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Wish A Mile 300(5 posts)

Wish A Mile 300Elena
Jul 22, 2001 2:31 PM
I'm signed up for the Michigan Wish-a-mile 300 next weekend. 314 miles in 3 days, from Cheboygan to Milford. Anyone else signed up?

I regularly ride 60-70 miles, eat every hour, and drink lots. But the only time I can ride on back-to-back days is on an occasional weekend. I think I can maintain decent speed the first day, but I'm worried about recovery, getting a sore rear end, and especially surviving the 3rd day. Any advice?

re: Wish A Mile 300Lone Gunman
Jul 22, 2001 4:10 PM
Wear good shorts with chamois butter, stay off your butt as much as you can (coasting, do the one leg stand position off the seat), self massage the legs at the end of the day and try an endurox or recovery type drink product within 2 hours of completion each day.
re: Wish A Mile 300look271
Jul 22, 2001 4:14 PM
Even better than a self-massage, get a good massage by a message therapist if they are available at the end of the rides. Often, big rides like that have them available for a fairly reasonable price. It will help.
re: Wish A Mile 300MeDotOrg
Jul 22, 2001 4:19 PM
I did the California Aids ride this year, 575 miles in 7 days, which is a little less per day than what you will be doing, but...

Eat and (especially) drink a little more than you think you should.

Stop at the rest stops, but only for 10-15 minutes. Don't let your muscles tighten up.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Stretch more than you normally do - keep the calves and quads limber. If something starts to cramp or get sore, take care of it right away. I don't like chamois butter, but I kept a little bottle of corn starch with me and used it at almost every stop. Remember, you're not going to have a day to recover.

Dial back a little. Don't battle hills and headwinds with the same intensity as a normal ride , except maybe the last day, when you have nothing to save ;-)

As far as recovery drinks go, I'm a big fan of Endurox. You'll hear a lot of different opionions, but for rides I mix a scoop of Endurox with a gloop of Hammer Gel per bottle. After the ride I drink a bottle with 2 scoops of Endurox.

Don't load up with a more stuff than you would on a normal ride. Just take what you can't get at a rest stop.

Enjoy! It should be fun!
re: thanks!Elena
Jul 23, 2001 8:09 PM
Thanks for the great advice! I'm really psyched about doing my first organized ride ever.