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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-29-12, 02:24 PM   #1
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I am Ready for 100 miler

Today was great. Met up with Paisan, Will, and Ibohunt for a wonderful 80 mile ride. This ride was a bench mark, really, for me to see if I would be able to handle it and handle the 100 miler. I must say, it went VERY well.

We have been doing metric centuries the last three weekends and they have gotten easier with each one and I have learned a lot.

The last metric century, I walked away knowing that I needed to tweak a few things:

1) on the ride nutrition. I tried the store bought stuff and it was OK but wanted to try something home made with less ingredients, thinking that it might be better for my stomach

2) I needed a reminder to eat and drink. Time can slip away from you when riding.

3) My upper back and shoulders killed me on longer rides.

So last week, I tweaked stuff. I made a homemade simple (three ingredients really) energy bar. I also picked up my Edge 800 and learned (a little) how to use it. I mainly used it for the time alert so every 15 minutes, the alarm would beep and I knew to eat a little and drink a little. I also went in early last week and got another fitting, order some stuff, got new bar tape with gel and also new summer gloves.

Everything went great. Eating the bars and drinking every 15 minutes went awesome and I was never hungry nor thirsty. It is hard not to pound down the water because I love water so it was a challenge. The Garmin kicked @ss. I love that thing. Do not know how to use it but I love it. I also hooked up my HRM. I really do not know how to use it effectively but I am learning. And the changes I made on the bike were solid and helped out a lot too.

All in all, it was a great ride. 83.75 miles at a 15.9 mph average. Felt great.

I know my nutrition and hydration was solid on the bike because I used to feel soooooo tired on the drive home and for the rest of the night but not today!

Ibohunt: Great to meet you and thank you for making the long drive out and back. Thank you Chris for teaching me so much and thank you Will for being my "suffer" body.

I am now ready for the century!
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Old 04-29-12, 03:02 PM   #2
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Good. Sixteen mph for 80 miles is very respectable. And there's no doubt that if you can ride 80 miles, you can ride 100.

You don't mention your neck and shoulders. Better? If so, make a note of how you've set the bike up so you can estimate the effect of future tweaking. When I first started experimenting with my set-up, I made the mistake of changing several things at a time so I didn't know which specific changes had made the difference.
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Old 04-29-12, 03:20 PM   #3
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How about the recipe for your homemade energy bar? I would love to try it.
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Old 04-29-12, 03:21 PM   #4
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Thanks Chas.

Yes, upper back and shoulders rode well. I raised everything up, stem, etc. I was able to actually use the drops more too which was nice.
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Old 04-29-12, 05:11 PM   #6
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How about the recipe for your homemade energy bar? I would love to try it.
No prob. I will shoot it to you this week when I am at work. If you do not hear back from me, PM me. I do forget.
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Thank you Neil!
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Old 04-29-12, 05:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for letting me drag along Chef. Had a good time.

He could have done 100 today easy and then some. Strong rider.

Chefbars kick Cliff bars butt....

so good I think I ate all mine within 15 miles and then all I had was Cliff bars.
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Old 04-29-12, 06:11 PM   #9
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I want the bar recipe too!

And congratulations on the great ride.
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Old 04-29-12, 06:20 PM   #10
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It was a great ride, the bars were rocking..The company was good and "I Bow Hunt" is a friggin machine. Just a warning to any clydes thinking of riding with him, be prepared, very prepared...hahahahah
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Cheffbars!!!???!!! MMMMMM..you may be on to something!
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I think that recipe needs to be posted here. There certainly seems to be enough interest.
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You guys are machines! I couldn't average that for 20 miles let alone 80. Was this on packed limestone?
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Old 04-29-12, 06:40 PM   #14
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What hasn't been posted is that we shot out of the gate and averaged 17.9 for the first hour and we covered from miles 5 to 24 in an hour for a 19mph avg.

The guys were killing it today... by guys I mean IBOHUNT
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Chefbars! Chefbars! Chefbars!

I do confess that I like clifbars. They taste more like food than some energy bars. I'm always willing to upgrade though.
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Chefbars! Chefbars! Chefbars!

I do confess that I like clifbars. They taste more like food than some energy bars. I'm always willing to upgrade though.
They can be too dry. The ones I made give you the opportunity to use wholesome nutrition as the base and can add on to that. I just hate looking at the ingredients statement and trying to figure out what each thing does. I often wonder if thats why upset stomachs happen on long rides.
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You guys are machines! I couldn't average that for 20 miles let alone 80. Was this on packed limestone?
Roads were pretty nice, at least for South Jersey. The only roads that sucked where the chipped ones. Too much vibration.
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It was a great ride, the bars were rocking..The company was good and "I Bow Hunt" is a friggin machine. Just a warning to any clydes thinking of riding with him, be prepared, very prepared...hahahahah
Yeah, with IBOHUNTS computer going slower and Will's computer saying we were doing 6 mph when we were doing 17 plus was funnier as heck. And there is no drafting off ibohunt. He is too small.
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Sixty-Fiver has a good recipe for home made bars. As far as I can remember it goes one cup honey, three cups oatmeal, a handful of dried fruit - raisins or chopped apricots or whatever - mixed together over heat then pressed out in a shallow dish, refrigerated and cut into bars. I thought they were pretty palatable. A tad sticky, though, so wrap them well...
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They can be too dry. The ones I made give you the opportunity to use wholesome nutrition as the base and can add on to that. I just hate looking at the ingredients statement and trying to figure out what each thing does. I often wonder if thats why upset stomachs happen on long rides.
Maltodextrin. Its a sugar that can have a laxative effect if consumed in large amounts. Like, say, a couple or three energy bars.
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And there is no drafting off ibohunt. He is too small.
Railing on the little guy again I see
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You guys are machines! I couldn't average that for 20 miles let alone 80. Was this on packed limestone?
I'll echo that sentiment. When I saw that stat, I couldn't believe it. That was one impressive ride.
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Railing on the little guy again I see
Hard to draft off ya when u can't keep a line and/or when u keep crashing.

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I'll echo that sentiment. When I saw that stat, I couldn't believe it. That was one impressive ride.
This is a true testiment of what teamwork can do.
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Oh I got a taste of that the other day on a shop ride with 8 total newbs and saw my life flash before my eyes. Was completely horrified, mea maxima culpa.
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