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Old 08-29-07, 01:29 AM   #1
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What is your routine on a ride?

We all have them. How do we all prepare for an actual ride? I don't mean training-wise, but all the other things ... like clothing (ahem ... shorts), supplies, drinks, energy bars, etc ... just so that you don't forget it when you need it ...
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Old 08-29-07, 08:03 AM   #2
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Drink, Nuun tablet if < 1 hour ride, Accelerade for > 1 hour ride.

Right jersey pocket: Powerbar(s), digicam
Center jersey pocket
- Wrap Roll, (tube, mini-tool, SRAM link, patches, SOMA steel-core tire levers wrapped in a cloth diaper)
- Mini-Pump
Left jersey pocket - cell phone, ID/CC/Cash

Glasses - Helmet - Gloves - Shoes

Air up tires.

Reset computer.

GO!
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Old 08-29-07, 08:09 AM   #3
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Use the bathroom
pump tires
stuff food in jersey
stuff ID, CC, cash and (*&^%$ Treo in seat bag
put on shoes, helmet, gloves
lock up car
stuff key in seat bag
ride
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Old 08-29-07, 08:28 AM   #4
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Get dressed in whatever the heck I feel like that morning
Get snacks and drinks ready
do little ID pouch thingy with money, phone and stuff
do hair
check bike - tire pressure, quick realeases, etc.
do some stretches
spin around three times
do the hokey pokey
do the macarena
grab shoes, helmet, gloves
leave
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Old 08-29-07, 08:34 AM   #5
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wake up.
coffee , wheaties or Grape Nuts , and banana
(pump up tires night before. Check bike- lay out bike clothes)
put power bar in petite handlebar bag. ( same mini tool always kept in bag.)
if a harder ride, I take along 1 bottle water, one Accelerade( if not just 2 bottles water.)
put key , money, id in coin purse , put in handlebar bag.
Cleat covers in jersey pockets.
some stretches.
away I go.
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When driving to the start of a ride, I take an inventory starting with my feet and, working my way up, make sure everything is ready. Shoes, socks, leg warmers (seasonal), shorts, chamois butter (if necessary), base layer, heart-rate monitor, jersey, arm warmers, gloves, riding glasses, helmet. Then I cover the consumables: water, sports drink (Zym these days), gel, energy bars. And finally, some cash, ATM card, cell phone, bike computer, and maybe a camera. And I always double check to make sure I've put the bike's front wheel in the car.

When riding directly from home I'm a lot less organized. On Monday's ride up Mt. Hamilton and OLH I forgot the Hammer Gel which was kind of a bummer. Fortunately, our route to OLH brought us back by the house so I could grab some.
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Rush and hope I didn't forget anything...

Actually I try to prepare everything the night before so I don't have to rush as much. Sometimes it works!!
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- pump up tires, check all fasteners (bolts, etc), do the "bounce test"
- water in the bottle, bring two if I'll be out for more than an hour
- use the bathroom
- change into riding gear
- shoes on
- shades on
- helmet on
- go ride!
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put on jersey and shorts
cell in seat bag
pump tires
water+ice in polar bottle
key and gate opener in right jersey pocket
energy bar in middle pocket if > 1 hr ride
helmet + shades on
shoes on
clip in and go
think am I forgetting something? for the first few minutes...
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Old 08-29-07, 11:18 AM   #10
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Here's my routine
-take polar bottle from freezer and fill with water
-take other polar bottle with accelerade mix
-bibs, jersey, gloves on
-2 clif bars, mini pump in jersey pocket
-air up tires to 120 psi
-ID, money, tire levers, spare tube, cell phone, garage door opener, multi-tool in saddle bag
-helmet on
-sunblock on
-reset computer
-ride 1 block to Starbucks and read the paper










-oh, and ride.

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Here's my routine

-ride 1 block to Starbucks and read the paper
LOL - spoken like a true cyclist.

Mine is generally much more disorganized than you guys - it starts with procrastinating and ends with going back in the front door 2 or 3 times for whatever I forgot.

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Get up, get on bf.
Get a drink.
Get back on bf.
Get my bike.
Get back on bf.
Find stuff.
Get back on bf.
Look again for missing stuff, which usually amounts to half of what I need.
Get back on bf.
I do these jumpy things to stretch everything in my body, and crack my knuckles.
Then leave.
Get back on bf when I get home.
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Actually I try to prepare everything the night before so I don't have to rush as much. Sometimes it works!!
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I actually have to lay everything on top of the washer/dryer with the bike leaning next to the washer/dryer and then load 'em up for a morning ride. Afternoon rides is like ehhhhh, whatever since I can take my time.
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I b1tch and moan about how tired I am, and how I should've put on more sunblock if it's hot; or worn my arm warmers if it's cold. My gf says I'm a girl 'cause I complain a lot.
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Old 08-29-07, 03:02 PM   #15
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Drag myself out of bed, wondering why the hell I am doing this when I could be in la la land with Engeline for another couple hours. Prepare some instant oatmeal and wash it down with some Kvac. Yummie. Stuff bunch of stuff in to my jersey, making sure not to forget my ipod, check the pressure on the tires and I am off.
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I have found that it is WAY too easy for me to get distracted, and take too long getting out of the house, and on weekdays during the school year, the difference between 7:25 and 7:35 is like night and day - at 7:35, every Mom in the world is dropping her kids off at one of the six schools I pass in my first 2 miles. At 7:25, there's hardly anyone on the road. So, I consciously set up a routine, so now I barely need to think.

AND I find that knowing that I don't have to make (and wait for) coffee allows me to wake up MUCH happier!

The Night Before:
- Set up coffeemaker for 6:15
- Set alarm for 6:30

The Day Of:
- Wake up, turn off alarm
- Take out trash and get newspaper. While I'm doing that, I'm gauging the weather - Hot or cold, foggy or sunny, etc.
- Drink coffee while swimming upstream towards being fully conscious.
- Choose which of three bikes I want to ride today, put the saddle bag on it, and pump up the tires.
- Lay out riding clothes on La-Z-Boy in garage/workshop:
--shorts, jersey, and whatever extra clothes I need (vest, jacket, tights) go on the chair back.
--Socks, HRM strap and arm warmers go over the arm
--Helmet, shoes, gloves, and glasses go on the seat, along with minipump, an energy bar, keys, and the little ziploc with my license, insurance card, phone, and $5.
- Sit down and read for a few minutes in the tile-lined room (always a good idea before a ride).
- Dress (Since the garage/workshop is unheated, winter can be somewhat challenging)
- Ride, baby, ride!
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Drag myself out of bed, wondering why the hell I am doing this when I could be in la la land with Engeline for another couple hours. Prepare some instant oatmeal and wash it down with some Kvac. Yummie. Stuff bunch of stuff in to my jersey, making sure not to forget my ipod, check the pressure on the tires and I am off.
Engeline? Kvac?
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Drag myself out of bed, wondering why the hell I am doing this when I could be in la la land with Engeline for another couple hours. Prepare some instant oatmeal and wash it down with some Kvac. Yummie. Stuff bunch of stuff in to my jersey, making sure not to forget my ipod, check the pressure on the tires and I am off.
You have a friendly neighborhood kvass lady?

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I thought "Kvac" was what German ducks say.

Come on! You know you were thinking it!
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I wish! That is the best kind! Once they setup the line grew pretty fast, and usually all of it was gone within an hour. I get mine from a "local" Russian Deli where I am still Molodoy Malichek, you would think I would be Molodoy chelovek by now! heh.
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Angelina Jolie, I can't spell. lol
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My Bike Slave takes care of all the equipment and loading the bike (tandem) or xingle bikes on the car. Decide on what team kits to wear - sunscreen - heart rate monitor - make sure Garmin is charged - tank up on coffee - fill water bottle - pack 1 South Beach peanut butter cereal bar - Ipod shuffle (only as a stoker - never on my single).
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My routine:
- Turn off cell phone (so boss can't call on my day off)
- Load up bike
- Drive to location (drink 2-3 redbulls along the way)
- Left jersey pocket 2-3 hammer gels <--apple cinnamon usually
- Middle pocket cell phone, keys,
- Right pocket, ID, CC, Insurance Card, Cash

Look up, change lenses depending on brightness
Feel the air.. pack arm sleeves in Middle jersey if needed
Shoes on
Helmet on
Shades on..
I'm OFF!!

Notice.. WATER BOTTLE is missing, because I always forget the damn thing., so pick the spot.. anywhere in my list.. and insert *turn around.. curse...drive home.. curse..sneak in so dog doesn't bark..grab bottle.. curse... pick up where I left off* *curse*.

Eventually, I'll insert.
PUT ON BF.NET JERSEY and SHORTS!! into that list somewhere.
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Eat breakfast
Receive instructions from Velodiva
Prepare equipment and load on car, if required
Chamois cream
sunscreen
heart rate monitor
fill water bottle (Heed)
2 South Beach chocolate cereal bars
Unload equipment, if necessary
Shoes
Sunglasses
Water bottle
HRM monitor on bike
Helmet
Get on bike
Try to cleat in but cannot due to Kool Covers
Get off bike and remove covers (Velodiva laughing)
Get back on and reset computer
Set HRM
I am off.
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Try to cleat in but cannot due to Kool Covers
Get off bike and remove covers (Velodiva laughing)
LOL - how'd I forget about that critical step?

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