Your Golden Ticket to Chasing Plaid
You are about to embark on an epic challenge. You’ve put in the miles and your bike is all tuned up to embark around the UP, but have you planned out your nutrition? A nutrition plan on a ride like this is a powerful tool that most of the time gets overlooked. Your execution of it has the ability to make or break your ride. Let’s put it this way even if you didn’t do all the miles in training, having a good nutrition plan will get you to that finish line. It is your golden ticket.
A ride like this is all about the consistency, quantity and quality of your hydration and calories. Think of it as having an IV in your body, you want an even drip of calories and liquid throughout the entire day. So for those of you that like to chug a bottle of water and then go out for two hours with nothing..you might “make” it but its not ideal. If you plan on riding day after day, you want optimal. So I want to provide some general guidelines to help you ride strong, recover and be ready for the next day. Before we get started let me say this, I am not a dietitian or nutritionist, that said I am a professional athlete and coach. I know enough to be dangerous, have made the mistakes and learned the lessons. If that’s not enough to convince you, I completed this ride in all 10 days so I know the drill. With that, here are some useful tips and guidelines as you embark on your trek: