Dear TR community.
I am embarking on a journey into the unknown. Coast to coast group ride of 300-320km on the first day and solo ride the same route back on the following day. I plan on taking a light sleeping bag and no other sleeping gear with me. The course has around 3000m of elevation gain, is 99.5% tarmac thus no Dirty Kanza for sure.
On the first day, there are four designated pit stops, but I do not have to worry about carrying extra water of food with me. I have never slept outside like this in public, but I am sure I will be too tired to care.
Here are some of my stats:
- I have ridden (many) rides between 200-280km several times, but never more than 300km.
- They have ended in various ways. I have learned many lessons about hydration and nutrition.
- I have ridden 2300km in 20 days including rest days, so I know the feeling of back to back to back to back days on the saddle.
- My weekly mileage is around 200-500km depending on season and weather
- 2-3 TR sessions per week (totaling around 60km only due to ERG-mode, so not everything can be measured in mileage
- 6Wk average TSS has been hovering between 500-600, now at a high of 800+
- Around 4.5W/kg with an FTP hovering around 360
I know I have the fitness and think the first day will be “easy” - As a relatively stronger rider, by concentrating on keeping myself hydrated and not forgetting to eat should do me well.
The thing is, what will happen the next day? What kind of pacing would you suggest (IF of 0.6? more?)I am sure I will be sore, tired, hangry and something will hurt (most likely knees) - I would like to ask for YOUR tips and tricks how to manage fatigue, niggles, and the mental aspect.