dfvanden wrote:It got me thinking that it would be good for those who attend these rides regularly to have a "designated" food/drink stop at the half way mark, so people could catch up with each other. After all, that's the beauty of a community ride thingo like this. Anyone want to pick a date for the next one, and a spot in Mordi and one in Frankston that both groups can gather in?
The thing about bunch rides (and longer distance rides) is not to get your muscles cold and contracting at a rest stop. You really don't want to stop for more than 10minutes otherwise you make it really difficult on yourself not only starting again, but it kills your longer term endurance.
It is important to bring food with you, that is at least easily accessable while you come to a stop, and preferably while you are riding (or both). You want some medium GI food for these sort of stops (honey roasted cashews are good for me) - but you don't want to eat too much as it will sit in your gut and give you intenstinal cramps if you are going hard.
For a group capable of riding to Frankston and return, Mordialloc is a good distance for a re-group. For those capable of Mordialloc and return - Hampton or Sandringham are good middle distances.
When i've gone hard with A Bunch of Cyclists
we only did Mordialloc as the coach mentioned that there was little point in the extra distance to Frankston for Criterium level racing. Port Melbourne to Mordialloc and going hard provides for excellent TT speeds as well as good distance.
dfvanden wrote:P.S Very knackered after some quenching $5.20 beers at the footy at Docklands and a pizza and sangiovese for dinner. I think I was in bed just after 9:30.
Yup - after a ride like yesterday you can eat and drink all the high GI stuff you want to replace burnt out Glycogen
. Thats about the only time you should eat high GI food. However that doesn't mean go nuts with the fat intake - 1 bag of jelly snakes or similar would be enough.
Great thing about such a leg busting ride of yesterday - is the quality of sleep you get. I woke up at 5am this morning and was bright and bubbly.
Just think, if you commute 3 - 5 days a week, and do a ride (to Mordi) on the weekends you will be doing about 6000-8000 calories a week in exercise. If you couple that with a healthy medium calorie intake diet (1800-2200 per day) you will be likely to drop body weight hand over fist (like I have), and improve things like your blood pressure and chlolestorol levels, and probably most importantly these days - your risk of diabeties.
Buy a bike, park the car, ride your ass off...