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Big Ride Preps

Posted By: KP
Date: Friday, 22 February 2008, at 9:55 a.m.

I shared some thoughts in an e-mail this morning that may be helpful reminders for those preparing to ride very long, difficult routes. Especially in remote areas.

Looking ahead to tomorrow ==>

1) We may get a break in the weather. Yeah bay-beee!

2) I am going to get new tires -- be sure yours are fresh. It is a long rough ride with some debri on the roads. I'd hate to have one of us lose out on a great day due to mechanicals. Along those lines; have an escape plan. I'll let my wife know to have her phone handy. I think there is little chance of one of us having to bail. You may experience additional difficulty if bonking occurs or from starting too hard, but we are all fit enough for a controlled sufferfest as long as we think ahead. One rider's problems can affect others so seek preventative measures. This ride will be like going to Dudley's and back x 2 but with one descent. I'll carry three tubes and four CO2 cartridges. I have flatted 3x on this ride before. Alternatively, carry a frame pump.

3) I'll have a 1000 to 1200cal breakfast at 5:00am. Your amounts will vary but a big breakfast, well in advance, will ensure quality efforts and help post ride recovery. It is also good practice for an IM breakfast. Every opportunity to work on IM execution missed -- is lost forever.

4) We will start at 8:00am from the road behind the gas stations (Chevron and Shell) across from North County Fair (exit 15 on Via Rancho Parkway).

5) Have a look a few times today/this evening at the weather to help dress out properly at:

http://weather.msn.com/tenday.aspx?wealocations=wc:USCA0982&src=rss

Plug in Poway, Santa Ysabel and Julian as search cities in addition to Escondido as back country and altitude can be quite different than conditions at 15 and Escondido. Pass this note along to any pals coming along.

Looking forward to the ride!

coach KP

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