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  1. #1
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    Is this normal or am I not eating enough?

    It seems like every time I do a long endurance type race 50, 60 miles or more there is a period of time after the race (usually lasts a few hours) when I feel like I simply cannot get enough to eat. The intense hunger will set it shortly after the race ends and no matter what I eat or how much I am still craving more and more food. Long after I get physically full I am still craving more food. Just wondering if this happens to everyone or does this mean I am not eating enough during the race and my body is sort of panicking?
    Last edited by catsruletn; 01-28-2014 at 07:04 AM. Reason: edited for typo

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    Happens to me after a long ride too. Couple things -
    I've heard we burn 700+ calories/hour in an endurance race. But most of us can handle consuming 200-300 calories/hour. So you're probably legitimately digging yourself a hole.

    Our bodies naturally react to intense exercise with hunger.

    If you can eat more during a race without getting sick, it probably wouldn't hurt. And, enjoy how awesome that post-race burger is.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    It could be that you are dehydrated. As the body often confuses thirst for hunger. How Body Mistakes Hunger for Thirst | LIVESTRONG.COM

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