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Dehydration, pain, agony then lots of fun(3 posts)

Dehydration, pain, agony then lots of funPaulCL
Jul 27, 2003 6:14 PM
OK...another ride post - but with a lesson. OK, I was stupid.

Planned to do a solo century today through the hills of KY. Out five miles and picked up a nail - flat. While changing the flat, at 6:30am, I was dripping sweat..humidity! I kept going, drinking a lot. But my "normal" stops along the way for water/food were closed. But I didn't find this out until after I passed a couple of other water stops. Long story short: I ended up riding 20 miles in 90 degree heat and humidity with less than 1/3 bottle of water. I was toast. The lesson: when its really hot: get water when you can. Within the first hour after getting home, I drank over a 1/2 gallon of water. Stupid and painful. My century turned into a long painful 80 miles. I just couldn't do any more.

Then the fun part. While I'm riding on Sunday mornings, my wife and kids end up deciding what I'm going to do the rest of my day. Not always to my liking, but more often than not we end up at the pool. For me, the pool equals: 30 minutes of swimming, 60 minutes of napping, 2 hours of ogling the girls in bikini's. Its' a great way to spend a summer afternoon. But today,when I got home, my 11 year old daughter informed me that we were going mountain biking...!! Oh god, anything but that! I put her off until 7 this evening. We road through mud, gravel, up hills, down hills, puddles, etc for a good 90 minutes. We had a blast. We are both real anxious to do it again. Its fun not to care about cadence, gearing, your tuck, your hydration, etc and just ride a bike for fun. Go try it!

You're a lucky man!jesse1
Jul 27, 2003 7:37 PM
Anytime you can ride with your kid, you're riding with the best partner possible! And mountain biking is a great way to start kids off, away from traffic.
I feel the pain. . .Mike P
Jul 28, 2003 4:05 AM
Much the same for me on Saturday. Set out early for a nice 100 miles of SE Tennessee. Riding a new, evil, hill filled route I put together, I was not quite sure where I would need to stop for refills. At the 50 mile point, as I was beginning a climb, I ran out of water. I rode on thinking there would be a store somewhere. . . wrong. I ended up having to beg. I noticed an older woman filling a bird feeder and asked her if she could spare a little water. She filled my bottle and even tossed in some ice cubes. Well water too! We chatted for a few minutes before I got back on the bike.

I ran out of water again at mile 80, made it to a store fairly quick but I was hurting. Downed a coke, a payday and refilled the bottles. I managed to do the full 100, well, 99, with 7500 ft of climbing. Lost 8 lbs and felt like crap though. I will take more care in planning refill points in the future.