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    Bowl of oatmeal, banana and hot tea.

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    Nope, makes me ill. I'm usually not that hungry in the morning, but even if I am, a few minutes on the bike and it goes away, and I'm not hungry again until about 20 minutes after I stop riding.

    I get up, get dressed and go.
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    Peanut butter on wheat toast, coffee with two individual flavored "creamers", at about 4:15 AM. Then a 50 minute train ride to let it settle for the five mile ride in.
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    Nope. I'm used to morning exercise on an empty stomach. Running mid-week 14-15 milers gets you totally used to it. Riding 15 miles on an empty stomach doesn't even phase me. I don't even drink during my ride or right after I get to the office.

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    I always do. I'd be so hungry when I got to work if I didn't that I'd probably eat one of my co-workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spivonious View Post
    I always do. I'd be so hungry when I got to work if I didn't that I'd probably eat one of my co-workers.
    How long is your commute? Generally you born about 35-45 calories per mile. Unless you go the distance at a legitimate effort I can't imagine getting too starved on a ride. Plus you have probably close to 1,500 calories worth of glycogen stores and practically infinite amount of fat stores. Just sayin'

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    I always eat either two scrambled eggs or a bagel with peanut butter, followed by a banana and sometimes a granola bar.

    By noon I am starving again and have a massive lunch.

    At 5 PM I eat an apple and energy bar before leaving work, then come home to a massive dinner.

    I eat a lot for a 140 pound dude.

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    I get up and shower, then drink a diet pepsi while I dress and check the cable TV weather station for last minute weather update. Pack panniers, including a bag of homemade granola, and ride.

    6 mile ride to work.

    I'll eat a bunch of the granola once I'm stretched out / cooled down, and at my desk.

    I normally skip lunch and go for a walk instead.

    Then I'll have a little more of the homemade granola and a shot of tea an hour or two before the ride home. Dinner at home.

    Seems to work well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Hairy Legs View Post
    I always eat either two scrambled eggs or a bagel with peanut butter, followed by a banana and sometimes a granola bar.

    By noon I am starving again and have a massive lunch.

    At 5 PM I eat an apple and energy bar before leaving work, then come home to a massive dinner.

    I eat a lot for a 140 pound dude.
    im about 155 but i have the same problem, i think i probably eat in excess of 4k calories a day

    also reminds me of one of my favorite breakfast foods (thanks to Cody Lundin) toasted bagel with peanut butter and honey, mmm.
    ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.

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    Oh yea, I have to eat something in the morning before I ride and in the afternoon before as well, if not I will feel weak, angry, and want to eat everything in site once I get to my destination whether its work that morning or home. There have been a few times I take a detour and stop somewhere just to grab something to snack on, relax, people watch then make that last 2 miles home. Oh yea, my commute is only 6 miles but I ride hard for some weird reason.

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    Do you eat before your ride in?

    Fruit! A couple of bananas, an orange or an apple. And coffee...

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    I set up my breakfast the night before, so I just eat it pretty much right when I get up, then I get ready and bail.

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    I don't eat anything before my morning commute, I just have a large mug of black coffee ( no sugur no milk).
    When I get to work then I drink a large high calorie-high protein smoothie right after my ride.

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    Coffee and 50/50 on food, maybe one egg or something light.
    Life is good O^o

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    I have a bit of stomach/intestinal issues so I am wary about eating before I'm about to go on my 16km commute so I just wait until I'm at work.

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    I hate eating in the morning but force myself when I ride.

    Granola or banana and coffee before.
    Water during and simple snack about half way to work.
    I also eat before the return trip. After my 10 hr work day I have bonked on the way home and it was NO fun.
    30 mile commute each way.

    On my MTB with knobbies this took about 2 hours 15 mins depending on the wind. This year I have a new hybrid so I plan on being a bit quicker. Riding starts in about 2 weeks I hope.

    C'mon spring

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    2 glasses of Water, vitamins, coffee, 10-15 mile ride

    then an egg and sausage burito when I get in the office.

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    Banana and about 1/4 c coffee with 1/4 c milk as soon as the coffee's made and about half an hour before I go. (~6:30am)

    Ride 11mi.

    Eat oatmeal/milk/fruit/walnuts/etc when I get in, and the travel mug full of coffee with just a splash of milk gets consumed over the course of the morning. (~8am)

    I am generally starving within about 20 minutes of getting out of bed, but eating all of breakfast before I leave is a bit sloshy in the stomach, so this is a good compromise. Plus I generally make it to at least 11am before I'm hungry again and at that point I can make it to lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregTR View Post
    How long is your commute? Generally you born about 35-45 calories per mile. Unless you go the distance at a legitimate effort I can't imagine getting too starved on a ride. Plus you have probably close to 1,500 calories worth of glycogen stores and practically infinite amount of fat stores. Just sayin'
    It's about 7 miles with some very hilly spots. I'm also 5'10", 140lbs, so I don't have too much fat stored up.

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    I eat breakfast at a cool little sandwich shop on my way to work. In the nicer weather, I'll sit out front, on the benches. It just makes bike commuting an even more "Geez, life is good" experience. As far as the extra time it takes, I leave extra early when I commute by bike, anyway, so most days, this isn't an issue. And regarding digestion while riding, the sandwich shop is only about a mile from work, so THAT isn't a problem, either. I would think that piling a breakfast sandwich into your belly at the beginning of a longer commute might be an agida-maker.
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    I can't function without food. If you are in a hurry, I can recommend from personal experience the "Nutribullet" (www.nutribullet.com, but I bought mine at Target last Black Friday). If you use it as directed it works as advertised. So, what I do is load up the cup the night before, put the cover on it, and put it in the refrigerator. In the morning, I remove the cover, add the directed amount of water, put on the blade unit, and run it for 30 seconds. Then I drink the result and wash off the cup, cover, and blade unit in soapy water, rinse them, put them in the dish rack, and I am done. If I were so pressed for time that seconds mattered, I could rinse the blade unit in plain water and put the cup and cover in the dishwasher. I haven't actually timed how long this all takes because I have other things that must be done in the morning, but I can't believe my breakfast takes more than a couple minutes. I also carry a second breakfast (packed the night before and staged in the refrigerator) to work, which I eat at my desk while the computers are coming up, email is getting checked, and so on.
    Riding in search of the simple life.

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    I always eat before I begin my 15 mile commute in. Typically, a breakfast sandwich. I would absolutely feel weak if I didn't eat before I rode in.
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    My ride in is about 5.5 mi usually. Not too long. I usually eat at my "desk" after getting to work.

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    I'm not a big fan of pre-ride eating, especially in the morning. However, you can't go wrong - brain glucose levels are most likely lacking. This can be made up by cortisol and glucagon acting on glycolysis pathways in response to riding/work/etc, but it's never a good idea to ride in traffic with the morning fog sitting in the brain.

    If you want something quick, easy, and also with high water content, then mix up a quick nutritional shake before the ride. My 3-month-old has been keeping me up to 1-3am lately, which means I'm too tired to make up a pre-ride meal, so I mix up some non-fractionated, fortified soy protein with a shot of green superfood powder (enzymes, baby!). I've also been grabbing a piece of fruit on the way out the door, for when I arrive on campus. Can't go wrong there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregTR View Post
    How long is your commute? Generally you born about 35-45 calories per mile. Unless you go the distance at a legitimate effort I can't imagine getting too starved on a ride. Plus you have probably close to 1,500 calories worth of glycogen stores and practically infinite amount of fat stores. Just sayin'
    This is physiologically incorrect, just sayin'. The hormone pathways that control feelings of hunger are not based primarily on glycogen stores - not really sure what the unlimited fat store comment is based on? Adipostat theory? - they are largely controlled by your eating habits, which are learned by the higher brain centers that control nearly all other hormone pathways in a top-down fashion. Besides, exercise - even just at a moderate level - lowers blood glucose levels through ATP-driven glucose transport into muscle cells; regardless of how high your glycogen stores are, there is always a blood-glucose deficit because the glycolysis pathways are not activated until the body senses that the blood levels are low, at which point the production of glucose from stores has a delay, and continues after exercise ceases.

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