Flo-Rida State #10 ๐Ÿโœ…

This was a much needed trip and ride for the both of us. September was a break on the bike while we each had huge plates of life to get through but we pulled it off!

Thursday night we did the tradition pre-airport dinner and sleep over at Casa de Mills! We got to Logan and got on the plane mostly unscathed (sarcasm ๐Ÿคฎ) and made some friends at the Jet Blue front desk.

When we landed we got the usual “is that a piano in that bag” questions (ugh) but the bikes made it just fine and were assembled (Rachael nailed it). We met up with some old Bike MS friends and made new ones (our newest Passport buddy Phil) at the Ride Registration.

Early morning we got up, had breakfast, and got ready to roll with our new friends Deb and Janie. Since Team Left Hand took us under their wing we took off with them for the 78 mile trek to Daytona. A huge shoutout to Scott from Open Road cycles and Ralph From The Bike Bus who helped with some last minute maintenance.

Pirate rest stop. Hands down #1. Need we say more? Best lunch, first aid, and friends. CCG must have a rest stop like this (Jared wait till we tell you about it!)

The ride was amazing. The heat felt so nice coming from the cooler temps of the Northeast and the route was pretty flat except for bridges. Although no alligator sightings.

We had the option to do either 100 or 78 on Day 1, opted for the 78 as many people warned us of the headwinds and crosswinds on the way back!

We finished in Daytona, added many names to our champion bandana, a few of which were just amazing having beat cancer with MS- a true inspiration and the reason we do this! Immediately after finishing and putting our bikes on the rack, we went right to the massage tables. We had all the kinks worked out since it had been a crazy past few weeks. After hanging in the Team Left Hand tent with our new friends, we got some beach time, found some turtles, ordered room service and called it a night.

It was good we did the 78 on Day 1 because we have headwinds and crosswind for the majority of Day 2 that wouldn’t quit. We played it smart with the nutrition and hydration and nearly bonked at just about the finish line. Our new friend Kim was with us for most of the morning and then we caught Bill’s wheel for the remainder of the ride. Since it was a straight shot on the route (literally) there was a lot of time to clear the head and take in the views all while at 20mph.

We crossed the finish line and made more friends, had massages, and caught a ride to pick up our bike boxes. Overall, our favorite ride aside from CCG. We can’t thank Elli, Sydney, Eden and the entire staff enough for their amazing hospitality and for taking us in and making us feel at home!

We ended the night with a huge seafood dinner with Rachael’s colleague Demi who took us in for one more night. The weekend was topped off with a Pats win and then it was off to bed.

If you or someone you know is impacted by Multiple Sclerosis, please send us your/their name so we can make sure they are with us on this journey!

See you next weekend in New York City! And get ready for our 2019 schedule!

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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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