I will be attempting a ride that I am frankly not adequately prepared for. However, I intend to finish.
I am somewhat concerned about muscles, but I am more concerned about my knees not behaving. I'm thinking about popping a single ibuprofen after 4 hrs of riding followed by an additional ibuprofen every 4 hrs until I finish.
I actually have a high pain tolerance, but I'm thinking that taking something that could reduce swelling could prevent injury. I am riding to finish, not race. All the same, I don't like to do things that others would consider cheating.
What do people think of taking pain medication during a ride? Common sense, personal choice, or cop out?