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photoblog image Audax Randonneurs #5

Audax Randonneurs #5

Helping myself to a meal of steamed rice with red curry chicken at the checkpoint about 130km into the ride.

 

This checkpoint is at Prasat PhomPhon, a very attractive ancient Khmer ruin site that is believed to be the oldest in Thailand.

 

After the exuberance of the hills, I am now starting to feel a little tired. I know the remaining 70km will be a challenge, as I have never ridden this far in a day before. And...I have ridden a bit too fast and left all my group behind...lessons here for this old novice!

 

[I will finish this series next week]

Audax Randonneurs #5

Helping myself to a meal of steamed rice with red curry chicken at the checkpoint about 130km into the ride.

 

This checkpoint is at Prasat PhomPhon, a very attractive ancient Khmer ruin site that is believed to be the oldest in Thailand.

 

After the exuberance of the hills, I am now starting to feel a little tired. I know the remaining 70km will be a challenge, as I have never ridden this far in a day before. And...I have ridden a bit too fast and left all my group behind...lessons here for this old novice!

 

[I will finish this series next week]

comments (14)

for me personally, the statistics you mention are indeed challenging. i have never owned a road bike (or padded shorts!) and have never covered 100+km in a single day, so you are already much ahead of me, Ray! i think the rice and curried chicken helped.
Ray: The food was very helpful, Ayush. On a ride like this you might burn 3 times your normal number of calories in the day, and so it is important to keep "fuel" in the tank.

I think the fundamental idea of Audax becomes clear...it is the encouragement of people to travel further on a bicycle than they might normally think feasible.
Watch out when you leave the peloton!
Ray: Thank you for that advice, Larry.

Unfortunately, I was already in front of the peleton so had to deal with anticipation of a long ride on my own to the finish Checkpoint.
YUM!
Once again - so proud of you!
This is amazing!!
Ray: YUM was correct, Elizabeth!

[Audax is active in USA, although I believe it is the Group Ride style rather than Randonneuring in your country.]
Pace yourself, Man, pace yourself! HA! So glad you get to replenish yourself with sustenance in the meantime. smile
Ray: The event was well catered, Ginnie...two meals plus fruit snacks plus cold water were readily available.

Alas, by this Checkpoint my ignoring of your good advice re self-pacing ensured that the final 70km would be a test of body and mind.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Dec 2017, 05:47
Bon appétit ! J'aime beaucoup le curry.
Ray: Le poulet au curry rouge sur riz a fait un excellent ravitaillement pour moi, Martine.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Dec 2017, 06:38
I’m in admiration. 70km is a good ride in itself for me ( but then you know that we have mountains in southern England wink ) I want to do to do a ride of around 170km (100 miles is the target) for 2018. When I say “want”, I mean I feel that I should...
Ray: Having watched your cycling life on Strava for some time, Alan, I have no doubt that you could handle a 200km ride.

Perhaps not an Audax event, though, as it has a time limit that your habit of stopping at every cakeshop would make too much of a challenge.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 29 Dec 2017, 07:09
I very much expect you roundly deserved this fuel to keep your parts moving ..
Ray: One must keep fuel in ones tanks, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Dec 2017, 07:56
Yes, you deserved a good meal -I am full of admiration for your riding.
Ray: I have to admit that I like this Audax phenomenon, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 29 Dec 2017, 08:19
At least you will ensure that their is not much food left Ray. Do these people know that you were taking their food.
Ray: It seems they have photographic evidence of my pilfering, Chad, so I may see a Mr Plod at the front door some time soon.

I did serve myself a decent helping.
Remember the tortoise and the Hare Ray grin
Ray: I remember, Bill, so didn't dally long in the Checkpoints.

The experienced riders, though, spend 20-30 minutes resting at each stop.
Yes, you must learn to pace yourself, you old dear!
Ray: Some of us old dears just cannot accept that they might be getting old, Mary.

The youngster to the left of me is one of the top riders [I call them Boy Wonders] in the Province and has published records for many popular routes around the Province...nevertheless, this old dear has made assaults on some of these records and even succeeded in besting a couple of them.
I'm sure the curried rice kept you going, Ray smile
Ray: The food gave me a boost, for sure, Tom.
I'm not sure Curried Chicken would be my choice of pick-me-up with 70k.still to go.
Ray: Ha ha

I am well used to Thai food after 17 years in the country, Brian, so the curry and rice was perfect for me.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jan 2018, 05:34
I suppose this is the equivalent of Alan's mince pies when he is cycling!

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