Make sure have really good cycling shorts and use chamois cream. Your butt will thank you. I did the STP last year (Seattle to Portland) classic in one day, 221 miles in just under 11 hours and gear made all the difference.
This will not be a huge event at the monet it is only two people... we are going to work the Bike MS groups in each state to see if anyone wants to ride different parts of the way with us. But for the time being its just the two of us.
The shorts advice is great! Thank you i will keep that in mind. I think the 112 miles I can handle without a problem... but the riding every day for 8 days will start to get me down i think after a bit. I have done the MS rides where I ride 100 miles 2 days in a row and what kept me going was the amoutn of people around me. Makes you want to push harder. I think last year we had 2200 riders for our event. I love the amount of people that are around me all different levels but all there to help out. Its a good feeling doing stuff like that.
Find a wheel to suck and hang on like glue, look for riders of your ability and work together. By the end of the ride you will find riders to work with and form a bond. Eat correctly, drink enough, bring A&D ointment, and have fun.
Listen to the others that have done this kind of riding. Get your mind and legs together. If you pick up one thing for each poster you will be able to write a book. How to do 750+ miles without have a nervous breakdown.......
Don't be scared, you can do this. Alot of this long distance riding is mental (not all but a lot). It looks like the longest day you have is 112 miles, yes that is a lot of miles, but don't think about it like that. I usually tell people to ride from SAG stop to SAG stop. Just think about it as a bunch of shorter rides strung together. Also you will probably be on the road about 7am or 8am at the latest and probably want to be in by 5pm to eat and rest up for the next day. so you have 9 or 10 hours to finish the days ride. That is 12-14 mph to finish the day at a very reasonable time. If you are able to ride faster without fatiguing that's fine but you don't have to, the goal is to finish. It helps to remember that it is not a race.
Training for the next couple months will help. One thing that you need to do is get your backside used to sitting on the bike for a long time several days in a row. This can be the worst part of a long tour so if you are comfortable it'll really help. Make sure you have several different styles of shorts. Then change them each day (I mean to a different style it goes without saying the shorts must be clean) Sometimes a seam (s) rub against your skin and chaffe and can cause sores. If you wear a pair of shorts with different seams they won't rub you in the same spots time after time.
You will do fine. It helps that you are doing this for a very worthwhile cause which will keep you focused.
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Well I am commited to this, I was the one that got the ball rolling so to speak but when i found out how hard it was do it all on your own I got some help. Now the project is in their hands and i am the one assisting but that is fine by me. Being over weight and out of shape I have been pushing myself to be ready. but in our area it has been a harder than normal winter so the bike has not gotten much use. and as you guys know the gym is not substitution for actaully being on the bike....
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