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2015 Rapha Festive 500

Today, I finished up the Rapha Festive 500 challenge to ride 500k (310 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This makes three years in a row now that I have been able to complete the challenge, which hasn’t always been easy, given that we usually spend most of that time up in snowy and cold northwest Wisconsin. My ride today was a 78.8 mile ride from Shell Lake, Wisconsin to Heartwood Cabins (where Kristine and I had our wedding reception in 2003) via Hayward where I switched from my mountain bike to a rental fat bike.

One of the things that was really interesting this year is the crazy weather we have been having down in Alabama. Temps have been in the 60s and 70s degF just about every day in December. With these rare hot temps, I have been riding in shorts and short sleeve jersey unzipped nearly every ride. Then during the week before Christmas, it got even hotter despite the weather turning quite wet – Birmingham set record high temps three days in a row in the middle of some nasty rain and thunderstorms. Two of those days included December 24th and 25th – the first two days of the Festive 500. Transitioning from that to snowy Wisconsin was quite a shock to the system as evidenced by the table of rides below:

Ride Distance Climbing Pace Avg HR Temp
12/24 Hoover, AL fast century before Christmas Eve 101.95 mi 13,264 ft 17 mph 128 bpm 64 degF
12/25 Hoover, AL gunshots, thunderstorms, and rain 104.44 mi 9,859 ft 16.1 mph 116 bpm 63 degF
12/26 Shell Lake, WI around town garmin in pocket 2.8 mi 118 ft 6.5 mph
34 degF
12/27 Shell Lake, WI timberland hills 49.76 mi 3,320 ft 13.7 mph 117 bpm 18 degF
12/28 Shell Lake, WI finishing the festive 500 78.86 mi 4,879 ft 12.9 mph 123 bpm 16 degF

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Back with an adventure

Frozen Niagra

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Frozen Niagra, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Now that I’ve wrapped up just about everything for Race Across America this year – except for the poster-sized topocreator maps I’m sending out to supporters – I’m going to switch back to this blog for updates on my cycling adventures. Yesterday’s 326.3 mile, three-state ride in Alabama, through Tennessee, and into Kentucky definitely qualifies as an adventure. The reason for this adventure was to meet Kristine and the kids on their way back from Northern Indiana, where they had been visiting family.

Topocreator.com county map showing the 5 counties in Alabama, 9 counties in Tennessee, and 2 counties in Kentucky for this ride.Topocreator.com county map showing the 5 counties in Alabama, 9 counties in Tennessee, and 2 counties in Kentucky for this ride. Click to enlarge and then click again or pinch zoom to see the details of the map.

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