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Have my big ride on Sunday and have a question about riding the day before.

Old 05-26-11, 07:54 PM
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Have my big ride on Sunday and have a question about riding the day before.

Hey Guys:

Got a quick question for you. Me and friend are new to road riding and we entered several rides this year. The first one this Sunday is 70km. We trained for this and last weekend when camping we took our mountain bikes and road a total of 85km (60K on Saturday and 25K on Sunday. Since then its rained everyday and will continue to rain tomorrow. My question is do we ride on Saturday which is supposed to be nice and do 30K just to keep things loose for the ride on Sunday or take it off, save our energy and just get on the bike on Sunday and go.

Also Sunday is supposed to be 30km/h winds (18.5mph) and the temperature is supposed to be 26 degress celcius (79 degrees fahrenheit) but feels like 36 degrees (98 degress Fahrenheit). The problem is we only ridden in under 20 (68 F) temperature. Will this kills us? and what should I do to keep my self from burning out in the heat. I bought a couple of the hammer gel packs and plan to brink half gatoraide and half water with lots and lots of ice.

Any other suggestions for the ride?


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On the day of your ride, pace yourself; don't start out too fast. Better to err on starting to slow, and finsish strong, than start too fast and blow up.

Eat and drink lots on the day of your ride. Drink before your thirsty and eat before your hungry.

As for the day before, you should ride an hour or so with a few har efforts, such as 5 minutes a tempo, and 2-3 all out sprints.

Take 2 days before you ride as a rest day and don't ride.

This may sound counterintuitive. However, most people find that a rest day before the event leaves them stale for the vet. Thus the rest day 2 days before, and little bit of hard effort (openers) the day before.

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I would say get in a normal ride on Saturday, don't kill yourself. If you'd been riding all along, a rest day would be in order, but as is, won't much matter there.
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If you were able to ride 60 km on your MTB, doing 70 shouldn't pose any problem. I'd do an easy 1 hr ride the day before, but that's just me. As said before, take it easy at the first half, don't try to go with faster guys.
26C isn't too much, just keep well hydrated.
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A 79F day with a heat index of 98F? How is that possible?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
A 79F day with a heat index of 98F? How is that possible?
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Don't dilute your Gatorade. Better yet, use a better drink like cytomax or heed. There is a difference, and it matters the most when you're riding in extreme heat.
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Originally Posted by K.Katso
79F with a relative humidity of 100% would have a heat index of 84F according to the National Weather Service calculator. Someone's math is wrong, and I'm putting my money on the NWS not being wrong on this one.
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I find that I ride better/stronger with a day of rest, therefore I would not ride on the day before.

I am a big fan of gel with caffeine on long rides.
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Hey Guys:

I wanted to post a reply and thank you all for taking the time to post. Turns out that today we had a break in the weather and me and my buddy did a quick 40km ride. It was fairly easy ride and we were able to average 26.2km/h which is good for us since we are noobs.

I also bought the cytomax as recommended and drank it during my 1.5 hour ride. It seemed to help quite a bit.

I also bought a bunch of those gel backs and I will take a banana or two. I am really looking forward to this ride on Sunday. I will let you guys know how it went.

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