Mayhew – that’s a good point that some of the weight loss will be consumed glycogen and fat and such, though to nci’s specific comment about losing 10 pounds, I’d bet she replenished her 500g of glycogen within 24 hours.
The rule of thumb about urine color is a good one that for some reason just doesn’t seem to work as well for women. I have no idea why.
As an alternative, if you ride all day and never have to pee, you’re probably not drinking enough. I have known some people to restrict their fluid intake because they wanted to avoid stinky porta-johns (or frostbite, under non-cycling circumstances). This is not such a great idea.
I’ve been digging on the Camelbak Elixir tablets recently. No calories to speak of, but plenty o’ electrolytes, really portable, and easy to clean out of the bottle or Camelbak.
For longer rides, I found that 3 Elixir tabs in the 70-oz camelbak, plus a 6-scoop bottle of Perpetuem, was enough to get me 65 miles or so. (I usually supplement with some solid food every 100-120 miles, like a roast beef sub or something…my body doesn’t like an all-pseudofood diet.)
Sometimes, you just have a bad day. Pedal Pittsburgh last year (50 mi + 8 mi to/from my house) was the most miserable I’ve ever been on a bike. I got off and walked up 2 hills, which hurt my pride considerably, and on the way home took the elevator and walked home from CMU. I got home, went right to bed, and woke up miserably sick. I’m not sure what was cause vs effect there…
Anyways – that was basically my longest ride in 15 years and so I was convinced I was never going to survive the MS150 a month later. I won’t say it was easy, but it was way better than I feared – I felt great during and after the ride. I certainly took my time at rest stops but my moving avg was 15.5 on day 1 and 15.8 on day 2. I got up Monday and rode to work and felt like I could do another full day.
Lyle – I didn’t have a real training plan and wasn’t really keeping track of mileage, although I think it was way less than what gimpPAC posted.
If I had to guess, I’d say I was averaging 50mi/wk for a few months but it was highly variable – some weeks I probably wouldn’t crack 20, some weeks 100. The longest rides I’d done that year were 25-30 miles up to the observatory and back (I tried to do that at least once a week). I had much grander plans but finding the time is always a challenge.
I do suspect I was probably sick during Pedal Pittsburgh, and just hadn’t shown the visible symptoms yet. I had never experienced anything like that, and I’d done plenty of long distance riding (including 2 MS150s) in the distant past.
Of course, “back in the day” I never trained at all, and brought a pack of smokes with me for the rest stops. Youth is definitely wasted on the young…