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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:40 pm 
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Getting ready to do a metric century at the Tour de Poway and I have two big concerns. The one is that I will never make it up the Poway grade with out walking and since I am more proud than smart I might have a heart attack climbing the hill rather than walk it. My second concern is Nutrition for the ride. I have noticed on long rides I don't get that hungry and have to force myself to eat, which is a very strange concept for me. So I am looking for a combo of bars and gels so I don't bonk. Also wanting peoples experience with fluids, energy drinks and power shots.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:46 pm 
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There are so many people riding up the grade that adrenaline alone will get you to the top. As for fuel I don’t bring a lot on rides like this because the sag stops are really well stocked. I usually power through on pretzels, they always taste better on these rides. Bring a few gels if you think you’ll need them.

BTW thanks for reminding me that I need to sign up for this. Maybe we all need to meet up before of after the ride.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:43 am 
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Getting ready to do a metric century at the Tour de Poway and I have two big concerns. The one is that I will never make it up the Poway grade with out walking and since I am more proud than smart I might have a heart attack climbing the hill rather than walk it. My second concern is Nutrition for the ride. I have noticed on long rides I don't get that hungry and have to force myself to eat, which is a very strange concept for me. So I am looking for a combo of bars and gels so I don't bonk. Also wanting peoples experience with fluids, energy drinks and power shots.


The Poway Grade scares me and I live at the bottom of it. The first part, is the worst part, but it does sorta level off in the middle . And with the climb being timed it might get a little loco out there. If you are really concerned, just hang in the back at the start and when you start passing people you will feel more confident.
About eating: I am the same way, I have to pay attention, and eat every 20 miles. If you don't eat you will pay for it for sure on a longer ride. I like Cytomax orange flavor, to drink, but everyone's tastes are diffrent. You can get single serving packets of most brands/flavors and find one you like. If you can find out what they are mixing up at he SAG stations at the T.d.P. you could buy that and your tummy won't react to someting new on the event day.
A peanut butter sandwich or a bagel, is easy to get into a jersey pocket and is not too messy, I have been eating the Power Bar Smoothe bars (orange and berrry) lately, and Performance has them on sale, buy one box, get a box free. I also like the Accelgels, key lime flavor. But one thing the roadies can do that most Mt. Bikers can't, is stop at a convience store along the ride. An Ice cold Coke, and a Snickers Bar can be a life saver. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:12 am 
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Last year's Tour de Poway was my first century and I was worried at the start about how I'd do. I had never ridden over 45 miles on the road bike. I started with a bottle of water and a bottle of electrolyte. I also had a sandwich bag of cliff bar cut into bit size chunks and shot blocks. I forced myself to eat one or two bits of the cliff bar and a shot block every 30 min. I had enough in the bag for 6 hours. Eating early and often, before you feel hungry (and get the bonk feeling) is key. The aid stations are stocked with everything you would want: fruit, bars, gels (?), PBJ's, PB & honey, water, electrolyte and replacement drinks. I think the key is to remember how much energy you will be using and make sure your replace that before you feel it and bonk. Best of all, good luck!


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An Ice cold Coke


This has gotten me through many of rides, pair that with some PB M&M's...MONEY$$$$$$$$$

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i had good experience in the Tour de Cure taking these 'sportlegs' pills. im not sure if theyre nutrition but they definitely keep the burn down on the long climbs. came recommended to me by a few people and on climbs that would have me huffing and puffing they seemed to do their job. Im also a GU pack guy, just bring a couple. easy money. Good luck

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moondogg wrote:
Eating early and often, before you feel hungry (and get the bonk feeling) is key.


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I found Gatorade in the bottles helps a lot on longer rides. Stay calm, I did the little Italy metric last year, at the start I was all pumped up and tried to pass everyone, 5 miles in, I was spent. The last ten miles are the worst, but as soon as you finish, you're going to want to do a full century, good luck :cheers:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:15 pm 
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Thanks for the info. After this I want to the the Encinitas Century ride. I have upped my mileage and am doing the Insanity work out (It is like P90X without the weights) and although I feel like a kid, the 250+ body I am carrying around snaps me back to reality.


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