So last weekend I completed my longest ever bike ride. I headed out from downtown Denver with a couple friends for what we here in the Mile High city call "Super Evans." Evans refers to Mt. Evans which sits at the lofty height of 14,264 feet above most beaches. This was my last big training ride before competing at the Leadville 100 on August 15th. We set out not to break records on this ride, but to finish the ride and still have energy.
On a journey that consisted of 129 miles and 15,500 feet of vertical climbing the 2 biggest factors for completion aka survival would be hydration and nutrition. I left my house with 2 bottles filled to the brim with PUR filtered water and potpouri of energy bars and gels. I ended up refilling my bottles a total of 6 times each for 14 bottles in total. That may seem like a lot of fluid, but hydration should always be on your mind whether your out doing a cruise around town or on a monster bike ride. Here in Colorado that dry climate also plays a big factor for depleting water in your body so I'm always sippin' water whether I'm on the bike or cubing it up at work.
So just remember to keep those fluids up and you'll be amazed what your body can do when properly hydrated!
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