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Tips for 500 mile ride ??(8 posts)

Tips for 500 mile ride ??yellowspox
Apr 20, 2003 10:00 AM
I'm leaving Friday for Louisianna for a week ride around the southern part of the state. The daily mileages were recently posted as: 75, 75, 100, layover, 100, 48, and 84. I've trained hard all winter by Spinning, Yoga, weights, and Core Dynamics. Here in northern Illinois I've managed to log 500 miles in spite of our "wonderful weather" and wind. All of it has been on club rides of 25 to 40 miles. This is my first full year on a road bike and I've picked up a lot of tips and help from our club members but I've never riden more than 60 miles in one day. It's been suggested that I drop the lifting for this week, no serious mileage after Monday or Tuesday, and stay with the yoga all week to stay limber. Am I missing anything prior to the ride? I could use a few tips to get me through next week as well. I don't know if I'm more excited about the challenge of the ride or the Cajun food. Somebody also mentioned free beer every night so a recent post about beer being a great "recovery" drink was very timely! LOL
Just have a good time!the bull
Apr 20, 2003 12:10 PM
Drink lots of water eat big dinners.But most of all meet lots of cool people!Personally I would not drink too much beer but thats just me.One or two wont kill ya!
The key thing to rememberKerry
Apr 20, 2003 1:16 PM
This is not a race, so since it is still early in the season, feel free to take your time. You've got all day. You'll be a bit achy for the first few days, but keep eating and drinking, don't push the pace, and you should have no problems.
re: Tips for 500 mile ride ??seyboro
Apr 20, 2003 4:10 PM
I have done two of those long ones (Blue Ridge Pwy in '01 and the NC Outer Banks in '02). One of the most important lessons learned was to take care of the 'contact area'. Saddle time and irritation seems to be a deciding factor whether someone will make the distance, or, at least determine the comfort level. Lots of goodies for the chamois and things directly above: Noxema, Emgel, anti-bacterial soap, a dip in the pool right after the daily ride, loose boxers, you get the picture. Find out, what works for you and bring plenty of it. For us, it'll be the Natchez Tace Pwy this year and I'll be hitting the Target pharmacy in a few weeks...
Go **SLOW** the first day!timfire
Apr 20, 2003 5:04 PM
I made this classic mistake. Last summer I did a 6-day, 500 mile charity ride. The first day I was feeling GREAT, and just flew the entire time, even going faster than I normally ride. After that day I was totally wasted and never really recovered the rest of the ride. I was even forced to skipped a half day because I too exhausted. So seriously, take your time the first day, you'll be glad you did.

re: Tips for 500 mile ride ??Andy M-S
Apr 20, 2003 6:44 PM
Drink lots. More than you think you need to. I'd keep two big bottles on my bike, one of water, one of whatever-ade, and try to drink 'em both in about 25 miles, then refill (assuming that fluids are available).

Stretch lots--you don't want knee trouble on something of this scale.

Use lots of bag balm--blisters can be very discouraging.

Have fun.
stay aerobic nmDougSloan
Apr 20, 2003 7:47 PM
Save your energy for the 3rd day.dzrider
Apr 21, 2003 5:54 AM
It's always my toughest day on tours. Loaf as much as you can the first day - the excitement will get you through the 75 miles pretty quickly. On day 2 find a steady pace that lets you ride without breathing hard. On day 3 stay close to fellow riders who will help if you get depressed. I often do and reading an article that talked about this gloom, and how it doesn't last, has made longer efforts much easier mentally. Any time you find your spirits sinking eat something. Good luck and have fun.