In which the Bad Idea Fairy's meal planning is contemplated

Today we did about 15 miles in 2 hours (moving time), in preparation for the Home On the Range ride next weekend. The actual "gone from the trailer time" was almost 3 hours, because we ran into some obstacles left by a recent windstorm:
Patty (pink helmet) is signed up to do the 75 miler with her gelding Shade.  Sirie (blue helmet) is recovering from hip surgery, so she'll do the 25 miler with Arianna.  And Fiddle is as ready as I can make us to start her first 6 days!  Almost 5 days!   Wahoooo!

 For the first time in months we had REAL, SUSTAINED SUNSHINE. 

My body's solar battery was reading "zero charge" yesterday, but a few hours trotting trails this morning brought the meter back up to "happy happy joy-joy"!
 One of the best part of riding with the Fish is the conversations. 

Patty has been riding endurance for yonks (she looks about 13 years old in her Tevis Cougar Rock photo, but then again, she looks about 15 years old now, even though she has some grey hair), and she has some wonderful stories to share.
 Of course everyone's best  stories run along the lines of "here's how I know not to do _____ anymore."  Today we talked about food.

As in, bad food.

As in, what food you really, truly, do NOT want to eat the night before an endurance ride.

Chili tops the list.  

Also: spicy gumbo is not a good choice for pre-ride dinner, although our regional endurance organization's current president makes a gumbo that is fabulous after-ride food.  Paul has even fed it to me for breakfast the next morning! 

Also: although wasabi peas are truly delicious, don't bother testing them as potential ride foods--I have already done this and regretted it.  Use your imagination...and then add 50 miles on a bouncy horse!

Also: anything with tons of sugar or fiber

Also: copious amounts of rum.  I don't normally drink anything except water for the day prior to a ride, but one of my juniors tested the rum rather extensively some years back...she was absolutely green for the first 20 miles of our ride!

'Fess up, Gentle Readers: 
What's the worst food you've eaten prior to an event?


  1. :smug: An obvious mistake that I haven't made yet! GO ME! I have a stomach of iron but even I wouldn't try delicious spicy food the night before.

  2. Funder if you really want to feel "icky" all during a ride, take two Aleve before you set out. Your iron stomach will be no more...~E.G.

  3. Wish I'd been riding with you, rather than grimacing in pain -- at least till Patty got her "magic machine" on me! It sure helped, but I was back to bad aching by bed time...

  4. I have never eaten the "wrong" food, only mistake I've ever made was not eating food at all :(


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