How to !!Succeed!! in STP or
-> Seattle to Portland Bicycle event:
200 miles, 1 day
What To Do for Riding 200 Miles in One Day
Ride 200 miles in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle event?
Yeah, sure, in my dreams. I'm over 50, how can I do that?
Yet, I've done it two years, in a row, in one day each.....
but I've also !!FAIL!! and done just about everything wrong a person can.
Drink before you're thirsty!
the Sodi(um) jerk will get'ya
Eat before you're hungry!
the Stomach Curmudgeon rules and has the Osmotic Police to enforce!
Max Heart Rate is 220 - age (or so)!??!
and fat burning shuts down at 75(%)!
This is the book I wish someone would have given me before I was foolish enough to try.
Books in the STP library
WTF - If you knew this why didn't you tell me?
OK, riding a bike is "It's Simple".
All you have to do is:
- Eat before you're hungry,
- Drink before you're thirsty,
- Be confident and well conditioned, and
- have decent, fitting equipment.
Yeah, yeah, yadda, yadda, be strong, conditioned, blah, blah.
But, WTF!! why didn't they tell me about "little things" like Max Heart Rate! Greedy Piglets! Osmotic Police! Bowel Cleansing!
Etc! Etc! Etc!
The secretive young jerks, waning to make a fool of me(?), keep silent.
.....or maybe they are clueless young jerks...
==> I need a Book!......read Book: WTF?
How not to !!FAIL!! at STP!!
How to !!FAIL!! At Riding STP: It's Simple!
The Book I Shoulda Had
200 miles in one day of pedaling is a long time to ride a bicycle. That's what I had to do to complete the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Event in that one day. 16 hours is an interesting length of time: a lot can happen. While the "course" is not particularly "hard" 200 miles isn't easy, even if everything goes well!
While I've survived to complete the 200 miles in one day for two years in a row, I've also not made it multiple times with a big !!FAIL!!. I suspect I've done just about everything wrong a person can do.
This is the book that I wish I had had when I started riding longish distances - like more than 10 miles: something to tell me what the simple rules of "drink before thirsty" and "eat before hungry" really mean. ......read Book: Introduction
The Agony of Max Heart Rate: 220-Age
If you check with the American Heart Association, they will inform you something like,
"while everyone's max heart rate is difference, they all decline with age: something like '220-age'.
But what they don't tell you is the "collateral damage":
- Max Speed ~= Max Heart Rate
- Your Stomach shuts down at 75% MHR!
- Stomach shut down == no water!
Just try eating a burger while on a long ride! Maybe the "kids" can do it and then ride slowly but that is faster than your !!FAIL!!
hammer!......read Book: Max Heart Rate
Fueling: Eat Before You are Hungry
OK, "eat before you're hungry".
But, my MHR is way too low so I'm basically "time trialing" for 16 hours(!), and, it is warm, I'm drinking a bunch, so how and what do I shove in to me?
I have and have seen lots of bad examples!
So, a very simple way to !!FAIL!! on STP, is: don't worry about food:
......read Book: Fueling
just eat what "feels good" at the moment in the service area or in the stands selling burgers and fries.
Or, just don't eat at all and "burn off that lard".
Yep, sure fired way to !!FAIL!! and end up like some oversized road kill.
Hydration: Drink Before You are Thirsty
OK, "drink before you're thirsty".
Yeah, as I noted in Fueling, not only is the water "hydrating" it is also transporting fuel. The fuel management part of it might be enough, but, how to tell?
Most of my bad examples have been me! It is really hard to tell if dehydration or over-hydration with no electrolytes, is a problem until a person, figuratively, keels over.
Definitely, drink before thirsty, but when and how much to avoid !!FAIL!!
cramps, slosh, desiccate, roast, etc.?
......read Book: Hydration
Yep, sure fired way to !!FAIL!! and end up road kill is to not worry about hydration and electrolytes!
Old, rusty clunkers and blue jeans
At the start line for the 2008 STP, there was at least one guy on a uni-cycle and 3 folk with old clunker road bikes (complete with market basket and read baskets). They seemed to be awfully casual about the ride (they did say it was their first time) in their blue jeans and sneakers.
No, they weren't planning on a one day ride, but, as the expression goes, "better them then me"!
Yes, a person could ride STP in one day with most anything, but it is oh so much easier to !!FAIL!! by having less than decent equipment. I studiously try to avoid things like sore butt and pain in the legs, etc.
I view that decent bicycle equipment is mandatory for a one day ride, but even more important are the "details": seat, shorts, fit, etc.
......read Book: Equipment
Don't get hit!......read Book: Technique
Don't strain yourself.......read Book: Conditioning
Luck and Confidence......read Book: Luck and Confidence
Mud Splats On My Bike: Notes, experiences, and Stories from riding my bike
Sometimes, you miss the puddle,
other times the puddle misses you,
but then all too often, you and the puddle become one.
When one is riding long distances, like 200 miles, one often has "experiences": some good, some not so.
But good judgment comes from experience,
and the best remembered/learned from "experiences" are the ones that came from bad judgment (or bad luck).
This book captures some of those experiences, the good, but mostly the well remembered bad ones. This is the feedstock and the capture of knowledge for the other books on How to !!FAIL!! at STP.......read Book: Mud Splats