Stick to it guys. We are in a dogfight over 22 vs. 23. They are only 8000m behind us!
Yeah let's get in those extra metres folks!
I just did my first ever 100k, that was tougoh. Hands are sore. Do you wear gloves? Can you recommend any? KenM
Hi Ken - Well done on your awesome achievement! I bet your hands are sore. I wear some gloves that I think are supposed to be used for cycling - made by a company called Giro - they have protected section on the inside knuckle area of the palm to stop those blisters.
Hi, Ken, I use paper "micropore" tape on my fingers when the calluses don't provide the comfort. Sweat makes it softer and it moulds nicely - easy to remove too. If you're sore on your palms then it's no use. In the gig club I row for people use cycling gloves (a little too padded?), and thin, leather rower's gloves.Many congrats. on your 100k. How much did you eat & drink ? How did you chunk-it up ? Any other tips ?After a work-enforced rest-day, I' dreaming of ending the VTC with a 100k
Wow that's a great ambition. Saturday is going to be a big day for you Steve!On my 100k I had lots of snacks at hand - within arms reach of the C2, unwrapped and in bitesize chinks so I could just grab something when I needed it. I used dark chocolate and Science in Sports bars (cut up).Flapjack cubes wold be good for high energy with a bit of oat-laden longer term carbs.I also had a hearty meal of high carb stuff an hour or so before the start of the session.I just drank water - I find the energy drinks too sugary and seem to dehydrate my mouth. Although the Nuun tablets used by cyclists are quite nice for a bit of a hit towards the end of the 100k.I wore my cycling shorts for extra padding on the backside and used some chamois cream to avoid bum-blisters (never good).Have a friend at hand for music or create an online playlist / stream a playlist to avoid boredom. You could hook up to Netflix and watch a season of your favourite show! I found that I couldn't concentrate on TV watching as my pace varied too much when I was not concentrating.Hope that helps,Good Luck!Caroline
Thanks guys. I forced an energy gel down me every 30 minutes, I've not found any I like yet... Also had a few berry flapjack like things to hand. Drinks: a couple of cartons of apple juice in case I wanted sugar and 3 bottles of water with zero highs in so I wouldn't get cramp.I tried rowing for 30min stopping for 1min to take on fuel but I wouldn't recommend this it just seemed to spoil my rhythm.I had some sparing gloves on, I also try golf gloves and cycling gloves but I just seem to moving blisters around my hands!Secret weapon skwoosh pad for no more butt pain.Good luck with your row Steve.KenM
Thanks for the tips, Ken and Caroline; lot's to plan. I tried 100k at the end of the VTC last year, and was physically good for it, but unplanned - I got the drink seriosuly wrong and I stopped at 70k with cramping, I lost nearly 2kg in weight ! I like the idea of simple drinks with some minerals (like "zeros" / water) and high-energy, "rewarding" foods.Steve