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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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Year 8 CCG in the books

This is going to be a long one – we each are going to write our own blog for CCG

It’s hard to believe a week ago today I was sitting down to get my annual mani with MaryBeth up in Hopkinton. This marks 4years! And every year I do a little something different

This year I’d have to say was by far the best year for CCG. There definitely people missing, there were new people on the team, and we had some veterans come back. But the part that made it the best was exactly what others were saying, people came together more. Especially on TVR! (Makes me that much more excited for the years to come).

Our bright new blue kits popped! thanks Stephen and Carolyn from Primal custom! You sure came through with Michael’s vision and were by far the easiest custom team to work with! Not to mention your giveback program. And thanks to Paige for coming through with our team T-shirt and color choice Bc we popped on the ferry too! (They always take our picture first which means half the team isn’t there yet!)

Another thank you to Pallas and the massage team, especially my girl Cherie! Spoiling me from head to toe and bringing your cups! Love me my suction marks ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday was incredibly hot, even at 450am when it was time to head to BCBS. We all were hanging out in the VIP area and coming together which was the start of why the weekend was just so amazing. It was for sure reunion! (I hope the start is at the same next year).

Opening ceremonies etc we complete and we were the 3rd team to pedal out… about 10 pedals in and I started having shifting problems. Thankfully we have a bike mechanic/bike shop owner on our team! Jon pulled over, we fixed my bike, and caught back up to the group and off we went. I knew with the heat though my left calf was going to give me a hard time. Creeping in at almost 100 degrees at mile 28 I knew i wasn’t going to make it. Chris was pedaling back with me but the heat was sucking all the hydration out of me and the calf knee it was over. I hydrated all week, and was sucking down fluids every few minutes or so, but having a real medical condition no hydration will help. At the lunch stop (mike 37) I made the first smart decision I’ve ever made on a ride and hopped in the Jeep with MaryBeth straight to the last rest stop. Sucked so much doing this but I wasn’t going to hold the team back and was going to keep my leg!

When MB and I got to the last rest stop no one was there volunteering so MB and I took over! I had to warm up before the crew reached me so I pedaled the parking lot over and over and over… to hit almost 4 miles. I pulled the team into the MMA with my fresh legs! Mom and dad were waiting, as always!

Sunday I woke up feeling great and knew the hills would be tough but I would be able to handle the day. But I was also going to play it mile by mile. We will keep out the tears, from rest stop 1-2, and then straight to lunch at mile 42. I was feeling good. Wasn’t sure if I was going to continue if I rode alone, but the crew stepped up and held onto me. We rode our ride! I am so thankful for the group I ride with. We added on this year, and were missing Jeremy, but these 3 are my rock. We became a solid crew last year, and it’s just known that we stick together. Love them!

Dayle and I completed state 4! 46 to go!

has to have Lany in our clink pic!

Here are photos from the weekend won’t bore you with any more, more so I am still lost with words from the weekend being it was the best one to date!

Thank you HDI for a second year!!

Ohio is next the first weekend in August!