Lessons Learned From the Hoppy

As always, I learn something from every ride I do. Here’s what I’ve learned from the Hoppy 100.

The Tricross works great for a century. Other than the usual soreness from long-distance riding, it felt perfectly comfortable. I might consider riding this instead of the road bike for brevets. If I do this, I need to get a trunk bag. I definitely need to get a better rear light bracket, as the light keeps falling off.

I also experimented with a non-residue electrolyte additive to my water in my Camelbak. The previous solution I used had citric acid in it, which caused me to have a really bad case of heartburn. This time, I used a solution without citric acid. The good news is that it did not cause me to have heartburn. The bad news is that I did get a muscle cramp in my left leg while on the W&OD trail. This may be because I didn’t use enough solution, or that I might have run out of water by that time. I need to experiment more with this.

I didn’t bonk once this trip. I think it had to do with the fact that I ate real food throughout. Beer is a major food group, isn’t it?! In any case, they were timed well enough for me, and I got some good rest between stretches of riding.

Other things to note:
Remember the camera! I left it on the table and didn’t realize until I was already out the door. Luckily, others remembered. See Rootchopper’s photos here, and Porta-John’s here.
Bring cash! I usually do this, but I was running late and didn’t have time to get some. White’s Ferry and the snack bar only take cash, as do young kids with lemonade stands on the trail!
Strongly consider buying a GPS or (what?!) getting a smartphone. Yes, I do not have a smartphone because I am cheap. Thankfully, I was with more technologically plugged in people during the times we got lost, but I’m sure there will be a time when I’ll be by myself, and I will need to figure out where I am.

Keep on doing, keep on learning!

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5 thoughts on “Lessons Learned From the Hoppy

  1. Those young kids selling lemonade need to modernize! Kidding! Great points. I think it takes a while to dial in a system for longer rides. Like you note, it’s by doing the rides that you figure it out.

  2. I wish you had said something about the cash situation! So another lesson is we’re all in this ride together.
    I have a long history of running short of water and bonking. Nothing works. Except maybe beer. I was surprised that the beer really seemed to be a good energy drink and didn’t make me woozy. (Not that I’ll be pouring lager in my water bottles any time soon.)
    You disguised what difficulties you were having well. I thought you looked great.
    As for me, I should seriously think about buying a bike that weighs less than a Miata.

    • You looked strong throughout the whole ride! I wouldn’t have known your bike was heavy. I thought we all kept a good pace.
      Yeah, I was also surprised that beer kept me going! I also noticed that I didn’t lose any water weight when I got home, which usually happens.

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