Continue Shopping

$0.00
SUBTOTAL

0 ITEMS
  • KLIM NEWS.

  • KLIM NEWS.

Energy Management
By Ned Suesse

I sometimes joke that I am the least fit person ever to finish Dakar. That's almost certainly false, but I am not a natural athlete by any measure, and I have learned a few techniques over the years that help me manage energy when on long rides.

The first and most important principle is learning to read your body and understand what's left in the tank. As we get more tired, our strength and response time worsen, and we tend to ride less well, leading us to use more energy, and get even more tired. I call this the death spiral, and it is absolutely critical to avoid it. Once in the death spiral, it's hard to climb out, and it's a place where injury happens and bad decisions get made.

When you sense your energy flagging, find a comfortable place to eat and drink. For me, I will lose track of my condition with the adrenaline of a tough section, and I'll realize I'm tired on an easy one- which is perfect, because it gives me a chance to take a break and get moving again when I can actually get somewhere.

Even 1 mph will get you through a tough section much faster than 0mph will. Hard sections will never end if you are not moving, so keep your helmet on and make slow, yet steady progress toward the goal. It will not get easier if you are not moving! There's no better way to prolong a miserable section than stopping in it!

Don't stop in places that are not restful. If you're hot, and you stop in the sun, you're only going to get hotter without air moving by. Keep going slow and steady until you can rest in the shade. There's nothing worse
you can do for yourself than overheat.

Nutrition is key, and it's personal. The things that work for one person, won't for another. But, general rules are to avoid simple sugars that will give a quick flash of energy (but an even deeper lull after) and make sure you get some protein in the morning. Electrolyte balance is critical, especially where you're sweating a lot, and drinks like Gatorade aren't great for replenishing them. Look into some of the tablet and pill form electrolytes, which will really help your muscles work at their best deep into a ride. And finally, bring lots of food and water. I often eat 3-4 times in a ride, and it really helps me keep focus and performance.

Always let the bike do the work. Don't lift or push unless it is absolutely necessary (and it almost never is!). The energy contained in even a cupful of gas is more calories than you have eaten today. Practice being very easy on the clutch, and you'll be amazed at where the rear wheel will push the bike. Spinning the tire is never the answer.

No matter how fast or slow you are, the last few percent of your speed use vastly more energy (and entail more risk) than the first 95%. On long rides, going slow isn't the answer, but neither is going fast. Find your comfort zone and live in it. If you have moments where you tense up or feel scared, you're going too fast. But the same can be true of going too slow- boredom leads to a loss of focus and stupid mistakes, and the bike doesn't work like it should. There's a happy medium where the suspension is working but you're not over-riding, and that should be your goal.

ARCHIVES

December 2014
Ian Blythe Wins Tough Enduro Ian BlythePhotos courtesy of Dirt FocusFor 2014 the Los Ancianos club decided to put on the Tecate enduro once again. The last one was in 20... 12/16/2014 Bunke Racing Readies for the 2014-2015 Race Season Moorhead, Minn. (December 15, 2014) – With cold temperatures and early snow the lakes froze over and gave the Bunke Racing crew some early t... 12/16/2014 James Johnstad Wins Pro Lite, Ross Martin Back In Podium Form For Immediate ReleaseLake Nebagamon, Wisc. - December 14, 2014 - James Johnstad made the most of a home field advantage, racing to his first... 12/15/2014 Tim Tremblay Back On Podium In Fargo Lincoln Lemieux Charges Up The Charts  Aurora, Minn. (December 15, 2014) Tim Tremblay raced to the second step on the podium at Friday night’s U.S. Air Force National outsid... 12/15/2014 KLIM Racers Cody Webb, Ty Tremaine Start Strong Cody Webb 3rd, Ty Tremaine Wins in PolandRigby, Idaho (December 8th) – KLIM athletes Cody Webb and Ty Tremaine turned a lot of heads during ... 12/8/2014 Inside the KLIM Experience Winner’s trip of a lifetime. TICKET TO RIDE - None of Ryan Walker’s riding buddies believed him when he told them he won the KLIM Experience riding trip of a lifeti... 12/3/2014 Backcountry Discovery Routes Launches Membership Program! Seattle, WA - (November 19, 2014) - Since 2010, the non-profit organization Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has inspired thousands of adv... 12/3/2014 Klim Named Title Sponsor of 2015 King of The Motos Dec. 2nd 2014 – JOHNSON VALLEY, CA: Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that Klim, the manufacturer of rugged motorsports appare... 12/3/2014 Tim Trembly Wins Second Straight Dominator Race, Lincoln Lemieux Earns First Pro Open Podium Aurora, Minn. (December 1, 2014) Tim Tremblay raced to his second straight AMSOIL Dominator win, claiming the $10,000 check and the prestigi... 12/3/2014 KLIM Signs Cody Webb and RPM Racing Team EnduroCross Champion and KTM Factory Support Team Racing In KLIMRigby, Idaho (December 1st) – KLIM announced today the official signing of 2... 12/1/2014
November 2014
KLIM's Scott Bright Wins BAJA RALLY 2.0 After four days of rally stages and roughing it on the Baja CA peninsula, KLIM's Scott Bright and Team Pan Am Rally stood atop the podium of... 11/25/2014 Mitch Carvolth Makes It Two In a Row At Round 2, The Rockin' GP III Round 2 of the 2014-2015 AMRA Motocity Off Road Championship Series, The Rockin' GP III, drew record numbers this past weekend for a stand a... 11/21/2014 Starvation Ridge 24-Hour Race Report Pirate Riders RacingStarvation Ridge 24-Hour Race ReportGoldendale, Washington October 25 & 26 2014... 11/18/2014 Get to Know KLIM Athlete Ross Martin Rider Name: Ross MartinAge: 29Hometown: Burlington, WIYears riding: I have been riding snowmobiles since I was 10 years old and started raci... 11/5/2014 Yorba Wins Big 6 Pro Championship MEDFORD, Ore (November 03, 2014) Round 7 of the AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series took place this weekend in Gorman, CA, under cold an... 11/4/2014