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Thinking about a double this weekend.(10 posts)

Thinking about a double this weekend.RoyGBiv
Jun 20, 2002 9:54 AM
It's the longest weekend, my daughter's with her nana, the weather's fair and there's a nice route through the country.
So I'm thinking, what the hell, why not spend all day Sunday in the saddle and do that long-dreamed-of 200-mile odyssey, or maybe cut it short at 300 klics, we'll see.
I"ve got several 80-mile "sprints" under my belt this spring and a month ago logged a 120-miler. My riding buddy is inclined to metric, and is going around telling everyone he did a double century (200 km). But I want to do the real thing.

Anything I should know?
Or should I just do some doubles in the bar Saturday night and forget about it? :-)
Thanks
Brian C.
Never go hard and you should be ok.MB1
Jun 20, 2002 10:03 AM
Don't start feeling good and riding faster and faster. Have a planned pace that you know for sure you can do and stick with it.

Start early too and carry lights just in case.

Good luck and have fun.
re: Thinking about a double this weekend.MrCelloBoy
Jun 20, 2002 10:04 AM
It sounds like a solo double? That'll be more challenging than an organized event.
Hey, if you feel like it, go for it!
See if Nana and daughter can meet you along the way as a private SAG here and there. It'll make the process more enjoyable.
Have some cold ones in a chest at the finish too!
re: Thinking about a double this weekend.netso
Jun 20, 2002 10:07 AM
It is hard, at least it was for me. However, it was fun.
When I finished I was really elated and proud of what I had done.
What should I eat the night before?RoyGBiv
Jun 20, 2002 10:13 AM
It would be a 4:30-5 a.m start.
What should I eat the night before?MrCelloBoy
Jun 20, 2002 10:16 AM
Drink lots of H20, and eat lots of pasta, veggies, brad. Basically CARBO's.
Wouldn't hurt to take an extra Potassium tablet or two as well. You'll probably be sweating out a lot of electrolytes.
Thanks, espy about the salt tablets. nmRoyGBiv
Jun 20, 2002 10:21 AM
Not salt, Potassium (NM)MrCelloBoy
Jun 20, 2002 10:27 AM
And eat and drink along the way...PdxMark
Jun 20, 2002 11:57 AM
It sounds like your reasonably well-trained for the distance, but you'll go through alot of calories & water along the way. Sionce it's hard for me to take in enough calories along the way, I like to start eating (snacking) early in the ride and keep the calories coming in (as many as 200 calories/hour). And water is critical too, especially if it's at all hot.

Good luck, a double century is nice to have done... My wife was watching near the end of the first one I did and commented that EVERYONE looked bad... worn out... tired... with one exception... a woman on the back of a tandem...happy and waving to the spectators...

As for your friend and his "double century"... hmph....
ditto on foodcyclopathic
Jun 20, 2002 6:47 PM
try for normal food, many have problems with pwr bars after 6-8hr in saddle.

don't eat too much or stop for too long it makes harder to get back on the bike.

put sunblock and carry some to avoid sunburn

take arm warmers and/or vest/windbreaker, it may be cold at night.

spice up chamois with Balm Bag /and hands too/

keep tire pressure on lower side