Day 24: What do you eat on long rides?

27 01 2010

Establishing a healthy lifestyle which includes a diet of good nutrition is one of my biggest impediments to becoming more physically fit. That and lack of motivation.

Since I’m still somewhat new to cycling, I’ve not had too many long rides yet and I’m still learning about on-the-bike nutrition. A couple months after buying my bike last summer, I took a 17-mile group ride and a couple 30-mile rides. A couple Builder Bars sustained me on the shorter ride. On the longer rides, a package or two of Gu, in addition to a Builder Bar and two bottles of water seemed to work fine. I’m still getting used to knowing what to eat and when. I now fill one water bottle with water and the other with a sports drink.

Nutrition bars, fruit or even a peanut butter sandwich — what do you eat on long rides? I read yesterday on Bicycling.com that the Italians eat paninis. Do you stop to eat, or eat on the go? How often do you eat? Someday I’ll get the hang of all this stuff.

Today’s starting weight: 151

Food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal.

Lunch:
— Amy’s organic mac & cheese = 410
— Crystal Light iced tea = 10

Dinner:
— BBQ pork sandwich = 480
— Wild rice = 166
— Water = 0

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.

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29 01 2010
rainycamp

I also fill a bottle with water and one with sports drink. On any ride of over 90 minutes, I’ll carry a Lara Bar (like a Clif Bar, but I like the taste better). If I’m going more than two hours, I’ll probably stop at a convenience store and buy something. Believe it or not, Snickers makes a sort of energy bar, with sugar & chocolate. That’s worked well for me.

29 01 2010
cyclingproject365

I’ll have to try the Lara Bars. I like Clif Bars, but they cause tummy problems so I avoid those. But the Builder Bars seem to work well for giving me some energy. I’ve heard lots of people eat Snickers. I can eat my weight in Snickers! Thanks for the tips! Enjoy your weekend.

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