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First 50 miler tomorrow morning

Old 12-13-14, 12:42 AM
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How would Michael McDonald help his ride?
he would carry the doobie, brother.
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Take Monica along she'll keep you warm.
Good for rest stops.
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What is with Monica
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Aren't you supposed to be on the road now?
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
What is with Monica
Get riding!!!
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So let's hear the report on your first 50 mile ride.
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Old 12-13-14, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Aren't you supposed to be on the road now?
Originally Posted by coolcamaro12 View Post
Get riding!!!
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So let's hear the report on your first 50 mile ride.
I survived! Took me a little to get going in the morning because I wanted to make sure my body was "clear". It was wet and cold but I made it. My previous longest ride was only 20 miles so I think I did pretty well. Insane cramping towards the end otherwise it was smooth. I also have the runs right now, not sure if that's a result of the ride or not.

This was without my stops included. I stopped at gas stations 3 times for snickers a banana and water refills.
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Old 12-13-14, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
What is with Monica
The other Bill plead the 5th amendment on that one as well. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"
bring back any memories
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Old 12-13-14, 05:13 PM
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The other Bill plead the 5th amendment on that one as well. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"
bring back any memories
Haha, Jesus....too preoccupied this morning apparently.
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congrats for completing it
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LaCrosse, home of Greg Allison/Demgen. Had some great racing results out that a way. Nice bluffs.
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congrats for completing it
Thank you!
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LaCrosse, home of Greg Allison/Demgen. Had some great racing results out that a way. Nice bluffs.
Amazing bluffs, love em.
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Now that I'm not so exhausted, few questions.

My gooch area definitely gave me the most problems with being sore. Do you think it's due to never being on the bike that long before (20 mile ride once) or bad saddle/shorts?

Is cramping usually due to bad preparation the week leading up to the ride?

Other than those two things I was pretty comfortable. Can't wait to do another in actual decent weather.
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Good shorts help a lot, certainly, but bike fit, saddle fit, riding style, etc all play in. Personally I'd be uncomfortable doing 50 that didn't have some significant climbs to get me up out of the saddle for extended periods.

You also just get used to it. This last fall was a lost time for me for cycling; I was desperately trying to get a roof on the house I'm building before the rains hit. But summer/fall of 2013 I was obsessed. I was riding 50-60 miles every other day like clockwork. My butt got used to it.
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Originally Posted by Long Tom View Post
Good shorts help a lot, certainly, but bike fit, saddle fit, riding style, etc all play in. Personally I'd be uncomfortable doing 50 that didn't have some significant climbs to get me up out of the saddle for extended periods.

You also just get used to it. This last fall was a lost time for me for cycling; I was desperately trying to get a roof on the house I'm building before the rains hit. But summer/fall of 2013 I was obsessed. I was riding 50-60 miles every other day like clockwork. My butt got used to it.
Nice. Yeah, my butt wasn't bad it was just that in between area. I dint know if I'll do another ride with winter here but def make it more frequent come springtime. And yeah, was a relatively flat ride, only gained 2300 ft total.
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
Now that I'm not so exhausted, few questions.

My gooch area definitely gave me the most problems with being sore. Do you think it's due to never being on the bike that long before (20 mile ride once) or bad saddle/shorts?

Is cramping usually due to bad preparation the week leading up to the ride?

Other than those two things I was pretty comfortable. Can't wait to do another in actual decent weather.
Do you use any type of chamois cream? I used to do a lot of 20 milers w/o the cream and had no problems. My first big ride beyond that was 64 miles and I was hurting in that area afterwards. I later went to the lbs and picked up some Chamois Butt'r and never had a problem since.
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Originally Posted by timmy29er View Post
Do you use any type of chamois cream? I used to do a lot of 20 milers w/o the cream and had no problems. My first big ride beyond that was 64 miles and I was hurting in that area afterwards. I later went to the lbs and picked up some Chamois Butt'r and never had a problem since.
I have never, maybe I'll check it out. I think I may need a new saddle, the one I have currently is triathlon specific.
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Old 12-14-14, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
I have never, maybe I'll check it out. I think I may need a new saddle, the one I have currently is triathlon specific.
Try some chamois cream before you rush out and buy a new saddle. You can get chafed pretty bad when things dry out down there.
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Check that your saddle is wide enough for your anatomy, otherwise the stuff in between ends up supporting your weight.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Check that your saddle is wide enough for your anatomy, otherwise the stuff in between ends up supporting your weight.
I tried to do the sit on cardboard test last night but my impressions werent deep enough to be able to measure. Think I'm going to stop into the LBS today and check it out.

Another dilemna I have is that I did my own bike fit with my buddy following a few of the highest watched videos on YouTube. I feel like we are pretty close, which would make me feel bad about paying $60 for very minor changes, but maybe that is all I need...
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
I tried to do the sit on cardboard test last night but my impressions werent deep enough to be able to measure. Think I'm going to stop into the LBS today and check it out.

Another dilemna I have is that I did my own bike fit with my buddy following a few of the highest watched videos on YouTube. I feel like we are pretty close, which would make me feel bad about paying $60 for very minor changes, but maybe that is all I need...
One of the things to check on when it comes to saddle fit/positioning is the angle. Play around wtih it, try a couple degress nose up, and some nose down. You might be pleasantly surprised at how it may feel better
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Conventional wisdom says cramping is about electrolytes. Some more recent stuff I've read says its basically just fatigue and rarely electrolyte related. Bringing Gatorade or other electrolyte products along is easy enough to do though just in case.

On the saddle, its hard to say. Could be you just need more time in the saddle - could be the wrong saddle. Tri-specific makes me suspect though since position is different on a tri bike.
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
I tried to do the sit on cardboard test last night but my impressions werent deep enough to be able to measure. Think I'm going to stop into the LBS today and check it out.

Another dilemna I have is that I did my own bike fit with my buddy following a few of the highest watched videos on YouTube. I feel like we are pretty close, which would make me feel bad about paying $60 for very minor changes, but maybe that is all I need...
Use a clean sheet of aluminum foil over a hand towel on top of the toilet seat. The butt bone impressions will be easy to find.
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Originally Posted by 06SpiceRed View Post
One of the things to check on when it comes to saddle fit/positioning is the angle. Play around wtih it, try a couple degress nose up, and some nose down. You might be pleasantly surprised at how it may feel better
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Conventional wisdom says cramping is about electrolytes. Some more recent stuff I've read says its basically just fatigue and rarely electrolyte related. Bringing Gatorade or other electrolyte products along is easy enough to do though just in case.

On the saddle, its hard to say. Could be you just need more time in the saddle - could be the wrong saddle. Tri-specific makes me suspect though since position is different on a tri bike.
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Use a clean sheet of aluminum foil over a hand towel on top of the toilet seat. The butt bone impressions will be easy to find.
I went to the LBS and did the sit test. Turns out, my saddle was almost 20mm too narrow. Picked up a 155 Specialized Romin Evo.
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