Set off today with the intention of besting my furthest road ride of 61.5 miles. I woke nice and early and was on the road for 6:45AM armed with lots of water and Perpetuem.
Well the first 35 miles were fine but I had decided the time was right to stop being afraid of major hills and added a a 7% - 2.5 mile climb to my route at mile 35. Well, thats where the fun started. First of all it was hot for me (approx 68 degrees), and I was wearing a cheap rain jacket as all of my previous rides I have gotten soaked through. The cheap jacket was not good in the hot weather, I was soaked with sweat within an hour. By the time I got to the hill I realized that my first water bottle was almost empty and my second full of warming Perpetuem. I decided to conserve what water I had left and attacked the hill. The hill proceeded to hand me my a$$ back on a silver plate - I had to stop twice and actually walked a few hundred feet. I did get to the top of the hill but now had dead legs - I rolled down the other side of the hill and felt very beaten. That was a very tough hill for me.
All of a sudden an Oasis appeared at the base of the hill in the form of a factory outlet along with its very own "Fatburger" - I rolled into Fatburger, ordered a bacon and egg sandwich with a coke and called my SAG vehicle to come get me (my wife - shes a very patient lady). Of course, by the time my ride home appeared the two cups of Coke had worked into my system and I felt pretty good! Thank goodness I had $ to buy some fluids.
I accepted the ride home and soaked in the bath for an hour. I rode 41 miles in 3.5 hours, including the nasty hill.
Could anyone please advise me on how to get around the following for a Clyde on a long-distance ride such as this?
1. Perpetuem - Im close to 300lbs and the recommended serving is 2.5 per hour. On a long ride (5+ hours), that close to 13 servings - how the heck do I get all that product onto those tiny bottles form Hammer? The only way I can think of is to use one of my water bottles and means less actual water for the ride. Not to mention it gets expensive at 13.5 servings per weekend.
2. What are those water-bottle carriers called that attach to the seat? This would give me more options.
3. Im a big guy, can anyone recommend a very light, roomy, thin, cheap rain jacket? In the PNW you never know when its gonna rain - never mind 5 hours from now.
4. How can I attack these hills in a more logical manner? I did get up this hill but at a price.
5. How do I spot dehydration early - other than being thirsty?
6. Any other general comments welcome.
Thanks guys, you keep me going!