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This was Saturday's effort at the Tour of the Unknown Coast - regarded as California's Toughest Century. Having focused my recent training on efficiency over the long haul with low heart rate "steady state" efforts, this was quite a departure from the norm. Essentially, it was a 100-mile sprint consisting of 10,000 feet of climbing over mixed surface conditions. Rode the initial 35-40 miles with a large lead group that splintered on the first major ascent. The race winner was quickly out of sight so I dug-in for the next 60 miles solo effort and managed a 2nd place finish - my best in a dozen years. Heart rate averaged 149 bpm with a max of 174 bpm. Felt pretty darn fresh at the end! Almost "RAAM Ready"........

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19 hours ago

Michael Davies-Hughes

Good day on the bike. Tour of the Unknown Coast. #touroftheunknowncoast #raceacrossamerica #revolutionbicycles #adventuresedge ... See MoreSee Less

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Love reading to kids! Getting some carpet time with Kindergarten students at Grant School. #earlyliteracy #raceacrossamerica ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Interested in crewing on my RAAM support team (Team Red Dragon)? One of the crew had to pull-out, and so we have a spot available for an individual who loves adventure and is willing to take part in the event of a lifetime. Time commitment is June 8 through June 15/16 Medical training preferred. Message me or email mdavieshughes@gmail.com if interested. ... See MoreSee Less

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I decided to give it a 'poke' this morning on the TT bike. Left the house at 2:07 AM and completed 100 mls in under 5 hrs (20.23 mph average). Felt pretty darn good! RAAM starts 4-weeks from today! Go Team Red Dragon!

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Sub-5 hr Century before breakfast! 4 weeks from today I Race Across America...... #raceacrossamerica #revolutionbicycles #adventuresedge #keeppedaling ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Jacklyn and Eureka Natural Foods for your generous donation to help keep me fueled for RAAM!! 28 days to go!! #eurekanaturalfoods #fuelfortheride ... See MoreSee Less

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"Great training ride today. Got the eating and drinking schedule right! 102 mls at 18 mph with a nice low average heart rate of 114 BPM. Happy to have the Red Dragon follow vehicle with me for company - thanks Mark and Susi Huschle for making the early morning commitment. One month to go until RAAM!! michaelsraam.com"

Relive 'Steady State Century - AHR 114'
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Listen-in to KHUM today (Thursday, 5/10) at noon for an interview on RAAM and the Early Literacy Partners Program #michaelsraam.com ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Listen-in to KHUM today (Thursday, 5/10) at noon for an interview on RAAM and the Early Literacy Partners Program #michaelsraam.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Race simulation. Ride-Sleep-Ride. Just over a month to go!.... #raceacrossamerica #noexcuses #imtired ... See MoreSee Less

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Sleep deprivation simulation. Left at 9 pm for 4 hr ride, slept for 2 1/2 hrs, then back on the bike for 1 1/2 hrs..... Only a month to go - gotta do it!

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I could not chase my dream of racing RAAM without the support of this beautiful woman. Happy early Mother’s Day, Tami. You’re a gem. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Great morning to be on the road and cranking it out around the bay. Windstill, clear skies and nary a car in sight. Goal was to keep a steady tempo at 20 mph for 40 mls - just below the point at which the legs start protesting. After a 200 ml ride on Saturday and a rest day on Sunday, the legs had recovered well. Race Across America starts 5-weeks from tomorrow!

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1hr sleep, 13 hrs in the saddle.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Heading out the door for a 12 hour ride. No excuses....... #raceacrossamerica #noexcuses ... See MoreSee Less

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Is it wrong to get excited when I open a package like this for cycling? #feelthepain #avoidthepain #raceacrossamerica #revolutionbicycles #adventuresedge #nosaddlesores ... See MoreSee Less

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Meet my new BFF. Over the coming weeks we’ll become intimately familiar with each other 😉 #infinitysaddles #raceacrossamerica #comfortable #nosaddlesores ... See MoreSee Less

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Out the door a little before 3 AM with no clear destination in mind. The only goal was to ride for 4 hrs. Most of my training rides are highly structured with specific performance targets, so it's always a treat to "point and ride." Skirted neighborhoods in Eureka, Samoa, Manila, Bayside, Arcata, Korbel, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook, McKinleyville and Cutten. The only human interaction I had was a "hands-free" call to my mom back in Wales. She thinks I'm a little nuts too! Enjoy viewing today's meanderings....................

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