Old 10-03-19, 09:25 AM
  #7  
Carbonfiberboy 
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 17,636

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 106 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3012 Post(s)
Liked 931 Times in 705 Posts
On a big event ride or any ride that I expect to be way outside my normal range, I carry a 6oz. Hammer flask of pickle juice in a jersey pocket, and another one in my saddle bag. Yes, I've had 2-bottle rides. Pickle juice works, but training works better. When I returned to riding RAMROD a few years ago, I had a ride just like yours but different muscles. And I thought I was ready. Now that I know how I have to train, it hasn't happened again. Next year's 6 Gap will be better. The older we get, the smarter we have to train. My CTL has to be ~80 with plenty of gym work, backing off to once a week in summer but still heavy squats every week. Plus of course the usual rides to exhaustion and long climbs. Squats work muscles that one doesn't normally associate with cycling. That's good IME.
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is offline