P.S. I've noticed since I wrote this that they apparently changed it back or simply changed it again...sigh...that's what I get for using a free service I guess!
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Here's your answer: They're drinking "Flat Coke" late in the race! I'm no scientist, but I've been around racing for about 20 years as an athlete, serviceman, and in the industry, so I'll do my best to explain.
You see, early on in an event, your blood sugar levels are fluctuating, muscles aren't overly fatigued yet, mentally you're fresh. The primary focus early on in the race is to maintain hydration and maintain glucose levels. That's why we drink water/energy drink and eat bars/gels during events.
However, you know that feeling toward the end of a long event like the Birkie, a Marathon, or a long bike race where you are simply fatigued and ready to be done? That's when it's time to pull out the secret weapon if you're so lucky - Flat Coke!
You see, Coke seems to be magical for that time when you have nothing left to give but you still have the 10 most painful minutes of a race to complete as well as a sprint in to the finish. Think about it; Coke has a lot of sugar (some would say junky sugar, but sugar no less), lots of caffeine, and it really cuts through the nasty cotton mouth you often have at this late point in the race.
Often times, an athlete will be ready to give up. After having a mouthful of Flat Coke and the adrenaline that comes from the finish of the race approaching, new life is instilled into the near bonked athlete and they're again ready to fight it out to the finish.
To flatten coke, simply pour out the Coke into a big bowl and let it sit out for several hours, (overnight before a race) so that the carbonation all goes away. This will help you avoid it fizzing up in your mouth while trying to choke it down!
Recently on CyclovaXC.com, we've featured both an article and tech video on exactly how to clean and lubricate your chain, which will dramatically extend the life of your bicycle drive train. However, no matter how well you care for your chain, eventually it will need to be replaced.
Thanks to a couple of great tools on the market, it is easy to know when your chain needs replacement. In the following video, I review exactly how to use your Park Tool CC-2 Chain Checker to determine when your bike chain needs to be replaced. Check it out!
Come join us along with others on Thursday nights at 4:30 for trail runs through beautiful Hyland Park Reserve, in Bloomington, MN!
The group generally leaves at 4:30PM sharp from the QBP Parking lot directly into the park, click HERE for a map. There is public parking in the QBP lot, near the park entrance (look for the signs). There is generally a wide array of runners enjoying each other's company, ranging in pace from 13 minutes per mile to sub 7's. Usually, the entire group runs together for one 3 mile lap around the Hyland Lake and then some people go out again for a faster and perhaps longer loop.
We avoid running on any pavement in the park, so you'll fit right in if you wear your Vibram 5 Finger shoes (no joke, sometimes a majority of the runners have these on, but that's a whole other story).
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Grandma's Marathon, coming up on June 19, is one of those "measuring stick" events here in the Midwest. Similar to the Birkie, Fat Tire, or Firehouse 50, when you tell someone you're a runner/marathoner, they'll likely ask if you do Grandma's and what your time was in it.
As annoying as that can be (annoying because there are so many other great races, and us athletes don't like our abilities to be defined entirely by one event), it speaks to the scale and caliber of the event.
Grandma's Marathon is one of those events that brings the top athletes of the world to the Midwest. While the occasional Midwesterner like Dick Beardsley will win the event, this seems to come only once per generation. For us enthusiasts that are out there to have fun, stay fit, and hang out with like minded people (what Cyclova XC is all about), Grandma's is also the perfect event. What could be better than running 26.2 miles on the most beautiful and biggest lake in the world?
As you might imagine, Grandma's Marathon is a true world class event. The organization is evident and the participant's experience is almost always fantastic! All of the details from the registration, to the busing to the start (from Duluth to just south of Two Harbors), to the finish chute, to the feed zones is truly pro.
My own favorite experience at Grandma's wasn't in actually running it, rather spectating. My own wife Abby who is a Grandma's veteran several times over ran the race back in 2006 with her close friend Cara Jo (designer of our lovely newsletter logo). This was no ordinary June day. Humidity was off of the charts and the temps were very high. It was so sticky, the fog didn't burn off until mid day along the lake and in simply moving through the thick air, you became soaked in moisture.
My goal was to spectate and give them as many feeds as possible. I wanted to do this on my bike, so I loaded up my bike with a couple gallons of fluids (Water, Gatorade, Flat Coke) as well as a variety of energy foods. I also looked carefully at all of the little back roads that cut back and forth between the Scenic Lakeshore Drive (the race course) and Hwy 61. I discovered that there are many cut across roads. I first saw the racers come by at about mile 5. My ladies (Abby and Cara) were feeling great at that point and I believe declined any feeds. I then jumped back on my bike, time trialed my way back to Hwy 61, took the next cut across road back toward the course and caught them again a few miles further down the course. In total, I saw them a total of 9 times on the course and was able to give them many feeds at just the right time. Both Abby and Cara had fantastic races both finishing in about 4 hours, a huge feat considering the challenging conditions.
So make the drive to Duluth and go be a part of Grandma's Marathon this year. You won't regret it!
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