The article is very basic. However, through my readings here are some more tips:
1. Drink 1-2 bottles of fluids (1 energy drink of choice the other water) between each rest stop.
2. Pack food in your rear pockets and nibble between rest stops. Don't just eat at the rest stops and go (bloating feeling) Re-fill bottles
3. Only stay at the rest stops for 10 mins and hit the road. Don't allow the muscles to cool to cause cramping.
4. Find out wether the course is flat or hilly and change out your cassette and/or chain ring accordingly.
5. Ride at your own pace and not someone else's
6. Ride with a buddy at your level because the socialization will make the miles go by fast.
7. If there is a group going at your pace and they are riding a pace line ask permission to join th epace line and take your turn in the pull.
8. As far as the training, what he said is right. Once you prove you can do 100 miles your following training long rides can be between 70-80 miles in length.
9. Use the training rides to see what energy drinks work for you (find out from the sponsor of the century what they will be providing) this way you can experiment to see if you can drink at full strength or if you have to water it down. Practice what type of foods you will be able to eat and swallow and keep you from bonking.
10. KNOW HOW TO FIX YOUR OWN FLAT TIRE!!! Bring 2 extra tubes, tools and air pump.
11. If it is sunny out wear sunglasses to cut down on the glare to keep you from getting too fatigued.
12. Chocolate milk afterwards is what I found to be the best recovery drink for me to keep me from cramping at night the same day or the drive home.
13. Still drink plenty of fluids afterwards to flush your system .... the urine should be clear to a very very light yellow.
My 2 cents worth.
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