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I have a HTFU moment coming next week

Old 05-17-08, 06:11 PM
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I have a HTFU moment coming next week

Good friend asked me to join him at his house, ride to the massive group ride/race, then ride back to his house for a total mileage over 120.

Well, the mileage may or may not be a big deal. The deal is, he's a freak of nature and a lot of other freaks of nature will be joining him. A bunch of elite Masters Racers.

I see it going like so:
Barely hanging on to the ride there.
Getting dropped on the ride. Riding a lone for all of it.
Not finding the way back to his house.

Does anyone have a GPS I can borrow? Oh and if the Fuji isn't ready; does anyone have a slightly lighter bikes as well? Oh, and some faster legs, bigger heart and lungs, and higher hematocrit they can email me?

I'm in for such an arse kickin. Fun. Fun. Ffff for God sakes, someone help me out here.
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Old 05-17-08, 06:16 PM
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How do you email a GPS, sub?
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Old 05-17-08, 06:18 PM
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And and increased hematocrit. I need that too. You guys need to help me figure it out. PM me and I'll give you my email.
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Originally Posted by substructure View Post
Good friend asked me to join him at his house, ride to the massive group ride/race, then ride back to his house for a total mileage over 120.

Well, the mileage may or may not be a big deal. The deal is, he's a freak of nature and a lot of other freaks of nature will be joining him. A bunch of elite Masters Racers.

I see it going like so:
Barely hanging on to the ride there.
Getting dropped on the ride. Riding a lone for all of it.
Not finding the way back to his house.

Does anyone have a GPS I can borrow? Oh and if the Fuji isn't ready; does anyone have a slightly lighter bikes as well? Oh, and some faster legs, bigger heart and lungs, and higher hematocrit they can email me?

I'm in for such an arse kickin. Fun. Fun. Ffff for God sakes, someone help me out here.
Is there beer at the end? Then it is OK even if you show up late unless all the beer is gone.

Just do it, but bring your cell phone and have somebody's number that you can call if you get dropped and lost.
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Old 05-19-08, 07:13 PM
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You wouldn't have been invited if you couldn't hang, right? Have fun!
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Old 05-19-08, 07:22 PM
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Not knowing the way home is worth an extra 5-10 watts for me.
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Old 05-21-08, 05:45 AM
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Eat and drink the WHOLE time. Tailgun if you must. Survival is the key here...no need to be a hero.
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Eat and drink the WHOLE time. Tailgun if you must. Survival is the key here...no need to be a hero.
Seriously. That ride is not the time to worry about calorie intake. You can fake the funk nutrition wise for 3 or 4 hours...but if you're putting down the power the lack of food and water will catch up to you.

I'd plan on bringing 3 bottles and filling them all up once(6 bottles total). Run whatever fuel has worked for you in the past in whatever quantity has worked, but for me, I'd try to put back in 400cal/hr for a similar ride. I do similar ride sometimes where I ride 90mins to a group ride, do the fast group ride for 2-3 hours and ride 90mins back - mostly at high intensity. I've done it as a gut check on 3 bottles, a power bar and a banana...and on the ride home was turning over the pedals in a haze of pain. On 5 bottles, multiple bars, gels and a couple bananas I felt rockin' the whole time.
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It will be a matter of survival. I will do all things to stay with them. At all costs.
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Old 05-21-08, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
Seriously. That ride is not the time to worry about calorie intake. You can fake the funk nutrition wise for 3 or 4 hours...but if you're putting down the power the lack of food and water will catch up to you.

I'd plan on bringing 3 bottles and filling them all up once(6 bottles total). Run whatever fuel has worked for you in the past in whatever quantity has worked, but for me, I'd try to put back in 400cal/hr for a similar ride. I do similar ride sometimes where I ride 90mins to a group ride, do the fast group ride for 2-3 hours and ride 90mins back - mostly at high intensity. I've done it as a gut check on 3 bottles, a power bar and a banana...and on the ride home was turning over the pedals in a haze of pain. On 5 bottles, multiple bars, gels and a couple bananas I felt rockin' the whole time.
I was thinking the same thing, Snuff. 3 maybe even 4 bottles, food, gels, electrolyte tabs - the works. I'm going to sit in at the back on the way to the ride. Sit in the middle of the pack during the ride, then sit in the back on the way back home. And hope there are a few cold beers waiting on my at his place.
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It will be a matter of survival. I will do all things to stay with them. At all costs.
Then don't forget the frame pump.
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Old 05-21-08, 07:51 AM
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I'll take your place !! Sounds good !! Ask them ahead of time if they make food or drink stops so you can plan a bit better. Bring some cash for extra snacks. You could get a behind the seat bottle holder so you don't have to carry extras in your jersey.
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
Seriously. That ride is not the time to worry about calorie intake. You can fake the funk nutrition wise for 3 or 4 hours...but if you're putting down the power the lack of food and water will catch up to you.

I'd plan on bringing 3 bottles and filling them all up once(6 bottles total). Run whatever fuel has worked for you in the past in whatever quantity has worked, but for me, I'd try to put back in 400cal/hr for a similar ride. I do similar ride sometimes where I ride 90mins to a group ride, do the fast group ride for 2-3 hours and ride 90mins back - mostly at high intensity. I've done it as a gut check on 3 bottles, a power bar and a banana...and on the ride home was turning over the pedals in a haze of pain. On 5 bottles, multiple bars, gels and a couple bananas I felt rockin' the whole time.
Yep....

We used to do a 95 mile loop once a month. I decided to just eat and drink the whole way on one ride. I started eating @ 30 minutes and ate a gel or RK treat every 30 minutes. I probably drank a gallon+ of Gatorade and water. At mile 80, I attacked go got away solo. Felt like Superman and didn't feel the need to eat the whole house when I got home.
Oatmeal Creme pies are good too. Moist, easy to choke down and calorie rich. If worse comes to worse...Snickers and Coke...it's like Jet Fuel at the end of a ride.
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Old 05-21-08, 07:57 AM
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I am horrible when it comes to properly hydrating myself - and eating for that matter.
Saturday, I plan on really doing better. A whole lot better. Even starting the night before. If I can get this right, there's no doubt I can hang on for most of this. If not all.

Thanks gents. (and gentle-ladies if you are here.)
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chamois cream and sunscreen - use 'em both liberally.

120 mi - that's a really long ride. got me thinking, the longest ride I've done in the past 3 years is about 80 miles - that was the Jefferson Cup road race (72-ish mi. race + rollout + return, warmed up in the car with the heat on so cant add any more distance than that.) maybe that's why I'm a "7/11" specialist - meaning I specialize in finishing in 7th through 11th place (or worse).
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When I saw the thread title, I figured you were finally getting a vasectomy. Talk about a HTFU moment...
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I have some EPO I can send you, along with my HTFU wrist band. I'm a masters racer too, but there's not enough EPO in Italy to make me elite.
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Suck wheels with pride...eating strategy sounds good...
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I'll be so freaking tight on someone's wheel our tires will meld.
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When I saw the thread title, I figured you were finally getting a vasectomy. Talk about a HTFU moment...
HAHAHHAHHAH!
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That would be a HTFU moment. One I may need to look into.
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It will be a matter of survival. I will do all things to stay with them. At all costs.
If the best laid plans don't work out, call Domino's and when the delivery guy arrives, ask for a ride back with him. Repeat as many times as necessary until you get back to your home town.
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Too bad you missed out on this item: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220237015614

Might have helped get you there and back.
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I may have recruited some help. Two locals who may do it with me - at our pace. If that's the case, then it's all good. If they don't, then I'm still prolly gonna do it. But it will hurt a lot more.
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Don't over think it. Prepare as best you can and just go and ride. Odds are you'll surprise yourself.
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