85-MILE SOLO RIDE-Training for Clean air Challenge

posted by Brian Ross - 

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85.5 miles!!  On Saturday, I biked alone, carrying my own water, food & gear down the Turnagain Arm & back!  

I turned around at 20 Mile River at the end of the Turnagain Arm. My goal was to train for the 100-mile route of the Clean Air Challenge (link) while testing the limits of my new body.  I say new because I lost 151 pounds with You First on the Ideal Protein plan!  (Link)

Before I dive into all the technical biking stuff, let me ask for your support on the Clean Air Challenge!  I'd appreciate your donation to support the American Lung Association's fight against lung disease!  Please click this link to sponsor me in the CAC and share this info with your friends.  Thanks! (link)

I'll admit, I was WIPED OUT by the time I reached home, but it gave me a good reading on my condition.  

I think with some more workouts to improve my endurance & speed, I'll be able to make the full century ride.  First, remember that I was hauling more weight than I will be during the 100-miles of the Clean Air Challenge (there are routes from 10 to 100 miles you may choose).  The CAC is supported, so I will not need to sustain myself with extras like I list below.

HYDRATION:  I had already drank about 28+ ounces of water before starting.  I had 68-ounces of water on my bike-- and should have had at least one more bottle.  The cold made me think I was not thirsty when I actually was starting to dehydrate.

FOOD:  10 ounces of protein (eggs/ham) mixed with veggies, two bananas, two slices of whole grain bread, 2 slices of cheese, and a few Ideal Protein bars.  I had already eaten a big breakfast.  I was careful to eat my fats and carbs (cheese & bread) separately  during my lunch & dinner.

CLOTHING:  A thin thermal underlayer, sweat suit, a biker jersey (which was a bit big, thanks to Ideal Protein & You First), wind breaker, wool socks, , 2-pairs of gloves, neck gator (handy when I needed to cover/warm up my mouth & nose) and thermal skull cap. 

I also used pairs of chemical foot & hand warmers-- needed one more pair of foot warmers though.  The first pair ran out...poor, cold tootsies.

GEAR:  Helmet, safety vest, reflective helmet cover, Shimano cleated bike shoes, handle bar bag, rear/side saddle bags, spare tube, 2 multi-tools, small allen wrench set, tire pump & CO2 cartridge pump, tire gauge.  I also used pairs of chemical foot & hand warmers-- needed one more pair of foot warmers though.  The first pair ran out...poor, cold tootsies.

OTHER: Bluetooth earbuds, spare corded earbuds, cell phone with Strava fitness app, charging cable, battery "juice pack," audio book about people who get STRANDED alone in the wilderness-- probably not a good choice when travelling by snow capped mountains.

My C-shaped seat was AWESOME!  No chaffing or numbness and there was no need to wear padded shorts!

Disclosure:  I, Brian Ross, was a client of You First for 10 weeks. After seeing significant weight loss results on the Ideal Protein plan, I proudly began endorsing them & receive compensation for on-air mentions & web content.  Results may vary.

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