What are some suggestions for doing an Iron Butt Association (IBA) run?
The IBA tips are a great start: http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm
The tips cover the basics pretty well but what would you suggest or have done in the past more specifically? Topics I can think of include pressure on the hands, seat, pegs and joint pressure on the hips, knees, ankles, wrists. I imagine a long hot day drains lots of water stressing essential nutrients requiring consumption while keeping light on the digestive system. Dealing with fluctuating temperatures, night riding, bored senses and sore backs/necks could also be of interest.
If you're fully setup for distance how about planning. When in the season, week, day would you suggest tackling distance. What are some expected sensations before and during the trip or a warmup suggested before a IBA run.
I'm curious about sleep. A typical day is 7am-11pm, 8 hours of sleep, 16 hours awake. An IBA run seems to usually runs 18 hours and starts between 3 and 5am. In an extreme case where some run 24 hours what tips do you have for alert for the long hours and getting a full night of sleep before starting? With a typical start being half a typical night of sleep how does one adjust.
How far do you stretch your fuel capacity when planning stops?