Smart Ride 2011 Miami to Key West 165 miles

  • cyclingmedic

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    Mar 27, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    My partner and I are participating in the Smart Ride this year. You can find out more at thesmartride.org It is a 165 bicycle ride from Miami to Key West. All money raised goes to local HIV/AIDS charities. I have no cycling experience and neither does my partner. Just wondering if any body has any suggestions on training schedules, what items we will need for the ride, or if anybody in our area is doing it as well we would love to ride together sometime.
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    Mar 27, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    dustincarter19 saidMy partner and I are participating in the Smart Ride this year. You can find out more at thesmartride.org It is a 165 bicycle ride from Miami to Key West. All money raised goes to local HIV/AIDS charities. I have no cycling experience and neither does my partner. Just wondering if any body has any suggestions on training schedules, what items we will need for the ride, or if anybody in our area is doing it as well we would love to ride together sometime.

    I can get back to you, my partner knows your local SMART Ride Committee members from the Orlando area, from "Miracle of Love" the Orlando-based agency that serves Central Florida.

    http://www.miracleofloveinc.org/index.html

    We'll also see them on Sat, Apr 9, when we host the state-wide SMART Ride meeting at our place, as we do monthly. My partner is a co-founder, we do the Ride every year, he on crew, myself either crew or riding (God willing, riding this year again). That way you can contact local people right there.

    Take this link and see lots of pics, some of me & hubby. This year's site is being rebuilt for the new SMART Ride 8, based on ride decisions the committee is still making, so more is coming.

    http://www.thesmartride.org/8/

    Please feel free to e-mail me directly. You just connected with SMART Ride Central here, your best source for the latest info.

    And thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing to ride. I hope to meet you (I do the registration when you first arrive, so you'll see us both. We stay at the Ride starting point all the previous week, doing the set-up, before going on the 2-day Ride itself ourselves, my partner running "sweep" for disabled bikes).

    As for cycling experience, here's a pic of me, after completing the Ride in Key West. Note my blue handicapped car placard on my bike handlebars. This year my rider number is already assigned as 62, my age. (Regular online registration at the site above begins after April 1)

    If I can do this, 100% disabled and at 62, YOU can do this. We only ride 20 miles at a time between pit stops, so don't think about the total mileage. We ride on the installment plan. LOL! And remember, it's not a race. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Mar 27, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    no cycling experience on long rides?

    or no experience as in needing these:
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    but seriously if you're not used to long rides, do a couple 30-40 milers at least , just so your ass gets used to that.

  • cyclingmedic

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    Apr 03, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    I can ride a bike, lol, but have no cycling experience
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    Apr 09, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    ah good.

    typically where it can hurt the most is the lower back, hand numbness, crotch numbness ( to the point where you don't know you're a male anymore ).

    then general fatigue can make things kind of dreary .

    so make sure you got an optimal position on the bike ( any respectable shop will fix that ) , have good padded gloves, good quality biking shorts ( nice thick chamois ) .

    drink every 10 minutes and eat every 30 minutes ( tons of carbs - power gels of any kind work very well, but you'll also want solid food ) .

    don't eat fruits while riding : apples , oranges, peaches ..
    good:dried fruits are ok, but beware, you don't want to crap your nice shorts...lol.
    best : breads, cakes, cookies ( nothing that melts though ) , energy bars are good.

    and for the last miles, some flat coke does the job of giving you a last little kick to finish well : the high sugar and caffeine give you a boost .( old racing trick ) but keep it for the end, because it doesn't work for very long and it "must" be flat.
    you don't really need it, i'm just mentioning it as a possibility.

    also keep a bottle of gatorade but not pure, dilute 2/3 with 1/3 water .
    ( your bike should have 2 bottle cages and/or you can stick one in your jersey back pockets )
    i'd recommend also you use a camelback with only water in the pouch.
    they're not very expensive and well worth it ( they're great for hiking to ) .

    well that's about what i can think of .

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    as for riding itself, do go for a few longish rides but don't go alone or make sure you got your cell phone and someone who can come and pick you up . .. in case.


  • cyclingmedic

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    Apr 11, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of the pointers! I am going to start training for the right next month. I can't wait.
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    DUSTIN LEFT U A EMAIL IN REGUARDS TO THE RIDE..

    HAVE PLENTY OF WATER ON HAND..
    HAVE LOTS OF SUN SCREEN
    HAVE LOTS OF SIKN -SO- SOFT BY AVON..THE BUGS WILL BE OUT IN FULL FORCE..
    I THINK THE RIDE WILL GO DOWN CARD SOUND ROAD,NOT OVER THE 18 MILE STRETCH OF US1..

    WHEN YOU GET TO 7 MILE BRIDGE STAY CLOSE TO THE CENTER OF THE ROAD,TO KEEP FROM BEING BLOWN OVER IF THERE IS A WIND GUST..

    THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE BIKERS..

    THE SUN WILL BE VERY HOT AND MUGGY..

    YES..EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED.
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    GO TO A SPINNING CLASS BEFORE YOU DO THIS BRUTAL TRIP..
    YOUR LEGS WILL FEEL LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO FALL OFF,AND *MAKE*,SURE YOU HAVE SEVERAL GOOD PADDED BIKE SHORTS..YOUR ASS,AND BALLS WILL BE HAPPY IF YOU DO..


    ALSO IF U HAVE A HAIRY BUSH AND COCK HAIRS..DO YOU SELF A FAVOR..
    SHAVE YOUR,BUSH ,YOUR BALLS,AND YOUR COCK..
    TRUST ME WHEN YOU GET HOT AND SWEATEY AND YOUR COCK GETS STUCK TO YOUR PUBIC HAIRS..THEY WILL BE PULLED OUT OF YOUR SKIN WHEN YOU RAISE UP DURING THE RIDE OR WHEN YOU GET OFF THE BIKE..

    SAVE YOUR SELF THE PAIN,BY SHAVING OFF YOUR BUSH AND PUBIC HAIRS.
    DONT BELEVE ME..THEN GO OUT AND RIDE AND FIND OUT..

    BE SAFE,AND HAVE FUN...

    OH YES DUSTIN..GOING TO KEY WEST IS DOWN HILL..
    GOING BACK TO MIAMI IS UP HILL..IT WILL BE HARDER CLIMBING UP HILL..SO TO SPEAK..
    YOU WILL NOTICE THE DIFFRENCE IN THE CLIMB GOING BACK TO MIAMI..

    DO NO GET CLIP ON SHOES..IF YOU ARE NOT USE TO RIDING WITH CLIP ON,YOU WILL FIND YOUR SELF FALLING OFF THE BIKE ,FOR THE SIMPLE FACT YOU ARE NOT USE TO THEM..I LEARNED THIS LESSON IN ITALY WHILE ON A BIKE TOUR..

    JIMMY IN MIAMI
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    Some useful advice in the post above, also some misinformation:

    - No portion of the road is closed for bikers. You stay to the far right shoulder, sometimes using the available bike paths once you get on the Keys. We do put out signs alerting drivers to our presence, but we share the road with them, per Florida law, and you must ride single-file. That is made clear during the mandatory safety briefing all riders & crew take.

    - We do go over Card Sound Bridge to Key Largo, the highest & steepest bridge we cross, after Pit Stop 2 on the first day.

    - You are NOT in danger of being blown off the 7-Mile Bridge. And you must stay on the right shoulder, just like elsewhere.

    - US 1 to Key West is flat, not downhill, except for the bridges over the channels between the Keys. And the Ride does not return to Miami. The 165 miles is one-way, and ends in Key West. We provide a bus and a truck for the bikes to return you to the starting point south of Miami if you wish. Most people have someone meet them in KW with a private vehicle, and remain through Sunday or Monday (my partner & I already have reservations until Tuesday).

    - Pit stops are at approximately every 20 miles both days. We provide free Gatorade, water, energy bars, bananas and other refreshments, and of course restroom facilities. Thursday night Olive Garden serves us a free "carb overload" meal of pasta under a circus tent. Friday morning before ride-out we get a full breakfast. Friday lunch on the course is at Pit Stop 3, courtesy of Starbucks. Friday night supper, and Saturday morning breakfast are done by Rosie's of Wilton Manors, once again under a large tent for over 500, full hot meals, not sandwiches. Another lunch from Key West merchants greets you there, everything donated to us. My partner and the other SMART Ride committee members plan it that way, why 100% of what you raise as a rider will go directly to the 6 HIV/AIDS agencies we support. Nothing to salaries, overhead or admin support of the Ride itself.

    - Take along and learn how to use a flat tire repair kit, your biggest problem, the road shoulders of 2-lane US 1 being trash, especially on the many bridges. But if you break down, my partner or one of 5 or 6 other sweep/SAG vehicles will scoop you up and take you to the next pit stop, where Bike Tech is located. (Have some cash for repairs). We also have close to 20 motorcycle escorts, an EMS vehicle, and a physician (my personal doctor) and medics on the course. Nobody gets stranded or left behind.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Wow! Definitely some advice here you won't find on active.com! LOL!

    'Art' had previously directed me to some videos that provide some ride information.

    General Info:


    Basic Rider Info:


    Smart Ride: What to Expect:


    There are a couple more videos at http://www.thesmartride.org/8/participants/rider.php

    And, you can find Orlando area training rides at http://www.thesmartride.org/8/participants/TrainingRouteClubsCentral.php

    I'd say the best first step is to make sure your equipment is in order. That means long rides (30+) as others have recommended. Give your equipment a really good shakedown to make sure cables are tight, brakes are set correctly, etc. If you don't want to do that yourself, find a good local bike shop and tell them you need a tune-up for a long tour.

    It's not a race, so you might consider taking your racing saddle off and putting a gel saddle on. 165 miles is a long way and you'll be spending lots of time on that seat. As was recommended above, definitely get a good pair of shorts with a thick chamois. I like Sugoi or Voler. Sugoi is a really good fit. If you have mongo thighs, go with Voler - the legholes are a bit bigger.

    Active.com has a really good directory of articles that can help you prepare. Check them out at http://www.active.com/cycling/Articles/Directory-of-Cycling-Guides.htm. The most important of their articles might be the one that gives advice on riding with other cyclists http://www.active.com/cycling/Articles/Group-Riding.htm

    Above all, have FUN and enjoy the event! You're doing a great thing for yourself and for others. Don't forget to enjoy the ride!
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    and just incase you don't know already, you do NOT wear underwear with bike shorts, lol.


    i don't know about the crotch shaving . I never did it and never experienced problems riding long distances ( centuries back to back ) , or epic mountain bike rides in southern Utah ( hot!) .
    I did shave my legs though, but that was more biker bonding than anything else.
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    May 08, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
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    don't eat fruits while riding : apples , oranges, peaches ..
    good:dried fruits are ok, but beware, you don't want to crap your nice shorts...lol.
    best : breads, cakes, cookies ( nothing that melts though ) , energy bars are good.

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    I don't agree with this at all. I don't know how many days the Smart Ride is, but I've done the AIDS/LifeCycle ride three times which is 7 days and 585 miles. You want to find out what kind of food is going to be available on the ride and get your body acclimated to what's going to be available. I wouldn't listen to anybody else's do's and don'ts except what your body likes and your system can handle.

    Personally I think fruit is great on for the long rides. Oranges and bananas replace important nutrients. Cookies and cakes will spike your blood sugar and won't sustain you. I also crash from gels. They give you short bursts of energy but they don't sustain you for the long haul.

    At the end of the day the most important thing is to just make sure you are eating constantly. Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty.

    Replacing electrolytes is important. You'll be sweating out a lot of salt and the last thing you want is cramping. The advice about mixing Gatorade/Powerade was good. Personally I keep one water bottle that's just water and the second I mix 1/2 electrolyte drink and 1/2 water. It's also important that you get your body used to electrolyte drinks also. The last thing you want is digestive issues on the ride.
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    May 10, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    well, each to his own then...
    and yes , bananas are great ... they're my exception when riding.

    i haven't done back to back centuries since i switched to mtbiking , but in the days, i liked to finish them in 5 hours. Any stuff that was heavy on the stomach was not welcome while on the bike.
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    May 10, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    OMGosh, the third of the videos above, "What To Expect" posted April 11, shows me running registration. I'll probably do some part of registration again this November, then I hope to ride a bike myself. We've already had our reservations in Key West for months.
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    May 10, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Will be crewing this year myself.. and then playing in KW after! Woohoo!
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    May 10, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    gwuinsf saidI don't know how many days the Smart Ride is, but I've done the AIDS/LifeCycle ride three times which is 7 days and 585 miles. You want to find out what kind of food is going to be available on the ride and get your body acclimated to what's going to be available.

    The SMART Ride is 2 days: 100 miles the first, 65 the second.

    Olive Garden provides a free "pasta feast" of spaghetti & macaroni the night before, for a carb load. Next morning before ride-out we have a full breakfast from Starbucks of eggs, bacon & sausage, toast, etc.

    On the road there are 5 pit stops the first day, plus a couple of water points, and 3 pit stops the second day, at roughly 20-mile intervals. At each there are electrolytes, water, bananas, energy bars and other items, all free. The 3rd pit stop on the first day includes sandwiches for lunch at roughly noon, usually ham, beef or turkey with cheese.

    Friday night is a hot meal, usually some chicken & beef, with dessert, and Saturday morning a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cereals, pastries, etc, both meals from Rosie's of Wilton Manors. In Key West you get another lunch meal, usually sandwiches. We feed you well, with all the water you need, and you have to pay nothing.

    Oh, and the Friday overnight stop is at a luxury resort. We all stay in 2-bedroom townhouses, with complete kitchens, and 2 or 2-1/2 baths. We do NOT tent, as some other rides do. You may have to double-up with someone if you're alone.

    Once in Key West you're on your own, some people driving back immediately with friends who meet them, others staying for a little vacation (my partner & I always stay until Tuesday).