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Thread: Food?

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    New question here. Food?

    Quick question for you guys. I am planning on doing an early morning ride this Saturday (7:30) and was wondering what you guys eat before riding that early. I typically do not ride for 2+ hours that early in the morning and just want to get other opinions. I know I will need to eat something since its going to be a somewhat long ride and just wanted some opinions. Thanks in advance.

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    Before I go on early morning rides, I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal about 1.5 hours before the ride. This usually give me about 2.5 hours of fuel. I also take along either 1 or 2 of the following just in case I need more energy:

    1. Energy bar
    2. Powergel
    3. Peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwich (yummy).
    "If God didn't want us to eat animals, He wouldn't have made them out of meat."

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    Bowl of oatmeal, banana and turkey bacon or sausage about 2 hours before the ride. Maybe a blueberry bagel on the way to the trail, but once I'm on the trail, I'm not real big on carrying food, personally. I've bonked, no doubt, but this seems to get be thru. Don't eat too close to starting your ride or you'll only make yourself sick.

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    Bowl of hot oat bran cereal (oatmeal) sprinkled with brown sugar and raisins. Splash it with some soy milk. Yum.

    That is typical early morning ride food. If I plan on being out long enough to spill into lunch, I will bring an apple and an orange. Maybe a granola bar or a piece of bread, bagel, or granola bar.

    When I first started riding I used to pack a ton of food and fill up my 100oz camelback on almost any ride. No matter the length. Alot of the times I wouldn't even drink 20% of the water I brought, and maybe not even touch the food at all.

    It's funny, because now I do many of those same rides without bringing any food, and in lieu of hauling that Camelback around, I just fill up a waterbottle and go with that.

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    Dinner you want protein. B-fast oatmeal with raisins & cinnamon. Drink about 12-14oz Cliff electrolyte. Carry a Camelback 50-100oz water, Cliff Gell & bar just in case.

    http://www.clifbar.com/eat/eat.cfm?location=shot&id=303

    http://www.clifbar.com/eat/eat.cfm?location=shot&id=106

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    Thanks...

    for the responses. It seems like oatmeal 1.5 to 2 hours before hand is the general consensus.

    I do plan on carrying plenty of water and a couple gels with me. I just know I have to eat something before the ride and I'm normally not a big breakfast eater. Thanks for the advice.

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