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    What, me worry? Telly's Avatar
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    Stating to venture out / building up strength confidence for a long tour!

    Hello everyone,

    It's been six months since I've gotten back on the saddle (four since I last drove!) and now that I've gotten used to commuting (small distances), I'm starting to venture out past the safety zone of the city.

    Even though there are quite a lot of riding groups popping up in Athens, every time I've ridden with one, they where either too slow (Sunday cyclists) or semi-pro teams where the pace was too high.

    Thankfully I have a riding buddy, and when available we set out to break our distance records and pretty much match speed/stamina so no one gets tired or frustrated. I'd like to ask advice on planning and taking longer tours (50+ km) from the experts here.

    Below are some pics of our latest mini-tour (40km) yesterday (Feb. 4th) to a nice beach in southern Athens...


    Myself and my riding buddy on the way there...


    At our destination...


    Enjoying some java...


    Trekking bikes doing what they do best! (the left one is an 8-speed, but kept up surprisingly well!)
    Last edited by Telly; 02-04-12 at 11:31 PM.

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    Thanks for the photos. I expected the sea to be darker, like wine as Homer described it. :-)

    I don't have any advice to offer. You seem to know what to do.

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    What, me worry? Telly's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Thanks for the photos. I expected the sea to be darker, like wine as Homer described it. :-)
    Actually the Aegean sea has a very specific shade, and it's own color! http://www.colourlovers.com/color/01044B/Aegean_Blue

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    Just keep on riding. Commuting to work has helped me so I am not sure if that might be an option for you or not. Keep riding in different areas, learning to like the hills, dial in the proper fit, learn how to eat right before riding, during riding and post riding. Nutrition is a big thing I am learning while riding.

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    Hey ChefIsaac, I manage to clock more than 250km per month commuting! Nutrition, especially before touring is still my weak point. What do you eat before starting out a tour / long ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Just keep on riding. Commuting to work has helped me so I am not sure if that might be an option for you or not. Keep riding in different areas, learning to like the hills, dial in the proper fit, learn how to eat right before riding, during riding and post riding. Nutrition is a big thing I am learning while riding.
    Telly is in Greece. He's better love the hills. He doesn't have much choice. His country isn't flat like that big city with the Greek name you ride in. :-)

    Telemachus, I find it's best to eat a little more the night before a long or hard ride, and drink a lot of water the day before. Don't turn glutton and gorge yourself. Just have a normal dinner with perhaps an extra portion of starches - for example, rice and beans. The morning of the ride, eat and drink what you normally would.

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    Telemachus? Not even close Neil! lol (Try Aristotle!)

    Thanks for the info! I always "under" eat before a ride for fear of riding on a full stomach which of course I end up getting drained out quickly. One thing I've been looking into is perhaps starting off in the morning with some all-bran and making a nice smoothie with fruits and dairy products (greek yoghurt maybe combined with fresh seasonal fruit). What would you guys have the evening before and on the morning of a long ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Telemachus? Not even close Neil! lol (Try Aristotle!)

    Thanks for the info! I always "under" eat before a ride for fear of riding on a full stomach which of course I end up getting drained out quickly. One thing I've been looking into is perhaps starting off in the morning with some all-bran and making a nice smoothie with fruits and dairy products (greek yoghurt maybe combined with fresh seasonal fruit). What would you guys have the evening before and on the morning of a long ride?
    I should have looked on Google. Actor Telly Savalas was also named after the philosopher.

    I eat everything 'wrong', since I'm not racing. But I normally find pasta the night before is a good choice. I have to watch my dairy intake so milk products are out, especially the morning of the ride. I stick to water or sports drinks diluted with water. Morning of I generally have something I've been told I shouldn't eat before a ride - meat, such as sausage.

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    What I normally eat before long rides is 4 scrambled eggs, 1 cup of raw oatmeal (I eat it cooked of course) one banana, one orange and 4 pieces of bacon.

    If I am in a hurry I eat Mcdonalds. Not my favorite but it really does give me prolonged energy. Also plan to eat a little every half hour. I have never toured and my longest ride is 65 miles with a lot of hills but I think/hope I am on the right track.

    Homemade energy bars made with oatmeal, peanut butter and honey are VERY good. PM me and I can shoot you a recipe.

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    You probably only need a snack every hour or so. Fruit and some protein is my snack of choice. Keep hydrated, and ride more. The more you ride, the longer/faster you'll be able to go. Sweet beach, by the way!

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