Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Gambrills, Maryland
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I have some experience in this area from my days as a baseball umpire. My greatest fear was in the 3rd or 4th inning of a very important game, I would have to use the facilities, and most of the fields were I worked didn't have any facilities!
You learn to eat far enough in advance that you are completely through with your meal by the time you leave for the game or the ride. The average game I umpired lasted well over two hours, and, at times, when doing double headers, with an hour between games, you could have ridden a fact century! You also learn what to eat and what not to eat.
Plan ahead. You can also plan the route so you will pass close to fast-food restaurants, shopping malls, public libraries, athletic complexes that have facilities, so that, should the need arise.
I plan all of my routes so that I will be near one of these places at least every 90 minutes so I can refill my water bottles and, if needed, use the facilities.
I have done several 35, 40 and 50 milers and never once had to - well, shall we say had to "sit down?"