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    Training for Hotter'N Hell

    Anyone have suggestion on training and nutrition for the Hotter'N Hell 100? Riding in the heat really sucks. I can barely manage 60 miles in the heat in Dallas when I've been able to do the MS150 before. Would losing some fat help keep the body temperature down? I hover around 15% fat but feel confident that I can get it down to 13%.

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    I can't help you with your question. I'm in a similar situation. I'd like to do all 100 miles at the HHH. I've done 60 miles a few times in the Texas heat, but I've never done 100 in any weather conditions. My fastest pace at 60 miles has been 17 Mph. I plan on riding about 15 mph or so and hopefully finding a group to draft with. Of course I plan on drinking lots of water and Cytromax, and munching on a few Cliff bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Comatose51
    Anyone have suggestion on training and nutrition for the Hotter'N Hell 100? Riding in the heat really sucks. I can barely manage 60 miles in the heat in Dallas when I've been able to do the MS150 before. Would losing some fat help keep the body temperature down? I hover around 15% fat but feel confident that I can get it down to 13%.
    Absolutely agreed. Riding in the Plano area has been restricted to early mornings since June. It just gets too damn hot here in the summer. I think it's the exposure to the glare that gets me the most though. The heat isn't too bad while your moving but the lack of shade and the dry air make it hard to keep any sustained effort.

    It's too bad that an umbrella would catch the air and slow you down. I find a little water on the t-shirt helps with the heat though. Evaporative cooling is the best you can hope for.
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    I just rode my 100 mile training ride yesterday.

    Thinks I find mandatory riding in Texas midday typically are my camelbak (2liter) plus 2 1l bottles of gatorade/water mixture (60/40). I wear kit myself, and I can say that the coolmax-grade jersey helps keep me cooler than a t-shirt would. I bring along lots of vegan-grade organic bars, gensoy bars, etc - total of around 1,000 calories, including a bagel, a pbj and a banana on my weekly centuries nowadays. Originally I brought along just 2 gels and 2 powerbars and found that a. they were just too damn sweet and b. it wasn't enough for the 3k plus calorie deficit from the ride.

    Try to set up training rides near bathrooms, water supplies (gas stations, etc) and don't push yourself, let the distance come first, then the speed. My avg. speed on a century is around 20 nowadays - but I can get down into the 13MPH range on a good steep hill, and up to 45-50 on a good downhill grade.

    Vary your seating a bit; I personally do all my training still on my cafe-style racer with an aerobar, and I may actually show up to the HHH on that particular bike. I've found it offers a lot being a 90% race bike (upgraded to 105 all around except the controls which are still Deore) with a bontrager straightbar, bar ends that are flat and an aerobar (Most say the bike reminds them of a TT bike). I've flipped the neck to give it a negative angle and it offers me a nice downward angle very much like my Specialized Transition, without being stuck with a strict ramhorn style bar w/ aerobar bike all the time. - Actually, ya - I will be riding the Del Sol I think in the HHH.

    Anyhow, the biggests trick I've found is that any time I intend to ride for over 3 hours I start at 6 (right before sunrise) and have consistently training in the 6 a.m.-noon window when riding. Conversely, all my running mileage is done at night (11:30 a.m.-4a.m.) simply because I've pushed it a few times running high mileage in the intense heat.
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    Well. losing weight should help. Fat tends to be subcutaneous and it is a great insulator. So the thinner you are, the easier it should be to vent off excess heat. I lost about 20 lbs since last year and this year seems noticeably cooler to me. It might just work. But you do not want to lose weight really fast. Fast weight loss is usually muscle weight and not fat. One can lose fat fast if you are careful with your diet (adequate protein and carbo) and you exercise like all get out.

    If you can, just start as early as possible to "beat the heat". Drink cool drinks during the ride and hope.

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    I just plan on riding as much as I can until about 11:30, and then taking it easy and relaxing at the rest stops in the shade, keeping myself nice and hydrated, and easing off the pedal a bit during the final 40 miles. I'll keep myself at a threshhold of speed, and that should help. Also, and I'm surprised I ahven't seen this, make sure you're well protected from the sun. That will sap a lot of energy.

    I hope to see y'all there. I'll be on a yellow lowracer recumbent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg
    I just plan on riding as much as I can until about 11:30, and then taking it easy and relaxing at the rest stops in the shade, keeping myself nice and hydrated, and easing off the pedal a bit during the final 40 miles. I'll keep myself at a threshhold of speed, and that should help. Also, and I'm surprised I ahven't seen this, make sure you're well protected from the sun. That will sap a lot of energy.

    I hope to see y'all there. I'll be on a yellow lowracer recumbent.
    Wait, you're not the dude that rides around in the yellow recumbent with an aerodynamic shell are you???

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    Nope. Never seen that guy, although I have seen plenty of recumbents with fairings. Mine is a lowracer - the seat hits only about 8" off the ground. I've never seen anyone else in a tour in Texas with a bike like mine, which is a shame. Most of the recumbents out there are mesh seat things that sit basically as high as a road bike. Mine is all geeked out with carbon fiber boom, seat, and tiller.

    I was at the goatneck a couple weeks ago if you were there...the heat wasn't bad at all. I just got one of those miracool bandanas and I'm thinking on using it during the HHH. It's one of those dealies that you soak in water and the crystals swell up and keep you cool for hours.

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    I've found riding at like 3-6 pm while miserable, is possible. You just have to make your self get out in the heat and bring the right stuff. Best of luck with the hotter'n hell, Im there next year!

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    I'm 54 and will ride H-n-H again this year. I'm a 16mph rider on this course and in this heat, so obviously I don't push it too hard. I just drink water, some sport drinks and pedal till I get there. I like the brats at the halfway rest stop.

    I'm also 6' 200lbs. Losing weight never hurts a thing, but a couple of percent is not going to make a big difference in this instance.

    Ride, drink, use sun screen and have fun.

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