what kind of food do you guys eat before a ride?
what kind of food do you guys eat before a ride?
I am tired of eating nuts, berry bars. it doesn't have enough energy for me.
I become exhausted, and tired after a ride due to hunger
Re: what kind of food do you guys eat before a ride?
Eat well regularly, make sure your diet is balanced.
One of the things I like to eat is a foot long Club from subway loaded with spiniach, lettuce, tomatos, green peppers. onions, jalopeņos, and brown mustard.
While out I may rely on Naked Protein smoothies, or muscle milk (not recommended but sometimes it does the trick).
Make sure u intake energy every 45min.
When I did my Indy tour on my 29er that was 57 miles I had a huge breakfast, a veggie burger at lunch, beer, coffee...then 15 mikes later more beer... I was ripped full of energy that ride!!
The weird thing is that the day before my energy was abysmal with crap handling and decision making which led to a crash. I think I simply didn't have enough caloric intake.
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what about McDonald milkshake? I hope it has enough calories for a ride.
Personally I'd never take in a bunch of dairy prior to working out/riding. Recipe for ...YMMV
And that's kinda relying on sugar...which isn't best.
from the McD's website:
Originally Posted by Picard
850 Calories, 19g Protein, 23g Fat, 141g Carbs, 380mg Sodium
Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols, Nitrous Oxide, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Caramel Color, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Artificial Flavor (Vanillin), Red 40, cherries, water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfur Dioxide.
Sounds more like a chemistry experiment than food to me. If the food we eat is the fuel we use, then I'm pretty sure this is the equivalent of pissing in your gas tank.
And 121g of sugar!
Originally Posted by AirKuhl
That milkshake would negate your entire ride!
Those little sugar packets you see on the table in diners have about 3 grams of sugar in them, so this means the shake has about 40 sugar packets in it.
If I'm going to be gone riding a while I always pack a few non-alcoholic beers. When the fatigue kick in I'll stop for 5-10 min and drink one. Carbs and calories plus it's cold and tasty.
For morning rides I'll fry 2 eggs in olive oil, add a slice of toast and a bit of fruit (blueberries, dried figs or a banana). I like to train with a half+ full stomach so I'm used to it. For a later ride, I'll eat about half what I normally would (half a sandwich, half a chicken breast and some noodles, some salad), and the other half of the meal when I get done with the ride. I also typically ride with cytomax or similar in my bottle.
Race morning I'll eat 3 eggs or so (less if it's an early race) usually in breakfast burrito form (a little ham, cheese in a tortilla), some hashbrowns (also in olive oil, w/ sea salt), and fruit. Figs or dried pineapple, or a cliff bar if I need a snack pre-race. Dried pineapple has a LOT of carbs per oz. Hammer Gels for mid race, the apple cinnamon tastes good warm mid race. After last race my wife had made egg salad sandwiches for me and my race friend, that was great afterwards and sat really well. I was going to eat half prior, but wasn't hungry enough. I also tried a package of Hammer Recoverite afterwards (long hard race) and I felt a lot better than I expected the next day.
I've bonked enough times to know I really hate it, so I try to avoid having an empty stomach while riding hard.
Your whole fueling strategy may be contributing to your feeling tired after the ride. There are a couple of things to think about:
1. Pre-ride: eat a good meal about 2 hours before your ride so that you are replenishing your glycogen stores and have time to digest it. Then, sip your sports drink before the ride top off your glycogen stores. My guess is that you are entering your ride with your glycogen stores already depleted.
2. During ride: maintain a steady intake of calories...try to aim for 250 calories/hour if going longer than 2 hours. You can add up your sports drink + gels + whatever you use to arrive at this number, or just use an all in one fuel. With your
3. Post ride: recover by replenishing your glycogen stores first by continuing to sip your energy drink for about a half hour. THEN, follow with the protein. A lot of folks make the mistake of taking protein right after their ride and this actually can inhibit the absorption of glucose (which is used to replenish your glycogen stores).
Nuts (which are mostly fat) and granola bars probably contain enough calories, but the problem is that they take time and energy to break down into a usable form of energy (glucose).
Hope this helps,
In the morning I usually make a big egg white omelet with avocado, spinach, and cheese. Then I will have a piece of wheat toast with it as well. That keeps me filled for hours so during the ride i just drink a lot of water or sports drink. After the ride i will snack on almonds and walnuts with some crasins.
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