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Just wondering how people prepare for the 24hr SS as far as training/preriding and eating in the final week. I pre-rode the course today and was thinking of doing some long easy road rides over the next couple days. Nutrition-wise I hadn't planned anything specific, but I'm always interested in what others think!
 

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the only thing you can REALLY do at this point for this weekends 24 is mess your self up...

some might call me a hypocrite with such advice as i plan on riding through to the event BUT i have both a death wish and sights on a stage race a few weeks later.

starting wed, maybe thurs, make sure you are getting enough sleep, ramp up on your fluid intake and generally take care of yourself...a few easy spins will keep you limber but 'training' this week won't be effective.
 

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I live close to Albion Hills so I've ridden the course enough times and I've also started to taper my training load. Nothing too drastic - I'll still do some long rides I just won't work too hard on them. I'll train until Thursday which is my rest day then on Friday I'll go for an hour ride or so with some short sprints mixed in to get my HR up.

Nutrition wise I stick to what I've been eating. I find that the moment I make changes in my diet things sometimes can get a wee bit wonky.

I'm riding solo men, good luck in your race!
 

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I'll take what's behind door A and agree with Nolibidohere pretty much verbatim. The time for any last "training" that will have have any positive benefit already came and went a couple of weeks ago. Training needs a longer period of work and recovery than only a few days to set in and take effect. However, I do think your question needs to be framed with more context to give a proper answer.

For example, if you're on a team, expecting to be pulling up to 4 or 5 laps, and are a stronger rider that gets out pretty regularly, you can probably just do the same normal riding you do on a typical week, and in fact you may need that to keep from feeling "stale" if you have any aspirations of running some really cracking lap times e.g. low 40 minutes.

If you are going to be out there for perhaps 4-5 laps total, and that would normally be considered a stretch for you, then the advice to simply rest up, and get out for a few relatively short rides to stay loose is a solid plan. Pretty much same advice usually holds true for stronger riders who are in for more laps such as solo riders, tag teams, etc.
 

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nogears pretty much summed it up. The best thing you can do for yourself at this point is sleep. Lots. As much as you can stand. Oh and pack your bags - don't leave it for the last minute or you're sure to forget something important. :thumbsup:

That being said, before my solo at Lifestyles earlier this year, I still got out for Tuesday night at Albion (and did the same the week after :D).

FWIW, Mrs. Monster and I have already started tapering for BCBR (less than two weeks away). We got some solid tempo hours in the bag on the weekend and aside from Tuesdays and some light spins, that's it. Rest, rest, rest. :)
 

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Well, however people want to respond is fine :). Posts in the form of advice are useful, as are posts just saying what people are themselves are going to do in the few days leading up :).
 

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Biff Pedachenko said:
Given this article I ran across yesterday - I'm thinking the best thing to do now is go out on a bender. And since the beer of choice around these parts is Guiness - I shouldn't even have to worry about stopping to eat...
This isn't as far-fetched as you may think Biff. Around Y2K at another 24hr in Ontario, Beau who wrenched at C-S was on a 10 person squad with the rest of the shop dudes (I was on the 5 person "keener" crew instead). It was just Beau and 2 of the other guys there for the start, and the plan was for them to trade laps until the other riders showed up in the evening after the shop closed, so that they could take a break and let the other guys crank out laps for a few hours. You can probably see where this plan was about to go wrong.

So, the evening comes and it's still just the three of them, who are right pissed off that they've been busting their asses for 8 hours, way beyond their level of fitness, and no backup has shown up yet. After some deliberation, Beau says "f&*k it", fills his Camelbak to the brim with beer, and heads out on his bike for a lap. His primary light runs out after the first lap, and the other guys finally show up wanting to take their laps. Beau counters explaining that they weren't there when they were supposed to be, and that no one was getting him off the course until his beer was finished. He goes out for another lap with only some useless little 1 watt backup commuter light and finally shows up again shows up back at the campsite after about 3 hours during which time someone probably could have walked around the entire course faster, plunks himself down, and announces that he's "done" for the rest of the weekend
 

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That sounds pretty much like my last 24 team effort only in reverse - ten man team, only five show up, and by 4pm we're down to three, one of whom is a first time rider and sleeps all night. But we had beer cans to use as batons, so it was all good.

This year I'm running solo and my race bike currently has a flask holder in place of the bottle cage - I wonder what the hydration properties of scotch are?

If nothing else it should keep me popular at the water station around 3am:
-Would you like some Gatorade?
-No, would you like some scotch?
 

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That would explain your venture into solo territory. If almost everyone is going to bail on you, then might as well save the hassle and make it a one man gong show to begin with, right? Way to man up and go for the gusto Biff.

Biff Pedachenko said:
That sounds pretty much like my last 24 team effort only in reverse - ten man team, only five show up, and by 4pm we're down to three, one of whom is a first time rider and sleeps all night. But we had beer cans to use as batons, so it was all good.

This year I'm running solo and my race bike currently has a flask holder in place of the bottle cage - I wonder what the hydration properties of scotch are?

If nothing else it should keep me popular at the water station around 3am:
-Would you like some Gatorade?
-No, would you like some scotch?
 

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The Spanish have known this for years. Pedro Delgado raced The tour with a belly full of booze and did well. He even showed up late for the prologue, still drunk, and still finished third in the tdf. Even more importantly, his libido didn't rest in July - like that Lance guy, he reportedly did more women than stages in his tours!
 

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Biff Pedachenko said:
Given this article I ran across yesterday - I'm thinking the best thing to do now is go out on a bender. And since the beer of choice around these parts is Guiness - I shouldn't even have to worry about stopping to eat...

Beer Hydrates Better than Water - http://www.backpacker.com/beer_hydrate_water/blogs/daily_dirt/1074
Guinness is the only beer approved by the Circlip militant crew chief.
 

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Biff Pedachenko said:
If nothing else it should keep me popular at the water station around 3am:
-Would you like some Gatorade?
-No, would you like some scotch?
Oh that is too good! I actually laughed aloud when I read that :p
 
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