h for Cape Town. So 6.5 hours seems on the mark for this race.

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Why put the bars back on for a drafting race?

 

Anyways, after this race, Harties BSG wil just be to stretch the legs a little bit.....

 

So join me, we can leave our coolerbox at the registration tent which is next to the road. So every lap we can quickly stop and refill etc.....

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Let me get back to you, need to check my schedule. Will decide on Sunday night.

 

Why use the bars? More comfortable. And I have the bars, may as well use them. Might not find a group that rides at a good pace at these races so will need to time trial a bit.

 

Sounds good, organised training ride :-)

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I phoned the organisers. no bars allowed. I told them I am goling solo but they said no.......

 

Ok please let me know. We will not be sorry come 6 November......

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Damn, bars would have been nice for a 6hr ride. New record on the road bike. SIGH... Let's say I'm 90% in, need to check with work colleagues about standby blah blah.

 

Yes, will not be sorry, I do agree. Should even squeeze in a brick run, but let's not push it.

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Not a bad idea.... Maybe we can do a 4km brick run. Although with the run route in Cape Town I am considering walking the first 7km's as it is uphill and the hopefully run the last 35km in 04h00....... Hope to do the marathon in 5:30 and the bike in 7 plus the swim in 100min......

 

Hoping for a 15 hour race.....

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I'm a bit undertrained for an IM distance. I'm not going to peg a time down with all those hills. I'd say "just finish" but if I'm going to be still running in the late evening, that's going to be a bit unpleasant :) The swim should be ok, it's flat afterall ;-) but the bike, I dunno. Those hills look rough. Will see about the marathon, the first few km on IM will always be slow. I'd be happy if I can do somewhere in the region of my time for 2011 IMSA. Add an extra hour for the hills. So if I can come in somewhere around 13.5 - 14 hours I'll be happy.

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