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I feel great (first long ride)

Old 07-31-09, 08:46 AM
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I feel great (first long ride)

I just did my first 25 mile ride in a little over 2 hours (accounting for stopping and going by the library to pick up Infinite Jest, which is how the ride felt at that time, being the 24 mile mark)

I had never ridden more than 5 miles at once, and 10 miles in one day. I got to about mile 6 and felt great and just kept riding, by mile 18 I just had to hit 25, there was no way I was going to let myself not go all that way.

I did it on my Schwinn High Timber, which was surprisingly riding very smoothly, and I did not have any saddle related pain when I got back.

Ride Nutrition: 44 ounces of Gatorade, one banana, 12 ounces of water and a Banana Nut Clif bar.

Overall, I am very proud of myself.
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Old 07-31-09, 09:04 AM
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The bananas in Banana Nut Clif bars are non-organic. NON-ORGANIC!! So quick to sacrifice your principles for a few "needed" calories. For shame.
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Old 07-31-09, 09:07 AM
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good for you! keep it up, it's fun :-D
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Good job pushing yourself to go farther than you have before. Your distance will increase over time.

You shouldn't have to eat anything on a 25 mile ride. I don't consider an energy bar or a gel unless my ride is longer than 50 miles. I do however eat a banana before rides that will be 20+ miles.
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Good job pushing yourself to go farther than you have before. Your distance will increase over time.

You shouldn't have to eat anything on a 25 mile ride. I don't consider an energy bar or a gel unless my ride is longer than 50 miles. I do however eat a banana before rides that will be 20+ miles.
The only reason I grabbed food was that it was my first time and I wasn't sure if I would be fine without it. Plus I've heard many times that it's much better to eat and drink before hunger and thirst kicks in. Neither of those were a problem, really, but I will definitely just bring fluids next time.

As for the organic comment I don't care about organic vs. non organic.
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i forgot to mention. for longer rides i find these with water work wonders:


inside each package is 6 blocks of a gel-like electrolite. taken with water they provide some much-needed hydration and they have a bit of calories to them as well (not a lot, but enough to keep you going).
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Good on ya. Keep it up and 25 miles might start to seem like no big deal. Soon you'll be riding 30, 40, 50 miles at a time. Maybe a century is in your future.

Food needs before and during a ride vary. I'm diabetic so it's even more important that I handle my food needs correctly. I'm always trying to lower my blood sugar, but if I ride too much without eating my blood sugar can get too low, causing a serious bonk. I always eat something before a ride. My standard training ride is 25-30 miles. I also either carry a sandwich or ride where there are restaurants available in case I need to "gas up". Lastly, I carry a couple of energy bars in case I need a little boost before I can stop for a sandwich.

Finding energy bars for a diabetic is really hard, but Atkins makes some that are good and have almost no sugar.

Eat when you want and don't worry about what someone else does. If you eat too much and it makes you uncomfortable during your ride, you'll have learned what doesn't work for you. If you don't eat and bonk (which also used to happen to me before I had diabetes), you'll know that you should eat.
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don't base your nutrition needs on distance but on ride time/energy expenditure. 1-2hrs, water should be sufficient. more than that, 200-300cal/hr using whatever combination of fluids and solids works for you.
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Thanks for the advice. I am going to do about the same route tomorrow morning and see how I feel throughout the ride. I have 3 houses not including home that I can stop at if it's necessary and a plethora of stores if I really need it.

To 30 miles!
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Congrats, it's just a matter of time before you'll be doing centuries!
In addition to the good nutrition advice here, another factor that might help with longer distances is company.
I find riding with friends to be so much more enjoyable, and the miles just melt away if you're not riding alone.
Good luck with your future rides.
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Keep racking up the miles. Before long you will have completed your first century.
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Feast on a nice thick soy burger with a yucca root cocktail as a recovery meal after that 25 miler.
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Old 08-01-09, 11:19 AM
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*dodges vegan jokes*

I wouldn't mind riding with others, but I want to build up to where I can keep a constant 15MPH or so. I just don't want to feel like I'm slowing people down.
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oh dear, another victim of the dreaded cycling bug. it's getting worse than swine flu
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Originally Posted by VeganForPeace View Post
*dodges vegan jokes*

I wouldn't mind riding with others, but I want to build up to where I can keep a constant 15MPH or so. I just don't want to feel like I'm slowing people down.
Your speed will improve dramatically if you trade the Birkenstocks for a pair of cycling shoes.
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>_> Quit that. I am going to buy shoes at some point. I've heard great things about Shimano SPDs (I think that's them) but I know comfort will be the first priority with shoes.

For now I'll stick with my faux leather super comfy clogs.
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Congratulations!!! Keep it up. Just did 14 miles and am hoping to double that tomorrow!!
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Well done! 25 miles is as long as I can manage with my crazy schedule.
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Your speed will improve dramatically if you trade the Birkenstocks for a pair of cycling shoes.
Birkenstocks are leather.
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Thats awesome! I remember my first 25+ mile ride and how good it felt. That was only earlier this year for me... and now im doing centuries! If you keep at it, you will be amazed how quick you can start to ramp up the mileage!! congrats and good luck
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Congratulations on doing it. Keep going! I remember when I was doing only 10mi rides a day, and today just did a 45 mi group ride!
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nice job. and being a vegan is tough...i was a vegetarian for a lot of a years. can't give up chocolate milk and BUTTER!
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nice job. and being a vegan is tough...i was a vegetarian for a lot of a years. can't give up chocolate milk and BUTTER!
*hugs carton of Silk* ^_^

Tomorrow should be fun. I wonder if the road bike will make me want to ride more. Either way I'll have fun with it before going back to work
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