I did 105 mi solo last Sunday (S Skagit Hwy, Darrington, Arlington, up Hwy 9).. Started at 8am... Was pretty conservative in my pace the first 50 miles or so.. and ate quite abit in that span.. Everything went well except for about an ~ 25 mi stretch (~mi 60-85) were the temps hit 97. On my break before starting that stretch I had rehydrated by downing 2 bottles of Gatorade and left with a full botlle of cold H20.. a store I was counting on about 17 mi down road was closed 2 size-able (relative term) hills on that stretch that had to be negotiated really zapped me.. so for fear of over heating I pulled off for about a 20 min break between them in a shady spot, downed the last of my water and after recouping a bit set off for the next store about 8 mi down the road.. I sat in that ac'd store for at least 30 min cooling down and re-hydrating.. Feeling refreshed (relative term) again the last 20 mi went surprisingly well.. there was quite a bit of shade too boot (as well as one additional Gatorade stop) which helped..
my phone/Strava died towards the end so what I got I supplemented the last bit with a Google distance..
Total fluid intake was 3L of H20 (4 bottles) while riding and 6 bottles of Gatorade during 4 stops.. Needed 2 bottles H20 during that 25 mi stretch..
FYI it was only supposed to get to into high 80s..
With the temps and the need for proper breaks the loop ended up taking me a couple hours longer than anticipated...
Up the Skagit River with views of Mt baker
then up its trib Sauk River.. swollen from winter snow melt
past Whitehorse Mtn near Darrington
and down the Stillaguamish River, which was full of scantily clad bodies (no pics sorry) cooling down and drinking cold ones... ha! they weren't having as much fun as me!
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