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Old 04-13-08, 02:25 PM   #1
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30 miles

I completed my first 30 mile ride this morning. My previous long ride was 27 miles with an 11 mph average. Today's ride took just under 2 hours, so about 15 mph average speed. I feel pretty good about it. I'm about 6'4" and 285 lbs with aspirations to get some longer rides under my belt.
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Congrats! How do you feel physicclly? If you feel pretty good, and did 30, you can do 50! (although you may hurt a bit )
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I do feel pretty good. My legs are a bit tired, but not hurting me. Though, I would probably need 2 water bottles to make 50 miles.
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Maybe more than that, and a snack or two as well to feed the machine and keep your energy levels up.
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I do feel pretty good. My legs are a bit tired, but not hurting me. Though, I would probably need 2 water bottles to make 50 miles.
More than two water bottles. Dehydration is a pain.
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Congrats! I remember my first 30 miler - man I ate and drank the rest of the day away watching baseball. Good times
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I do feel pretty good. My legs are a bit tired, but not hurting me. Though, I would probably need 2 water bottles to make 50 miles.
Figure on 1L just over 1 US Quart per hour, given that most water bottles are 750ML (L) given a pace of 15MPH the 50 miler is a little over 3 hours or say 3L or just over 4 full bottles, best way to get that capacity, is a 2L CAMELBAK or similar hydration unit, plus 2 bottles. Cheap way of getting that capacity is to strap a 2L pop bottle filled with water on your bike, if you want it cold, fill full, and pop into the deep freeze, top up just before you leave. Plus have 2 bottles, which you will refill from the pop bottle when you stop for some reason. For bikes with a rack, you can always strap your water supply onto the rack.....
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Congrats! Definitely keep hydrated on long rides!
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I read a big thing by Hammer Nutrition, and it actually has good info to it. I generally try to consume about 20-30oz water/hour depending on conditions. Any less and if it's over 2 hours, I'm dehydrated like crazy and hurting. Any more and I'm waterlogged which is pretty bad in and of itself. I did the 20-30oz/hour rule on my last long ride and it worked *perfectly*.

Of course, YMMV
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I do feel pretty good. My legs are a bit tired, but not hurting me. Though, I would probably need 2 water bottles to make 50 miles.
You need more than that. Congratulations on your new personal best.
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30 miles @ 15 MPH is a great milestone. Congratulations and keep riding.
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