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Ride The Challenge Tour 2 days before the ride

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Wed may 23rd, 2012, 2 days before the New York to Chicago bike ride with NY Thrill Seekers, I been training for this ride for the last 2 months. 5 to 6 days per week one day off, and long rides on the weekends. But I gradually moved up every week.

Last night I got my new bike with my daughter Julie. I got the Raleigh Revenio 1.0 from REI http://www.rei.com/ from the Paramus REI Store. I did some research online and got help from Christian, so I when out and I check out the bikes, while in the store got help from Mike, he was great. He measured the bike to my specs, helped me with the tubes, pump and any questions I had. The cool thing about been a NY thrill seeker is that we have to become pros or semi pros at whatever field and events we set out to do. so we have to find the top gurus in that field to get us up to speed and know what to look for and what to stay away from on a rush!.

On this bike ride I got help from a good friend and a pro in bike tours Mr. Christian Cervegnano. He guided me on how to get the best performance on anything from changing gears to what to eat on my long bike tour. Then i go back with Vasil and i share the knowledge. Thanks Christian.

This morning I got up at 5:00 am, and did a light ride about 5 miles, just to keep my body conforable with the ride, and to try out the my new bike and to get a better feeling of it. after riding the new bike, i know I need to adjust the right pedal strap, otherwise the bike is a dream, I feel the very comfortable with it. I also wore the bike shorts for first time, at first it was like wearing wet diapers, lol gloves too.

Tonight i will add the water bottle racks, air pump and the seat bags on the back i also will bring:

    • 2 tubes
    • Patch kit
    • tooth brush and paste
    • baby wipes
    • desitin just in case!
    • Tools to change tires
    • Seat bags to carry items
    • Sunglass
    • Sun block
    • Chap stick
    • Rain weather gear
    • Night lights for people to see me or reflector
    • Water bottles/sports drink
    • Energy bars/Energy gels
    • Camera/Extra batteries for phone gps

When I first started training for the “Ride The Challenge From NYC to Chicago tour” I was using my a “schwinn sidewinder” mountain bike it was heavy but a comfortable ride.

after talking to Christian he advice me to switch to a road bike for long distance rides and tours, so I when out and got a used road bike. I got the “Nishiki Sport” From Mr. Andre Tulet 

It was and Older bike, rough ride, but very reliable, this bike helped me move up from 10 miles per hour to about 13 to 14 miles per hour without been as tired. In the beginning It was hard to get use to a road bike specially cause I change from a mountain bike, it took me a couple of days to get my body adjust to it. my upper back and shoulders were killing me the first few days, it was also because a road bike doesn’t have as much support as a mountain bike on the front, so I felt every bump on the road.

But after riding on a road bike for a couple of weeks I knew I had to step it up and get a better bike for this ride, so I got the Raleigh Revenio 1.0. My god! the difference is night and day between the 3 bikes. This bike glides downhill and is a smooth ride up when changing gears.

I feel very confident on this ride I’m not sure how long it will take me to finish it I would like to make it 8 days. currently I could do about 30 to 40 miles per day nonstop and then I do a small ride at night of about 10 more miles. We will have about 6 to 10 people joining the ride on Friday may 25th, we will be posting videos on youtube and facebook along the trip. We will also have some people joing our ride along the way for support. We also have NYC EMS looking out for us along the ride.

On friday i will be there for the start of the ride but i may ride a little later then everyone else, because i need to make sure im there from my son’s pre-k graduation.

My game plan it is to do about 65 to 70 the first day and do more every day until I could do 150 per day. Wishful thinking lol. Well I will keep you guys up to date. Thanks everyone for your help and support.

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Originally posted 2012-05-23 11:52:36.

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