I like dogs/I hate dogs

I like dogs ok, they are fun to play with, they can catch things, they are loyal…all those cool dog things. But when i am on my bike and they chase me they seriously scare me…irrationally so. i think it is left over fear from being chased down on my bike by a pack of little dogs and getting bit when i was little. On my ride tonight i got chased by dogs three times…ahh…adrenalin.

2 Replies to “I like dogs/I hate dogs”

  1. Ben: Good luck on your ride. No advice re errant dogs but lots of advice on extended rides. Having done several one hundred mile rides in the heat…KEEP HYDRATED!!! I became dehydrated once on a 70 mile ride and ended up near delirium on the side of the road and took two liters of fluid IV-style by the passing ambulance that was part of the support group for the ride. Not a fun experience and I truly learned my lesson. You might consider a CamelBack. I have one and on any rides I do that exceed 60 miles…I’ll wear it. Last outing the temp was in the upper 80’s-low 90’s and we rode app’x 70 miles…I drained my CamelBack (70 oz) and 3 bottles of GatorAde (20 oz each) plus ate 2 ClifBars and 3 PowerBars and 1/2 bagel. Keep nourished and drink lots. The humidity in this area is generally less than 10% so a very dry heat but, be wary, humidity is the trickster…You’ll sweat copious amounts so your fluid intake needs to be paramount. Anyway…Good luck. RC

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  2. Thanks RC…i think im going to really concentrate on drinking/calories and my pace…im not out to get some sort of good time, so i just want to ride efficiently, not to fast, not to slow, so i make it to the end. As long as i avoid the ambulance ill feel successful!

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