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I don't see the appeal of long, torturing distance XC rides...

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  1. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    Being back in Reno the opportunity for some really long, nasty, "God I want to shoot myself in the head" before turning another crank sort of rides is around for a couple more weeks before the snow flies.

    And I don't get the appeal.

    It could be that I am way out of shape.
    It could be that I am a better rider going down the hill.

    But gosh darn if I don't understand the appeal of the long distance abuse ride.

    Can anyone explain this addiction some folk seem to have? 40 mile off road rides with 10,000' total climbs. That's just sick.
     

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  2. shocktower

    shocktower Monkey

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    It`s a sickness ,I have done some good long rides ,probably the hardest yet best DH at te end was Moab Gemini Bridges ,it has the sickest DH at the end ,I did it on my Bullit :banghead::banghead:,but the end was awsome ,I now do some riding not enough I`am a fatty and way out of shape :disgust1::disgust1:
     
  3. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    kenosha pass in the fall might change your mind...



    the best part about colorado is the high country in the fall. the winter stuff is bullsh*t.
     
  4. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    What's not to love about spending a better part of the day on an XC ride?
     
  5. johnbryanpeters

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    Good long time out on the trails, scenery, you give to the gravity gods and they give it back. No mystery about it whatsoever.
     
  6. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Riding is fun.
    Endorphins are good, real good.
    Prevents you from growing up being a fat whiny pussy.
     
  7. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    Dirt, I think it is that runner's high type of thing! I know people who run distance and they get all fvcked up if they can't run for some reason or another. I think it is an addiction thing.

    I like being out for long periods, but I usually bonk real hard! I can't eat while riding cause it upsets me tummy! I have tried to eat, but to no avail. I just get sick feeling and then cant ride anyway. I have to fuel up before the ride and hope I have enough in the tank to carry me through.

    We have some nice riding in our area, but much past 25-30 miles and I am toast.
     
  8. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Try eating at the end of a nice break. When riding your body directs blood flow to your muscles and not your stomach. After a bit of a break the bloodflow returns and shouldn't upset you as much. Mushy foods like bananas make it easier too.
     
  9. Ithnu

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    Have you tried Gu packs? I find those things work wonders on rides longer than 2 hours.
     
  10. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    Thats it in a nutshell.
     
  11. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    If you really like riding bikes, that's basically the only thing it could be.
     
  12. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    so eat at the end of the break? I have tried different times and there was only one maybe 2 times that I was successfull at eating "food" and not having issues.

    I have a friend who eats pork chops, pizza, subs, anything he wants on our rides and never has issues! :biggrin:

    Yes, but I kinda think they are "false energy" they work for a short time maybe 20 or 30 more minutes tops and then it seems the bonk is even more harsh!
     
  13. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    I love riding my bike and the more time I can spend actually riding, the better. Some of our most fun rides are 8 hours base training rides
     
  14. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Fixed!! :D
     
  15. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Tomorrow I will either go to work, or if the weather is good, I will toss off a century ride on my cross bike.

    I don't even want to ride if it is going to be less then 50 miles road or 30 miles trail anymore.
     
  17. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Gels are good but once you get to the point when you need them you do have to take a hit every 30 minutes or so. I like Hammer Gel in a flask, don't have to deal with those sticky little packets. I only use gels on really long rides. I have no problems eating until I hit the 4 hour mark.

    Another good trick is just carrying one of those ensure shakes. Drinking a little bit at a time over a few hours keeps the energy up with no gastrointestinal repercussions.
     
  18. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    I can't eat or drink anything(except water) in the summer on mountain bike rides so it really limits my riding(the local trail is pretty much just doing hill repeats), but I have found I can stomach gatorade(orange or red only) mixed at half strength for the not summer season. Keeps your sugar up and adds a few salts. I have found that I can munch fruit snacks(sunkist) without problems anytime. I also managed some clif bloks in the heat.
     
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    For whatever reason I can happily ride on after eating a roast beef sandwich.
     
  20. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    I don't think it can be explained to someone, you either like them or you don't, I can't explain it to make you like it.
     
  21. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    It's like a t-shirt I saw in Breck one time. It said:

    "Powder:

    It's like trying to explain sex to a virgin."
     
  22. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    What they said. Plus, the longer & harder the ride, the better the beers taste afterward!
     
  23. Rockland

    Rockland Turbo Monkey

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    Even for DH / freeride guys, gains in xc fitness pay off huge. Just a little more fitness makes the tech parts of the trail easier.
     
  24. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I like the long XC stuff just because its that, long. DH is over in minutes, a 17mi loop will keep you busy for a while. Go hammer out some miles pvssy!
     
  25. Hunter

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    Long rides only suck if you're not in good shape or your ass is getting rubbed raw :plthumbsdown:

    I really enjoy a full day XC ride, but generally that means something less than 30 miles for me. Full day rides with a hammer-fest group are not enjoyable. I want to be out in the woods enjoying time on my bike...not wishing I was faster, my bike was lighter, etc. If I'm riding great trails with good friends, I don't want to get off my bike for a long time.

    I like being able to have this dialogue:
    Dude - "What trails did you ride today?"
    Me - "All of them."
     
  26. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Nope. Still fun.
    :D
    YMMV.
     
  27. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    A-****ing-men.
     
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    laura DH_Laura

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    Long rides are great.
    I love to push myself, to see how far I can go.
    DH is great, shuttles are fun, but if there is a way to tack on extra riding, to make it epic...I'm all about it!
    I guess you have to be in a certain mindset though.
     
  30. OGRipper

    OGRipper Turbo Monkey

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    What pretty much everyone said...long rides kick ass. Taking off for hours with nothing but trails, getting deep in the woods, pushing yourself, getting that endorphin rush, finding the rhythm and flow to the point it's effortless - man I live for that stuff. And you get killer descents and rolling sections you would not otherwise.

    Over time I've learned that frequent, smaller doses of easily digested food coupled with diluted sports drink work best for me. Basically a slow, fairly constant drip of energy replacement.
     
  31. blue

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    Nut up, vag boy.
     
  32. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I've done a couple 35+ mile rides on the xc bike since getting back, and I think the biggest issue with it for me is the bonk. I have the same issue of throwing in food causes me to want to blow my lunch all over the trail side. Anything past that bonk point and bad things start to happen.

    Same deal with me and running. I can run six miles with a break here and there. But if I try to go past, the world starts going black in a hurry.

    So if I wanted to enjoy this festival of pain more, is there a way to get my body to deal with eating during a ride/run?
     
  33. OGRipper

    OGRipper Turbo Monkey

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    Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty. If you wait, you'll end up eating and drinking too much for your body to process while it's otherwise occupied, which leads to blowing chunks and generally feeling like ass. And, pace yourself by taking it down a notch or two so you have something in the tank for the latter part of the ride.
     
  34. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    My new favorite place to ride is a very rugged section of the Pisgah National Forrest. It's big bike type terrain.

    We set up a shuttle to do one " run " . Added to the stellar DH there is some climbing involved. One climb is over four miles long. It can take more than four hours to finish the run.

    I love riding DH and I like to pedal. I ride a 40 pound SX-Trail with a dual crown fork. It's the only bike I ride. I may not be able to cover as much ground as someone on a XC bike, but I don't let it stop me from riding.

    The point is that riding XC, i.e. climbing not walking, on a big bike will make you a hell of a lot stronger.

    To me, anyone who has a cross country bike and whines about riding long distances can shut the hell up.

    Mmm-kay, thanx.
     
  35. johnbryanpeters

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    Eat a little bit often. Too much food will do your stomach in - the thumbnail calculation is that you can handle 250 cal/hr or something like that. Pace your riding - pump along slow, few or no sprints, don't try to be a hero.
     
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    or if your like BadDNA you pull out the flask of scotch. how one can do that while riding Kingdom Trails baffles me. :disgust1: :banghead:
     
  37. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    This isn't the worst idea I've heard in a long time.

    New plan, flasks and power bars.
     
  38. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    I don't do many of them on the mtb, but when riding on the road, it isn't uncommon for me to riding for well over 5 hours. There are times that I will put in alot of saddle time on the mtb in one go, with those, the longer, the better.
     
  39. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    See, I don't mind doing 50 or 60 mile grinds all day on the road bike. I also find that sort of riding to be a lot less challenging, so maybe its just an energy/fat ass issue.
     
  40. loco-gringo

    loco-gringo Crusading Clamp Monkey

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    I had Arby's at mile 60 of a century this year. :drool: