Miles of Smiles

MILES OF  SMILES 100
July 26, 2014

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 INFORMATION FOR THE DAY OF THE RIDEMiles of Smiles

  • Helmets are required – it makes the insurance people happy
  • If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, you can send a check to my address and make it out to “St Jude”
  • One very important thing everyone needs to do –
                            HAVE FUN!!!!

RIDING TIPS FOR THE MOS 100

Bike RidingStart hydrating on Thursday. Don’t wait until Saturday to start. It will be too late. During the ride, drink 1-2 bottles every 25 miles. An easy way to stay hydrated – take 2-3 swigs of water every 8-10 minutes. Doing this will help you move around on the bike to avoid sore spots from staying in one riding position too long. Don’t drink nothing but sports drinks or water. Mix it up. Drink one of each during the ride. They both have their benefits.

EAT! EAT! EAT! Start adding calories to your diet a couple of days before the ride. Don’t gorge, add 500-1000 calories each day. As Lance says, you are not eating for today, but for tomorrow. During the ride – EAT! EAT! EAT! You will burn 4000-8000 calories during the 100 mile ride. You need fuel, be absolutely sure you eat at each rest stop. Goo and other energy snacks help on the ride. But include other foods as well.
Bonking on a long ride sucks.
EAT! EAT! EAT!

Pace yourself! Don’t start out too fast. It’s easy to do in a mass start. Pace yourself. 100 miles is a long way! Ride your own pace. CyclingFind somebody that is your pace and ride with them. The company will really make the ride pass quicker and easier.

Stop at each and every rest stop. Get off the bike and walk around. Stretch. Move your head around to loosen your neck muscles.

Make sure your shoes fit. If you get hot spots, loosen your shoes straps a bit to take some pressure off your feet.

Stand up and pedal every so often. It takes a bit more energy, but it relieves the pressure on your butt.

Obey the rules of the road. DON”T RUN STOP SIGNS! DON”T BLOCK THE ROAD! It is an open highway, be very careful and aware of car traffic. Be a courteous rider. Wave at cars and smile! Let them know they are missing out on the fun.

One last tip –
                       HAVE FUN!!!!





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