Wizards 51st Birthday Unicycle Challenge

March 10th, 2016 at 5:35:32 PM permalink
Wizard
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As most of you may remember, I challenged myself to ride a unicycle 50 miles for my 50th birthday, which I'm proud to say I did.

Now I'm planning to do 51 miles for my 51st. You might think this is no big step up, but it takes a ton of training just to get to the 50 mile point. So, it will be like starting all over again.

However, before that I am planning to do an 80-mile bicycle ride on April 16, the day of the WoV Spring Fling. I'm well on my way to doing that. I did 60 miles today and only a little bit sore. As long as I get to 80, I may as well do a century (100 mile ride). I will tentatively plan to do that in early May. I'd prefer to do an organized ride, but don't know of any around here in early May, so will just do an informal one on my own.

Once I do that, I'll be in good shape to do 50 miles on a unicycle. A good rule of thumb is that a mile on a unicycle is as hard as two on a bicycle.
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March 10th, 2016 at 6:04:15 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Juggling on a uni is all I'll except
this year.
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March 13th, 2016 at 8:12:07 PM permalink
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Quote: Wizard
Now I'm planning to do 51 miles for my 51st. You might think this is no big step up, but it takes a ton of training just to get to the 50 mile point. So, it will be like starting all over again.


You might as well add a mountain 100 times your age in meters. You are already covered through age 52. Of course that would probably mean some travel to South America.

Chacaltaya 5,421 17,785 Andes Bolivia
Mount Pomiu 5,413 17,759 Qionglai Range Sichuan, China
Ritacuba Blanco 5,410 17,749 Andes Colombia
Haba Xueshan 5,396 17,703 Himalaya Yunnan, China
Nevado del Ruiz 5,389 17,680 Andes Colombia 23,000 people died in 1985 eruption
El Altar 5,320 17,454 Andes Ecuador
Mount Foraker 5,304 17,402 Alaska Range Alaska, USA
Mount Haramukh 5,300 17,388 Himalaya India (Jammu and Kashmir)
Maipo 5,264 17,270 Andes Argentina/Chile
Illiniza 5,248 17,218 Andes Ecuador
Sirbal Peak 5,236 17,178 Himalaya Kashmir Valley, India (Jammu and Kashmir)
Sangay 5,230 17,159 Andes Ecuador
Iztaccíhuatl 5,230 17,159 Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt Mexico Third highest in Mexico
Mount Lucania 5,226 17,146 Saint Elias Mountains Yukon, Canada Third highest in Canada
Dykh-Tau 5,205 17,077 Caucasus Mountains North Caucasus, Russia Second highest in the Caucasus
Shkhara 5,201 17,064 Caucasus Mountains Georgia Highest in Georgia
Mount Kenya 5,199 17,057 Kenya Highest in Kenya
Malika Parbat 5,190 17,028 Himalaya Kaghan Valley, Pakistan|Highest in Kaghan Valley of Pakistan
Amarnath Peak 5,186 17,014 Himalaya Kashmir Valley, India (Jammu and Kashmir)
King Peak 5,173 16,972 Saint Elias Mountains Yukon, Canada Fourth highest in Canada
Boris Yeltsin Peak 5,168 16,955 Teskey Ala-Too Kyrgyzstan
Koshtan-Tau 5,150 16,896 Caucasus Mountains North Caucasus, Russia
Mount Ararat 5,137 16,854 Turkey Highest in Turkey
Mount Stanley 5,109 16,762 Ruwenzori Mountains Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda Third highest in Africa
Mount Steele 5,073 16,644 Saint Elias Mountains Yukon, Canada Fifth highest in Canada
Janga 5,051 16,572 Caucasus Mountains Georgia / North Caucasus, Russia Second highest in Georgia
Mount Kazbek 5,047 16,558 Caucasus Mountains Georgia Third highest in the country
Tungurahua 5,023 16,480 Andes Ecuador Active volcano
Carihuairazo 5,018 16,463 Andes Ecuador
Mount Bona 5,005 16,421 Saint Elias Mountains Alaska, USA Also given as 5,030 m or 5,045m
December 13th, 2016 at 11:34:54 AM permalink
rxwine
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Why? Why not?




It's about 1 minute and 45 seconds too long though.
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December 13th, 2016 at 12:23:19 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: Wizard
As most of you may remember, I challenged myself to ride a unicycle 50 miles for my 50th birthday, which I'm proud to say I did.
If you ain't getting paid for it, why do it?

Can you turn this unicycle stuff into a busking income?

Or spread a rumor that it is an entrance exam for becoming a certified giggolo and then sell press interviews, particularly to female journalists of high curiousity.

Can you select a particularly bicycle friendly route: There is one in Pennsylvania that is 52 miles... all down hill.(Police close off traffic and insist on a brake check first), There is one three day bike ride in Napa County, CA guaranteed to average one winery every five miles. There is one in Nevada that is a cycle tour of three large nudist colonies and one large nudist commune. There is one bicycle route near the Pit River in California that is a bicycle friendly eighty mile road trip that ends with a visit to a hundred year mud bath spa. After eighty miles on a bike you may need some mud-specializing masseuse. There is a bicydle route in Siskyou County that takes you thru several tourist towns, many of them totally off the grid.

Someone recently rode the Pacific Crest Trail all the way from Canada and is heading to Chile....being paid to test out a new bike and new camping equipment.
December 13th, 2016 at 2:24:24 PM permalink
Aussie
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It would be interesting to hear how biking the pacific crest trail went. I'm currently making my way through a blog of a young woman who hiked it south to north this year and I would think trying to ride a bike through the Sierras would be very tough given all the snow and difficult river crossings.