5 Essentials You Need To Prepare For JMFR

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The Janamanjung Fellowship Ride 2018 will return to test your endurance in less than one day!

Riders of this 11th edition of JMFR will pedal a distance of 147km. They will pass through TNB’s Sultan Azlan Shah Power Power Station in Manjung, Perak and the surrounding areas of Seri Manjung, Pasir Salak, and Ayer Tawar.

To the repeat participants, it should be another rewarding and significant experience for you in this long-awaited event. However, the first-time riders register for JMFR in hopes of pedaling all 100 miles, there are several things you will need to accomplish before you go, including making sure to pack everything you need to make your first big ride a success.

It is time to start preparing for that grueling yet gratifying 100-mile bike ride.

Now, as we approach closer to the date, it is time to start preparing for that gruelling yet gratifying 100-mile bike ride. Here are 5 essentials that you need to get ready for JMFR.

1. Tune up your bike.

The standard pre-ride check involves checking the brakes. Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and then apply the brakes to ensure they stop the bike smoothly. Inflate your tires to appropriate psi, at the same time looking for cracks or excessive wear on your tires. Then check your pedals and crank arms for effortless rotation and that your quick-releases and main components are tight.

Check the angle and height of handlebars to make sure they’re secure. Squeeze your front and rear brake levers to make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly. For riders who use a bike computer or heart rate strap, make sure everything is working and charged before heading out.

2. Pack your fuel.

First of all, a well-balanced breakfast is extremely vital before embarking on your ride. Next, proper hydration during a ride is absolutely important, especially in hot weather. So, adequate fluid is a must! For instance, electrolyte drinks to keep you hydrated. Not to forget about energy bars, gels, foods or whatever works for you! Your body needs more carbohydrates to replenish your lost glycogen levels after a long ride.

Finishing a long ride, your body will still be burning energy at an accelerated rate for some time. Therefore, a post-ride recovery snack or two to help you recover faster.

3. Bring your personal gears.

Wear a clothing that wicks moisture that will keep you dry and comfortable. For a long ride, wear padded gloves to reduce pressure and absorb shock which can cause numb or tingling fingers. Bike bibs or shorts with a padded lining eliminate seams and make cycling more comfortable.

Other essential gears include helmet, cycling shoes, socks, sunglasses, and sunscreen products to avoid getting a sunburn. For riders who are wearing shorts, it is recommended to apply Chamois cream to prevent chafing and saddle sores between your skin and your shorts. Stow a muscle spray in your pocket for easy applicaiton of muscle pain and discomfort.

4. Check the weather broadcast.

Your riding conditions and clothing options mainly depend on the weather conditions. Check the weather forecast to know the possible range of weather on your route, in order to ensure you are well prepared for your journey.

If there is a chance of rain in the forecast, you will want to prepare a packable rain-jacket to adapt to your ride. A rain-jacket provides just enough coverage and is lightweight enough to be stashed in the pocket of your cycling jersey. However, if the weather is going to be warm, an arm warmer will be a great option for quick changes in sun exposure while riding.

5. Train your physical and mental strengths.

Knowing that you’re about to push your body’s limits is reasonable cause for anxiety at any level, what more a long distance ride. A longer ride may increase your lung capacity and your leg strength, but you just have to make the most out of all the work you have put in.

Visualization of your riding day arsenal so you can toe the line feeling confident in both your physical and mental strength. The most effective way to use visualization is to help you be prepared for anything on riding day.

Expect the unexpected. By visualizing the possible scenarios over and over across the training plan, you’ll have a specific plan in place and instead of panicking, you’ll be calm, cool, and collected.

Recollect how hard you have trained, how far you have come, and having this golden opportunity to discover how good you can be. Eventually, you will make it through.

All the best in JMFR!

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