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    Dragon Slayer Prep

    I'm starting to prepare for the Dragon Slayer, i.e. all three laps of the Goodwater Loop, and wanted to share my lists. Please feel free to add to it or post what you are doing to prepare. As a former Marine, I like to be prepared and am attempting to be ready for most contingencies. I might borrow a GPS unit that pairs with Strava so I can map my ride, as I know my phone won't last for three laps running GPS and a map app.

    The Night Before: I plan to eat a normal dinner at least a couple of hours before I go to bed. I'll have my vehicle loaded with everything except my bike and my wife. I plan to get a solid eight hours of sleep. I'll fully charge my head light before now or over night.

    The Morning Of: I plan to wake up in time to eat breakfast at least an hour before the start and take care of my morning routine. I also plan to arrive at the staging area with enough time to gear up and warm up on my bike for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Bike
    • Tuned up
    • Check tightness of all bolts and fasteners
    • Refresh tubeless setup
    • Check suspension setup



    Gear in Camelbak
    • Tube(s)
    • Tire boot
    • Patch kit
    • Vavle stems
    • Tire levers
    • CO2
    • Inflator
    • Mini pump
    • Shock Pump
    • Digital pressure gauge
    • Derailleur hangar
    • Chain cut to length
    • Extra master links
    • Multi-tool w/ chain breaker
    • Cell phone
    • Emergency contact & medical info
    • Lens cloth for glasses
    • Rain jacket
    • Carmex (aka chap stick)
    • Three liters of water
    • Nutrition
    • Bottle w/ sports drink on bike


    Gear at my vehicle
    • Chamois butter
    • Sun block
    • Floor pump
    • Bike repair stand
    • Fresh shorts, socks, jersey, and gloves for each lap
    • Backup helmet
    • Backup glasses
    • Backup shoes and cleats
    • Backup pedals
    • Backup tires
    • Sealant
    • Food and cold beverages (including beer and maybe whiskey for afterwards)
    • Towel & wash cloth
    • Water
    • Nutrition
    • First aid kit
    • Wife


    I'm sure I'll think of more later. Now, if only my body was prepared for this!

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    Wake up the morning of the ride, take a dump, and call you for a ride. You have everything covered for the both of us. Wait, what size are our extra shoes?
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    Wow! Way to be prepared. I highlighted the items below that I'll have but am only considering two laps.
    Quote Originally Posted by dburatti View Post
    I'm starting to prepare for the Dragon Slayer, i.e. all three laps of the Goodwater Loop, and wanted to share my lists. Please feel free to add to it or post what you are doing to prepare. As a former Marine, I like to be prepared and am attempting to be ready for most contingencies. I might borrow a GPS unit that pairs with Strava so I can map my ride, as I know my phone won't last for three laps running GPS and a map app.

    The Night Before: I plan to eat a normal dinner at least a couple of hours before I go to bed. I'll have my vehicle loaded with everything except my bike and my wife. I plan to get a solid eight hours of sleep. I'll fully charge my head light before now or over night.

    The Morning Of: I plan to wake up in time to eat breakfast at least an hour before the start and take care of my morning routine. I also plan to arrive at the staging area with enough time to gear up and warm up on my bike for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Bike
    • Tuned up
    • Check tightness of all bolts and fasteners
    • Refresh tubeless setup
    • Check suspension setup



    Gear in Camelbak
    • Tube(s)
    • Tire boot
    • Patch kit
    • Vavle stems
    • Tire levers
    • CO2
    • Inflator
    • Mini pump
    • Shock Pump
    • Digital pressure gauge
    • Derailleur hangar
    • Chain cut to length
    • Extra master links
    • Multi-tool w/ chain breaker
    • Cell phone
    • Emergency contact & medical info
    • Lens cloth for glasses
    • Rain jacket
    • Carmex (aka chap stick)
    • Three liters of water
    • Nutrition
    • Bottle w/ sports drink on bike


    Gear at my vehicle
    • Chamois butter
    • Sun block
    • Floor pump
    • Bike repair stand
    • Fresh shorts, socks, jersey, and gloves for each lap
    • Backup helmet
    • Backup glasses
    • Backup shoes and cleats
    • Backup pedals
    • Backup tires
    • Sealant
    • Food and cold beverages (including beer and maybe whiskey for afterwards)
    • Towel & wash cloth
    • Water
    • Nutrition
    • First aid kit
    • Wife
      with map to each trailhead in case she has to come pick me up because I didn't bring the rest of these items


    Last edited by throet; 09-09-2017 at 05:05 PM.

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    I carry tape either electrical or duct tape and zip ties. I'll carry a shock pump for a recon ride, or setup, but won't carry it for the big ride day. How about a backup wheel in your truck? Also, does your nutrition include extra electrolytes? With 3 liters of water and only 24-28oz of sports drink, I'd be concerned with loosing too many electrolytes, but I sweat a lot, maybe you don't.

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    Dragon Slayer Prep

    No need to warm up for a marathon ride like this.

    Start hydrating Thursday. Are you keeping cold sports drink in your truck in a cooler to fill each turn?


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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonioGG View Post
    I carry tape either electrical or duct tape and zip ties. I'll carry a shock pump for a recon ride, or setup, but won't carry it for the big ride day. How about a backup wheel in your truck? Also, does your nutrition include extra electrolytes? With 3 liters of water and only 24-28oz of sports drink, I'd be concerned with loosing too many electrolytes, but I sweat a lot, maybe you don't.
    I'll add Gorilla tape and zip ties to my list; good idea!

    I don't have a backup wheel, though I could use my wife's bike in a pinch.

    Yes, the nutrition includes extra electrolytes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    No need to warm up for a marathon ride like this.

    Start hydrating Thursday. Are you keeping cold sports drink in your truck in a cooler to fill each turn?
    Yep, the beverages in the cooler will include sports drinks.

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    Dragon Slayer Prep

    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Wow! Way to be prepared. I highlighted the items below that I'll have but am only considering two laps.
    A dollar or a cliff bar wrapper make a good boot. Patches. Found out the hard way there's a lot of crap in my tires stans seals. Couldn't seal a hole, thru in a tube and it lasted a mile. Found 3 holes in the tube from old thorns.


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    Is your wife just planning to sit in the parking lot for 15 hours?
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Is your wife just planning to sit in the parking lot for 15 hours?
    Funny you ask that. When I first signed up, she said she wanted to go to support me. Yesterday she asked if I expected her to be there for the whole thing. She'll probably drive her own vehicle there for the start, maybe ride some trail, and then head home.

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    That is a masochistic amount of stuff, but I think I found a few things you missed to be properly prepared:

    • Inflatable raft
    • Signal flares
    • Carbon repair kit
    • Brazing rods
    • Short wave radio
    • Backup antenna for radio


    PS I'm going to a wedding instead of this ride (unless it gets rain delayed) and it's killing me.
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    I'm going to have to figure out what "vavle stems" are before I start packing. (I just noticed my typo!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Is your wife just planning to sit in the parking lot for 15 hours?
    Quote Originally Posted by dburatti View Post
    Funny you ask that. When I first signed up, she said she wanted to go to support me. Yesterday she asked if I expected her to be there for the whole thing. She'll probably drive her own vehicle there for the start, maybe ride some trail, and then head home.

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    My wife is insisting on the same...I'm trying to talk her down. I asked if she was at least going to ride, and she said she didn't want to ride with people "racing" (I know) on the trails. So it seems her sole task would be to have a fresh Camelbak bladder waiting on me on each lap. That seems boring af.
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    The only way to make that kind of support palatable would be for her to actually drive around to the park areas an catch you as you come thru. But still, sounds like a lot of work for what really is not all that needed. Now I *could* maybe see someone taking a car over to Camp Tejas and having it packed up with cache bags from all the riders. THAT could be pretty beneficial. I know when Thad and I stopped at Tejas to refill and then frolic in the water fountain, I considered that this would be the halfway spot for the full 3 laps.

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    If I were to try and convince my wife to attend this event, I'd take a different tack. I'd recommend she grab a fishing pole, a couple of cans of beer, a hammock, and an inner tube and sit down by the lake on the Tejas end and watch us all roll by. After I give her the "I'm done with this shit" signal either 1, 2, or 3 laps in, she can meander back to the car and meet me at Cedar breaks or wherever I happen to pitch up.

    Waiting for me with a water at the car isn't practical with 3 to 4 hour lap times. Talk about boring. The last thing I need when I make it back to Cedar Breaks is "...is your next lap going to be this slow?..." or "...what happened? Did you get a flat?"

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    Fortunately for me my wife will want to be there for the start and the finish. It's highly likely she'll go run errands between the start and my finish, and I'll probably text her before I start my third lap so she can plan accordingly. If anyone's wife wants to ride across the damn to ride some of the singletrack at Overlook Park, she might be up for that. Her fitness and confidence are pretty low now, as she' almost done recovering from an MCL tear.

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    I'm riding this thing with my wife AND Mom and they'll probably be carrying me out on a stretcher lol jk. Maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    I'm riding this thing with my wife AND Mom and they'll probably be carrying me out on a stretcher lol jk. Maybe

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    Well I think she's aiming for 2 laps but yeah she's pretty tough

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    >Carmex (aka chap stick)

    Is this to remind yourself that Carmex is a chapstick, or because those of us who were not marines might not know this?

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