I blogged about that I bonked yesterday which was an odd occurrence because I generally am good to go for 5-6 hours with no problem. I was talking to my sweetie last night and told her about hitting a wall around mile 55 (which generally adds up to 110 road bike miles) and she said “Scott, don’t you remember when you were happy to get 10 miles in of mountain biking?” It’s true, I could barely get around a root without dying of exhaustion. Now I can get around two!
I’ve found out that nutrition plays a huge role in how to maintain long distances when on a bike. I’ve probably made more mistakes than I’d care to admit when trying to do long rides. One time I packed my camelbak bag full of fruit…the result? Hot mushy and squished fruit. One time I ate a bunch of solids before a Cyclocross race and after the second barrier the only thing that was jumping was the food rolling around in my belly.
Through these mistakes I’ve learned a lot and what has worked for me. I’m going to log this information down as “things that worked for Scott Thigpen“ it may not work for you, in fact you should experiment before you figure out your own magic formula.
(or riding a road bike century, mountain bike century, your first long distance run on a bike or something enormously tough on a bike)
This is a formula I’m trying to perfect for myself. I, by no means, do not have the key to a successful endurance ride. I can tell you that when I did the Rouge Roubaix a few weeks back that I had 0 problems with bonking and that was me on a bike spinning for 6 hours with only one 60 second break for the whole time.
I’m not sure how this is all going to translate in the Divide Race. From what I’ve read, a Divide Racer is 13 hours in the saddle a day while spinning at an endurance race pace. I’m still working on how to watch for water, my calorie intake and listening to my body. I’m nowhere near ready for this race…but I’m closer than I was.