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[RC] taking the plunge ... or not - Stagg_Newman



The feeling of satisfaction will last forever if you do it
and even if you do not the first time, you will be better
ready the second time.  And the pain fades quickly.

Now a couple of tips.

Take care of your self.
Drink and eat early and often.
Re drinking I go with a sports mix or diluted gator aid
in a camel back.  Make sure what you are drinking
will keep your electrolytes in balance.  Steady
doses is better than nothing and then guzzling.

Similarly for meals.  Lots of small meals with
food that has staying power, e.g. good fiber base.
Stay away from sugar highs and lows  by eating
a balanced diet throughout the ride.

Do stretching at the stops.  Do not just come in
and crash.

And laugh and have fun.  By the way the best
(dirtiest?) jokes are told about
80 miles out.  E.G. Val K. and Steve R.
among others know some great jokes that you
only get late in a ride.  Am waiting for
the day when I am riding with Susan K
at 80 miles to see what jokes she would
tell  :>)  Of course Susan once kicked
my horse in the butt about 30 miles into a 100
but that is a different story.

And as soon after the ride as possible,
soak in a hot bath, jacuzzi, or hot tub.
Does wonders for getting rid of soreness
more quickly.

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