Originally Posted by sano
Thanks everyone this is good information.
Will dehne, it sounds like we better think in terms of having a support vehicle.
I would be interested in hearing about your nutrition experiences. When you say that six got sick, were they mostly from exhaustion?
I am glad to hear about your training. We are also coming from a northern climate (Wisconsin). We are somewhat concerned about maintaining fitness over the winter till our tour. I am guessing that doing 100 miles on the trainer would also build mental strength.
Our tour is called "Fast Across America South" at 100 to 150 miles/day.
I would not try to do that unsupported. We needed all the help we could get.
Some days were 150 miles in freezing rain, against a strong wind. Some days were brutally hot with Sun Block, Salt and Gatorade crucial for survival.
(Did you know that there is water poisoning? I did that, it is no fun)
My successful formula for nutrition was:
Breakfast with double rations of Oatmeal plus eggs plus any carbohydrates I could get.
SAG support at 40 miles with Gatorade, Sun-block, Water, Trail-mix, Energy Bars, Bananas.
SAG support at 80 miles with Lunch, Pasta, Bagels, fresh fruit, Cheese, Cold Cuts, Peanut Butter, Jelly plus same as above.
SAG support at 120 miles if going 150 miles. Same as first SAG.
Upon arrival at motel: Recovery drink of 1000 calories Chocolate milkshake.
One hour sleep.
Dinner with Steak and potatoes or equivalent.
I was one of few people who did not get sick and felt better toward the end of the tour.
The bikers who got sick had Flu like symptoms. Could have been food poisoning, flu or exhaustion. My opinion: Probably all three.
Some very strong bikers injured their knees. (Pushing to big a gear)
Some did not tolerate the cold and I am sensitive to overheating.
Going up to Mingus Mountain or Flagstaff is more difficult than 100 miles on a trainer.
My trainer routine is 15 minutes at 17 MPH, stand up for three minutes at 18.5 MPH and repeat that for one hour. Rest for five minutes and repeat.
Of course, this is all assuming that you want to go Fast. Some people take it easy and that is a different tour.
BTW, I just did the Reedsburg to Elroy to Sparta to Onalaska to Trempelau Rail to Trail in Your State. That is 100 miles one way. (Return the next day)