School me on the saddle sore 1000

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Domromer, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Long timer

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    Most like to do it alone but I found that the company, encouragement and banter between me and two of my riding friends made it more enjoyable. Streaming music, books, news, talk shows and especially raunchy comedy when you are a little tired makes it MUCH less boring. (Investigate Pandora Radio) It's actually pretty easy. We did just under 1100 miles in 17.5 hours. Take mints, sour candy and red hots to stimulate your brain for a few minutes every so often. Eat many small snacks and meals, stay away from big carb and fat loaded meals. Stay hydrated, if you get thirsty, you are already behind the 8 ball! Become proficient at plugging tires quickly. Rest and eat well a couple of nights beforehand. My buddy struggled a bit as he did it on four hours of sleep the night before leaving, it was dumb but he didn't want us to change plans so he didn't tell us until we were around 750 miles into our trip.

    There is no need to speed!!! The few minutes you gain will be wasted on the 45 minute stop to chat with the state trooper and the $300 fine!

    Everything you need to know. Read and learn: http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aow.cfm
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  2. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    I am an early riser, so I generally go to bed a bit early, set the alarm for shortly after midnight, gear up and hit the all-night 7-11 a couple miles from the house for a start receipt and am clicking miles by 1:00 a.m. That first four or five hours of darkness are when I am rolling the best and allows me to be home 16-17 hours later prior to sunset.

    The idea of keeping the sun at your back is an important one. West in the morning and East in the afternoon. Electric gear (love my Gerbings jacket) is a lifesaver as well...55 or 60 degrees in the dark feels a lot colder than when the sun is shining.
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  3. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    First question: why?
    What affirmation do you expect to receive?
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  4. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    What caused this be a goal for you?
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  5. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Why not?
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  6. killianm

    killianm Been here awhile

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    All this talk of riding and all this Ice on the roads!! I touched my bike yesterday and she said," Who are YOU? It's been three weeks and all you do is touch me??"<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    My only extra two cents is maybe set a dorky goal like I did. I hopped on the bike one day and hit all the "New England" states. Living in PA was a good launch point. Just something different on some other day through beuatiful country. The ride is pretty easy. Don't just do it for the patch. No one cares (I say that with the Iron Butt license plate holder on my bike. SS1000 is all I've done). Just do it to Have Fun!! If distance is your thing go for it. If not do something else. It has made great memories for me. There is always something to see 1K away. I'm thinking Rockies this fall...or maybe Key West...or may Middle Appalachia loop...Or maybe...You get the idea!!<o:p></o:p>
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  7. randyo

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    sun at back can be just as annoying as in your face blinding you every time you glance at a mirror


    I don't have problem riding into sun with dark smoked shield, piece of electrical tape across top helps as well

    only way to completely avoid sun issues is choose a north south route
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  8. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Yeah it's not about the mileage. In fact the more I plan my route around geographic goals the further I am from 1k. Right now with all the trips I have in mind I'm around 800 miles and that's fine. The geographic aspect is more important to me than the actual mileage.
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  9. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    Me, I have those well designed mirrors where my elbows are factored in the sun reflexion protection system...LOL
    But yeas, you are right. fortunately mirrors are easy to tip down a bit while riding.

    wow, I thought I was the only one to do exactly that tape trick... :freaky I also streamlined both top vents with such tape to get rid of whistling and covered other vents to keep it warn in spring/fall. glossy black is perfect for my helmet.
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  10. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I use painters tape. It leaves no sticky residue when you replacement an old piece with new.
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  11. univibe88

    univibe88 Slidell4Life

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    After I did my first SS1K it was like an epiphany for me, realizing how many previously seeming far off places are less than a days ride away. It suddenly made the country seem much smaller.

    But everyone has their own motivations and gets their own rewards from doing it. Don't let anyone put doubt in your mind by asking you why. If they don't get it, then that's their problem.

    Here is what works for me (any repeats are for emphasis):
    Get a good night sleep for the 3-4 nights leading up to the ride and hydrate during that time
    Don't drink alcohol for those days
    Cut back coffee to only have my morning cup - I personally don't eliminate it 100%
    Pack electrics and rain gear. Better to have them and not need them than vice versa.
    Start off the ride with a light breakfast of fruit and an egg and my usual coffee - but no caffeine boosts later
    I ride with a camelpack to keep ahead of dehydration. Fill at every stop.
    I snack on power bars, beef jerky and dried apricots at every gas stop - constant snacking keeps the blood sugar even and prevent drowsiness later
    Around 700 miles in stop for a light dinner. Subways are at most truck stops and is a light enough to prevent food coma.
    At the last gas stop get an ice cream bar. The cold and sugar is very refreshing for the last push.
    And most important, take a break any time you need it and know when to quit. It should never feel grueling. It's really not that hard. If you feel really pushed you at least need a break and maybe consider grabbing a hotel.

    YMMV but this works for me and I can ride 1000 miles days on end using it.
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  12. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    I have not done one yet, as my bike fragged itself two days before my launch date in 2010. However, one simple suggestion... go to each State DOT website to see if there is any major road construction along your route, especially in Florida... you can sit on the interstate for hours in Florida any time of the year...
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