2017 Divide Lessons
· Mountain cough developed first day of riding and progressed into full on bronchitis with severe cough.
· Shermer’s neck developed over first several days into full dropping of neck by day 10.
Shermer’s Neck Notes
· Shermer’s neck a condition where the muscles of your neck have given out and you cannot hold your head up any longer.
· Shermer’s Neck does not affect tourers and pro cyclist who spend all day in the saddle and get adequate rest each day. It only strikes a small percentage of the maniacs who ride without stopping.
· Strengthening neck inconclusive evidence it will actually help prevent in future
Mountain Cough (High Altitude Cough) Notes
· Altitude cough may be due to bronchoconstriction (the narrowing of the airways that commonly occurs in asthma) or infection.
· Cough could be caused by breathing cold dry air on the mountains.
Shermer’s Neck theories
· Aggressive bike setup – rigid
· Not enough rest – 32 hours straight was a mistake
· Mountain cough strained neck
· No stretching during night riding
· Jarring effects of whoopty woo trail sections
· Riding aero to much
2018 Divide Adjustments
· Add light weight front suspension that I’m able to lock-out
· Setup bike with a less aggressive position by adding more height to stem and aero bar setup
· Change gearing by adding more gearing
· Ripped rain pants will need a new pair
· Ripped vapor socks will need to fix or replace
· Look for items to cut to lighten load
· Visit with doctor on ways to prevent mountain cough
· Rehab/Strengthen neck muscles
· Sleep management - sleep more during race
· Stretch head more especially during night riding