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167 mile/solo/on my fixed-42x16/95degrees &humid/NY to RI(6 posts)

167 mile/solo/on my fixed-42x16/95degrees &humid/NY to RIonespeed
Jul 14, 2003 7:43 AM
So I did my day after the 4th of July ride from Brooklyn to Rhode Island on the 5th. It was the hardest ride I have ever done. I was still drunk from the bbq the night before as I rode out in at 6 in the morning. 12 hours door to door, 1.5 hours on the ferry, 2 flats and one new tire, one tuna sandwich, bag of chips, vanilla crisp PB, 1 clif bar, 4 bottles of Gatorade, bunch of water, one grape soda, 1 orange soda, 1 mountain dew and a lot of pain.

The heat and humidity was so bad I was unable to keep the electrolytes and sodium in me. I was just pouring sweat the entire time. My legs started to cramp up on me at mile 100 but I knew that there was nothing I could do about it except tough it out. The ferry ride from Orient Point, LI was a welcome rest but didnt have the desired effect on my legs in regards to the cramping. I ate and hydrated on the ferry, but it didnt seem to help my calf muscles, they seized up continuously for 60 miles.

The hills were not so bad except for riding into Mystic, CT. Otherwise it was just rollers and very easy terrain to cover. The heat was the worst part. At some points RT 1 turned into the wind and I welcomed the air blowing on me from the front. Otherwise it was like riding in a furnace.

The last 20 miles or so I was stopping at 3-4 mile intervals to rest my legs they were cramping up so bad. I would stop by the side of the road and find a tree with adequate shade and massage them for a few minutes and then climb back on the bike.

I am positive it would have been much easier had it not been as hot and humid. On the way back I decided that 167 miles was not an option and instead rode to New Haven, CT and took the train to Grand Central-that ride was only 100 miles.

I almost sawed my ass in half on my bike seat. I dont think there is anything I can do about that though.
How did you survive ...Humma Hah
Jul 14, 2003 7:49 AM
... those grape and orange sodas? You've got my longest ride topped by 15 miles (singlespeed), so I can imagine surviving that, although I can also imagine that starting drunk may explain why you attempted it at all.

Booze and BBQ ... let's see, you started out set up for dehydration and stomach trouble, then you downed a couple of cans of toxic waste ... I hope you survive!

Sounds like a heckuva epic!
Believe meonespeed
Jul 14, 2003 7:55 AM
At the point where I downed the sodas, it was all my body wanted. You might be right as to the drunk enough to start part, but it was not the handicap I thought it would be.

I will do it again under better circumstances.
Very impressive...biknben
Jul 14, 2003 7:52 AM
I was in NYC on the 5th (yankee game). It certainly was a scorcher. I was "almost" happy to have taken the day off the bike.

Good job toughing it out.
"had it not been as hot and humid"Steve_0
Jul 14, 2003 7:59 AM
...or had you not been hang'n.
You are an animal - that's a huge day on a fixie! (nm)outofthesaddle
Jul 15, 2003 1:45 PM