I was reading the accidental century thread and started thinking... is "clyde nutrition" different from skinny person nutrition for these longer rides? I read a lengthy brochure yesterday published by Hammer (guess what the purpose was). I'm not really in the mood to buy 4 different kinds of powders, crates of gels etc. to get through a ride... but a couple things they kept on about made sense... you need to hydrate but not OVER hydrate, you need to replace some of the electrolytes you lose but not all, and you need to replace some of the calories you eat but not all because your body can't assimilate it as fast as you can use it on a long ride. They also said Carb loading is a myth because your muscles can only hold about an hour and a half's worth of glycogen at a time anyway.
So if I'm going for a < 2hr ride, I don't really care, water is all I need... more than two hours and I might throw a couple bananas in my jersey. More than 4 hours though and I'm not sure what to do... I used to take a little Gatorade, but I have to water it down because I'd get an upset stomach if I drank it straight. Too much sugar. Another thing I have no clue about is recovery nutrition, been reading a lot about that as well.
Any thoughts or pointers? I'm steadily ramping up my mileage after about 8 years off the bike... this weekend's ride is about 35 miles and I'll keep going up 5-10 miles per weekend until I can actually climb hills or my pedals fall off. Or i accidentally ride a century.