Friday, August 3rd at 4am, the 2 Girls 2 Bikes 50 States tour bus pulled out of Bloomfield, Connecticut en Route to Brunswick, Ohio. While Rachael drove for 8.5 hours, I had the task of keeping us fueled, hydrated, and taking pictures of the ‘welcome’ state signs. Meatloaf said ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

With weather change, routes and plans changed. Instead we cut loose in an arcade for a few hours when we got to Brunswick. Check out our new road trip swag!

Saturday we opted for a create our own 45 mile route. Which included fresh farm stand zucchini.

We were afraid of losing the second zucchini and were on a mission to get to West Virginia so we made some friends and hitched a ride back to our hotel.

Then we were off to West Virginia. After some narrow, winding roads, we crossed the toll bridge and made it over.

We happened to roll up to a casino, became Gold Card members and had slots of fun.

Staying committed to our mission, we rode in West Virginia, casually in our flip flops.

Then it was off to finally meet Erin Cass in Pennsylvania.

We were welcomed with open arms by Erin and Tom (Team Ox) and watched the NFL Induction Ceremony. The delirium kicked in with PM laughter and fun. Erin’s king sized bed was very welcoming

The internal alarm clocks went off an hour early. We had a quick breakfast and then it was off for a ride with Team Ox. To our surprise we realized the route would add us the state of New Jersey.

Erin and Tom took us for legit Philly Cheesesteaks…nom nom nom

Then we were off! Back to Bloomfield, Ct we went. Next up- State #8 Maine! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

West Virginia Mountain Mamas…

It was short, sweet, and an adventure ๐Ÿ˜ We had…

A toll booth to get to West Virginia

Sky, sky, sky

Casino? Slots of fun ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Post-ride shot in the parking lot

Post ride cheers!

The Dashboard DJ is still crushing it ๐Ÿ˜‰

State #3 of the weekend with Team Ox tomorrow!!

So long Ohio!

Well we did it! Ohioโœ… Some highlights….

The Ohio sky…

Our Champion Bandana…you were all with us here in Ohio. We love you all! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Making some friends…

Back to the 2 Girls 2 Bikes 50 States tour bus…see you in West Virginia! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Just a minute…

Quick 7am status and a few reflections…

We are under 6 hours to go until we hit the Ohio state line. New York sky (Hudson Valley).

Dayle’s moving. Rachael’s moving. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ 

We’ve been awake since 3:40am.

Rachael woke up cranky. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

We are on breakfast #2

This was breakfast #1. Ok, some of it…

Dashboard DJ has it on lockdown. 2 Girls 2 Bikes theme song?

Love you guys! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

CCG 2018 – Nutrition Edition

Ohhh and the title even rhymes…BOOM!

In 2 days of 90+ sweltering heat, we did it! State #4- check! I could go on about a lot of things- the laughter, the arguments, the tears, the blood (I think there was some at some point), etc. Those things happen, and, in the end, we are a team and we move forward.

What saved us was the nutrition. These big-finish smiles (Ok, Rachael’s smile and my shenanigans) would have been non-existent without it. This is not a shameless sponsor/ambassador plug either.

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I usually start preparing nutrition and thinking several days before a big race or multi-day ride. Especially if there will be heat. In that regard, Mother Nature did not disappoint this year.

I honestly applaud those who rode this with MS. I can’t imagine how grueling it was with the heat and sun beating down for 2 days. It’s not an easy course either. If you’re not on our Champion Bandanna yet, please let us know so we can get you on there!

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72 hours before I started to add a few extra grams of carbohydrates to each meal- a little more oatmeal than usual at breakfast, carrots/hummus for snack, etc while maintaining my usual protein intake of about 130-150g per day. Not heaping piles of carbs, just a few grams here and there. I also donโ€™t automatically go for potatoes, rice, and oatmeal to carb-up. I just happen to eat oatmeal for breakfast every day because I love it. When I prepare for a ride or race, I get most of my carbohydrates from other sources- beets, carrots, berries, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, bananas, and so on. ย OH- I do all of this with no wheat, no dairy, and no soy.

At 48-hours I increased the carbohydrate-dense foods, focusing on those that are mainly easy to digest. At this point there were no salads, or โ€œroughageโ€ to avoid stomach aches while on the bike. I switch from rolled oats to quick-oats which are easily digestible.

24-hours With nerves in play, I keep it pretty normal. For dinner this year, I ate a gluten-free pizza crust with roasted tomatoes, chicken, and peppers. No dairy. I sipped on electrolytes and water all day. Thanks Skratch!

Morning of– The ride started at 7:30 but I got up at 4. I ate a square (~1 cup) of my usual oatmeal bake with some water and a small iced coffee by 4:30 am. At 6:30, I started sipping on a starch drink mixed with water. At 7, I had a waffle. At this point I was beyond hydrated. I was already retaining water due to hormones and I had been hydrating with water and Skratch religiously all week long. I still had time for some pre-ride pics.

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On the bike– I didnโ€™t eat again until a little over an hour into the ride. I drank though. Oh boy did I drink. The key was to drink even when not thirsty and eat before getting hungry (the latter I do off the bike as well). We stopped more than I think we usually do but at each one we had to refill bottles. Eating on the bike I decided I donโ€™t care for chews as a nutrition source- theyโ€™re tough on the gut in the heat. Instead I stuck with gels, bars, and waffles with Skratch hydration which was clutch. The two things I was pretty thankful for was one gel with 150 mg caffeine and the stop with a garden hose pouring out cold water. Felt so good.

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After– Immediately after riding we take a 20g shot of protein and amino acids to aid with recovery. But I start thinking about what protein source I will devour because Iโ€™ve been known to slip and get a little jittery/light-headed. The thing with the multi-day rides is we have to do it again the next day.ย  So nutrition after Day 1 is critical….along with the Rice Krispie treats in our tent. We basically wake up and do it again for Day 2.

After that, time to party and hydrate of of course!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

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It’s Podcast Day!!

Happy Friday! May came and went so fast, right?! No MS rides in May, but we bounced back from the flu, got some training rides in, and are officially ready for the Corks for MS Fundraiser and the Praxair off the Chain ride in Windsor CT this weekend (State #2- yay!). Wine and bourbon tasting tickets are still available for Saturday! Hint Hint! ย That link will take you right where you need to go!

https://www.maximumbev.com/events/i7144378jf

By far the coolest thing we did in May was a few weeks ago when we ventured out to UCONN to spend some time with Peddlin’ Ron and Fran on WHUS Bicycle Talk. It just dropped on iTunes today, so check it out and share with friends. You can also tune in to WHUS or listen on WHUS.ORG.

It was definitely a first for us; lots of rules like no swearing, no prices/money, no call to action, etc so we were super careful at first with answers (ok, I was super careful- ha) but toward the end our extroverted selves were shining through (i.e. FYI – Skratch is great when you have the flu). Still can’t believe I said that. Oh wait- yes I totally can! It was great to tell our story, highlight the work we are doing for MS, and to just talk about bikes and cycling in general.

A huge shoutout and thank you to Ron and Fran for making us feel welcome and letting us share our story and what we are setting out to do! Give it a listen and spread the word!

See you in Connecticut!

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