The Tour de France is really what inspired me to try it - the guys go hard one day, then get back on their bike and do it all again the next. I had never ridden long two days in a row, so figured I would see what it was like.
Sunday: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42693072 (106.8 km)
Monday: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42869674 (105.0 km)
The keys to going back-to-back:
- Stay out of the red - keep the power smooth and steady, no big bursts
- Hydrate - I drank around 3 liters of Gatorade each day (just under 1 liter/hour)
- Calories on the bike - Gatorade, bananas... I even ate sour soothers (which I don't really suggest, but mmm!!!).
- Calories off the bike - Right after the first day, I made sure I had a big glass of chocolate milk and a bunch of carby snacks. The rest of the day looked pretty much like the day before a long race, lots of small carby snacks and carb-heavy lunch/dinner. I also made sure to re-hydrate by drinking a lot of water.
All in all, a success!
Next up, century ride. This will be my 5th 160km (6th if you include the 180k ride at Ironman!), so looking forward to tackling the big distance again.