Everyone has unique needs and your needs will change based on weather and other factors. It’s important to consume a small amount of protein because if you don’t after about two and a half hours your body will start to cannibalize muscle tissue as a fuel source. What works for me is Hammer nutrition perpetuem. I drink about a bottle an hour and that meets my needs for complex carbohydrates, protein, and hydration. Dress in layers to accommodate changes in temperature. Remember sunscreen. I have found that arm coolers and kit with an SPF rating 50 or more works better for me than sunscreen. I have had enough mishaps that I know to be prepared with a comprehensive tool kit, at least to spare inner tubes, CO2 inflator with extra cartridges, and a backup mini pump just to be on the safe side. Take ID, your health insurance card, credit card, and some cash. I used a dollar bill as a boot to temporarily deal with a slash in the tire sidewall. Don’t think you’re safe just because you have a tubeless setup. I recently had a flat caused by a staple in my tubeless tire that was not repaired by the sealant and I’m so glad I had extra tubes with me because I was 50 miles from my starting point when the tire went flat.
Solo centuries are one of the best ways to clear your mind and enjoy amazing new scenery. Group centuries are wonderful ways to strengthen relationships and to meet new friends. Good luck on your next century, especially if it’s your first!
–Jim Lehman Wilson
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