I ride for a while...take a short nap, ride some more....nap.....(leave your helmet on and it will act like a pillow, but you might wake yourself up snoring)
As a new found member of the sleep apnea club, when I hear that someone is tired during the day, performing below par(pun intended), snoring & some of the other stuff mentioned above-you need to get a sleep test. I'm also in the camp that "if they test you" , you will have it. I'm beginning to wonder who doesn't have it!
IMO, to compare golf & riding is the basically the same as they are both somewhat self destructive activities.
On a serious note I was one of those that wakes up feeling great & never a fatigue problem- but I really have it!
One thing for certain, fatigue on a bike is very real and should not be taken lightly. I have twice proven it is possible to fall completely asleep at the handlebar. Brief though it was, I was "alseep at the bar", having nothing to do with liquor. Luckily, in both cases I awoke before disaster struck.
If you are fatigued and tired, don't push it. Don't ride.
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i would always carry my Camelbak with me, but only drank from it when i stopped. For the past 2 years or so I have taken to wearing it, and drinking from it about every 10-15 minutes. I find that i stay much more refreshed and alert throughout a full riding day by doing so. And, it forces more frequent stops along the way. having to pee really forces wakefulness!
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I drink a lot of espresso regardless. Long riding days don't adversely affect me at all, if I have the right clothing in cold weather, and if I am dressed light enough in hot weather. I posted somewhere else about roughly 11 hours with no more than a 30 minute lunch break and two 10 minute fuel/pit stops, and I felt like a million bucks that night and the next morning.
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Bikerfish nailed the right advice for avoiding dehydration.
If riding in the west, and especially in hot weather, -- my opinion, for what it's worth -- is that you CANNOT stay properly hydrated by drinking only at gas stops. And, many times these western roads have few-and-far-between gas stops, anyway. Try crossing the Mojave in summer heat without a Camelbak, and you might not make it.
When we get dehydrated, the first thing to go is the "judgment/reaction" part of the old walnut. . .not the best thing to lose when on two wheels.
AGE is a huge factor in both fatigue and recovery time. An older person can be in great physical shape, do everything "right" - good sleep, etc., and might still feel tired the day after fatiguing activity -- (that would be some hours of concentrated riding, versus a round of cow-pasture pool.)
Learning to pace oneself as we age is part of the deal, and trying to conform to another's regimen may not be a good idea. I intend to keep riding until they pry my cold, dead fingers from the bars, face set in a final smile.
I did 108 miles on mountain canyon roads today...two days after doing the same ride. I felt no fatigue at all. But...I attribute this to water, good diet and (this is huge, since I can vouch for the difference in not wearing them) good earplugs. Holy cow...I cannot believe how much better my rides have been since I cut the noise. In fact, I have NO IDEA how I did this ride without them.
Last summer I rode straight through from Vancouver BC to Las Vegas Nevada, a total distance of a little over 1300 miles. It took just about 20 hours. I drank a lot of water, ate several power bars and took 4 or 5 naps of 20-30 minutes in grassy areas at rest stops. I intentionally did not eat any large meals since I am aware that a meal can tend to make me sleepy. Even with these precautions that I considered reasonable, when after covering about 1,000 miles I pulled into Ely Nevada for my last gas stop, I forgot to put my feet down when I pulled up and stopped at the gas pump. Fortunately, I prevented the tip over, but it was close. I made it on into Las Vegas without incident. However, there is no question that I was not ridding safely for the last 400 miles or so and I will never attempt such a ride again.
I think a certain level of fitness is important for distance riding. Heat, wind buffeting, vibration, continually concentrating, it takes it out of you.
Core fitness will help prevent back issues.
Also, as we age, we lose muscle mass (Sarcopenia), and anaerobic workouts can reduce the loss.
"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
I rode a cruiser for 3 years and never had any problems. Then I bought a K1200rs and a few months after that a new pair of size Large Dainese gloves. Shortly thereafter I began to experience my hands falling asleep / going numb. I don't know if it is the gloves or the riding position of the bike. Gloves are size large and I don't have XL hands.
Maybe the gloves have shrunk over time? I live in CA and they have probably absorbed a lot of sweat. They are pretty tight. I can't recall if they were looser when I first purchased them.
I believe the prior owner of the K1200 added risers. I have the old mounts and the ones on the bike look to be taller and adjusted up all the way.
Anyone else have this happen to them?