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Old 06-15-10, 11:34 PM   #1
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130 miles and 90% any advice from the pro riders

Well it looks like the weather is clear and 90s for my Boston to Provincetown ride. I will be on the cape by noon and right on the water for much of the last leg of the ride. Any advice for doing over 100 miles in this heat would be welcome
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In California I did plenty of centuries in 90-100 degree weather. There's no good substitute for just getting used to the heat, but other than that the regular drink a lot of water and eat enough.

I did 119 miles last weekend on 4 24oz water bottles and 4 clif bars, but it wasn't too hot. One thing I try to avoid is too much electrolytes - water them down at least 50%, especially if you're drinking a lot. If you're having any trouble during the ride, don't stress over stopping in the shade for awhile or dowsing yourself with water, either can make a world of difference and you'll ride better for miles.
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Well it looks like the weather is clear and 90s for my Boston to Provincetown ride. I will be on the cape by noon and right on the water for much of the last leg of the ride. Any advice for doing over 100 miles in this heat would be welcome
Check the Cape weather. It should be only in the 70's. I don't even see 90's forecasted for any morning Boston temps.
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Be sure to use a sports drink and to avoid pure water.

Excessive amounts of water can lead to water poisoning. Pure water is not absorbed well without salt or electrolytes.

I use moderatly salty foods and sports drinks to keep from becoming bloated.

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Lots of good advice so far.

And make sure your drinks, be they water or some other mix, are cold as much as possible. Insulated bottles help, and lots of folks use a Camelbak or similar water pack. Plenty of others can't stand anything on their backs, so unless you're comfortable wearing one, don't use this ride to try one out.

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To avoid stomach upset, avoid electrolytes. To avoid cramping, use lots of electrolytes. That's what I've learned so far.

One other bit of vital advice is: Don't be Fat. Extra energy generated, extra insulation so the heat can't get out.

Don't expect pros to answer your questions, either. There are first class riders of all descriptions around here, but not pros.
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