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finished my first Century...(8 posts)

finished my first Century...WadeOmatic
Jun 24, 2001 6:12 AM
barely-on 4 hours sleep- 8:10 total 7:20 rolling. I wanted to die a lot. Or at least blow a tire. No such luck.

Now I'm 5lbs lighter. And a bit weary. And much smarter (roadwise andyway).

How long should it take to rehydrate? How long can I put off recovery riding?


and if anybody from the Chattanooga club is reading-THANKS! to their riders for a great pull in the Harpeth River Century yesterday. from #307 on black 'dale with yellow helmet.
re: Congrats!kevinpmac
Jun 24, 2001 8:55 AM
Good job on completeing your first hundred.
My suggestion is to not get too hung up on individual advice.
Listen to your body and give it what it asks for. You hunger pains are one sign. The color of you urine are another. Eat when you body tells you to. And drink lots of fluid until your urine returns to normal color. You rode yesterday, so that is all behind you now?

You will recover faster if you go out today and do an easy "smell the roses" type of ride. Ten to fiftten easy miles will help your legs accelerate the recovery process. This is known as a recovery ride. Do it- you will be glad afterwards.

Next step...plan the next Century!
Jun 24, 2001 9:03 AM
Congrats welcome to the Century club!

Cycling yours,

George Marsh
Williamsburg, VA
Welcome to the club!look271
Jun 24, 2001 10:41 AM
You should have been rehydrating DURING the ride. If you did this, you should be sufficiently hydrated now (even right after the century). If you do a recovery ride toady, go REALLY slow. Small chainring, no stress; look at the posies. Say hi to pedestrians. Use this ride as a jump-start to better fitness!
I was drinking...WadeOmatic
Jun 24, 2001 11:23 AM
but not enough. I drank the 100oz camelbak of water dry and refilled my water bottle with gatorade at all the stops and drank extra at the stops (and ate too). I urinated twice during the ride (at 24 and 69 miles), BUT I knew I was dry when I got a thirsty on the last 30 miles or so. I was sick of gatorade and had other pains to contend with.

I really have to ride today? geez. I think I'll take the MTB. It has a 22x34 gear...maybe I can push that.
I was drinking...look271
Jun 24, 2001 12:07 PM
No, you don't HAVE to. If you do, though, that would be a good choice. You will find, however, that if you take a "recovery ride" today, you really will feel much better, quicker.
Recovery rideRay Sachs
Jun 25, 2001 5:37 AM
When you first get on the bike for a recovery ride today, the first couple of minutes will feel TERRIBLE. Don't worry about it. Just spin nice and easy in about two gears lower than feels right. As others said, go for only about a half hour to an hour - no hard efforts. You'll start to loosen up pretty quickly and you'll feel MUCH better after the ride.

We've all been there and wouldn't suggest it if it didn't work.

180 oz of water and still lost 7 lbs.Canidraftyou
Jun 25, 2001 12:23 AM
Last Century, HOTTER THAN HELL @ 106 deg. I lost 7 lbs. after drinking 180 oz. of water. I rode the next day (Spin one hour) and then stayed off the bike for three days, the next ride day was another Spin day. It was not until this day (5 days after) that I felt ok, not great, but ok...LOL. Each person is different. Great Job!

Peace out