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    Drinking on Friday night and Racing on Sunday morning?

    Just did my first ever race last Sunday. Cat 5 Crit. Came in 10th! I'm registered for another crit this Sunday.

    I read on a beginner racers manual that I should refrain from drinking in the days following up to the race as that affects performance.... Really? I mean I understand not drinking the night immediately prior to the event and also not going too crazy and drinking way too much tonight for example. But having a few or several beers and/or cocktails tonight will really hurt my Cat 5ishness?

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    Last edited by FasterNearGirls; 07-22-11 at 11:37 AM. Reason: and/or cocktails ;) very important

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    Seriously? You are Cat 5. This ain't the Tour de France. Drink away.
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    drinking a bit 2 days before a race shouldnt have any affect...unless youre a pansy. If youre like me you could put it in your bag of excuses for why you didnt win.

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    Sounds good. That's what I was thinking!

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    Around here the common feeling is that we pro cat 4's race better when hung-over. I have always found that to be true. Don't know if it's because the alcohol thins your blood, you have a ton of carbs rolling around in your system, remaining effects make you race less inhibited or possibly dull reactions to make you less jittery or worried.....who knows. just seems to work.

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    what consists of "drinking" ? also i think how old you are may depend on how you recover...

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    A few weeks ago I drank way to much on Thursday, spent all day on Friday "praying to the porcelain god", woke up 530AM on Saturday to get my one and only top 5 finish (so far).

    It's Cat5, we all suck and you never know when other people will suck more than you at any given race.

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    Drinking never made me any faster, so I quit.

    Not drinking made me faster, because without hangovers I had more time to train!

    All of that said, I can't believe you're seriously asking us this..
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    All I know I was in Ireland a few years back and did the Irish thing...I drank Guinness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    Around here the common feeling is that we pro cat 4's race better when hung-over. I have always found that to be true. Don't know if it's because the alcohol thins your blood, you have a ton of carbs rolling around in your system, remaining effects make you race less inhibited or possibly dull reactions to make you less jittery or worried.....who knows. just seems to work.
    I shall test that common feeling / proven theory! Makes sense... Thanks!

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    are you kidding me? drink your face off.
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    You're a 5. Take it seriously later (if you want to) but have fun now. I've had some of my best rides and races hung over BTW.

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    This happens to be my training plan for this Sunday's race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    Around here the common feeling is that we pro cat 4's race better when hung-over. I have always found that to be true. Don't know if it's because the alcohol thins your blood, you have a ton of carbs rolling around in your system, remaining effects make you race less inhibited or possibly dull reactions to make you less jittery or worried.....who knows. just seems to work.

    Could be that you are soo hung over that you stop worrying about the race and just ride. Results tend to be better this way
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    who said there's no such thing as a stupid question?

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    If you're drinking on Friday (or any other day) you should be going to church on Sundays, not racing your bicycle.

    Alcohol is the Elixir Of Sin and, if you drink it, you're going straight to Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celticfrost View Post
    If you're drinking on Friday (or any other day) you should be going to church on Sundays, not racing your bicycle.

    Alcohol is the Elixir Of Sin and, if you drink it, you're going straight to Hell.
    Um.... okay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
    Could be that you are soo hung over that you stop worrying about the race and just ride. Results tend to be better this way
    I would definitely agree with this, but unfortunately I don't care about how I finish in any race.

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    I try...but invariably have 3 - 4 beers the night before any race. Going to experiment with this one however, and not drink Saturday night.

    But will be putting a few away watching the Tour this evening. (No spoilers please).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    Around here the common feeling is that we pro cat 4's race better when hung-over. I have always found that to be true. Don't know if it's because the alcohol thins your blood, you have a ton of carbs rolling around in your system, remaining effects make you race less inhibited or possibly dull reactions to make you less jittery or worried.....who knows. just seems to work.
    yep, same here. many years ago I won a race, super hot day, hilly course, with a long solo and a raging hangover.

    edit.... of course, I was 18 at the time and damn near invincible. no way I could do that now.
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    Yippee for being young. Generally, i'm still **** faced on saturday from friday and i do ok (generally a top 10).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    Yippee for being young. Generally, i'm still **** faced on saturday from friday and i do ok (generally a top 10).
    This makes me miss being utterly impermeable to hangovers, as I was until I hit 25. I don't think I appreciated it enough then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by VT Biker View Post
    I try...but invariably have 3 - 4 beers the night before any race. Going to experiment with this one however, and not drink Saturday night.

    But will be putting a few away watching the Tour this evening. (No spoilers please).
    some guy got in a breakaway. some other guy chased. they went up and down hills and one guy won. same old story as always

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    Around here the common feeling is that we pro cat 4's race better when hung-over. I have always found that to be true. Don't know if it's because the alcohol thins your blood, you have a ton of carbs rolling around in your system, remaining effects make you race less inhibited or possibly dull reactions to make you less jittery or worried.....who knows. just seems to work.
    As a scuba diver nothing is more foolish than a binge night the day before a big dive. In my foolish years, I'd head out on a morning run before I boarded the dive boat to get over a hang over. I had thought it worked. I'd rather feel hung over during the run than 80 feet down.. Never again. But, luckily , I lived though it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by withsriracha View Post
    This makes me miss being utterly impermeable to hangovers, as I was until I hit 25. I don't think I appreciated it enough then....
    It's really nice, but im far from impermeable, i had one tt where i just flat out sucked and was about a minute slower than the week before. now the difference was i was passed out till an hour before the race (race starts at 6 in the evening), and probably would have still blown above a 1.

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