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    Do you eat before your ride in?

    On one hand, I'm tired of feeling weak on my ride in. On the other hand, I value my sleep dearly.


    I'm thinking of breaking down and getting up ten minutes earlier* to shovel something in my face in the mornings.



    *What this really means is that I'll probably get up at the same time and just get to work ten minutes later.

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    I do. Usually a breakfast sandwich from the micro along with a V8 Fusion and a Banana. My commute is just under 9mi each way.

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    I always eat before I ride in to work. Pretty much directly before actually. I'm only about 8 miles though which does make a difference. And if I take the hills hard I can usually taste what I've eaten.

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    I don't. (10.5mi each way.)

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    I rarely eat, just because I usually can't eat anything for at least an hour after I wake up. But I sometimes do feel weak, even after 8 miles. I just keep some stuff in my desk for when I get there (protein powder, peanut butter, juice, etc.) I wish I could eat beforehand, but it usually makes me feel sick.

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    I always eat before my morning commute. My commute is about 15 miles/ 1 hour of riding, and I would be exhausted trying to ride that far on an empty stomach. I'm also very hungry when I get up, so it's worth getting up early enough to eat for me.

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    Toast with peanut butter and a couple of glasses of water. I find the hydration to be at least as important as the nutrition.

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    I don't, partly because my commuting starts pretty early at 5:30. The ride is 13mi each way. I like to arrive early at work and then eat, that way I'm not hungry again until lunch.
    what is this 'road tax' you speak of?

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    I used to eat my breakfast at work, but I got tired of carrying extra food with me. My lunch box isn't very big and really only holds enough for my lunch. So I started eating at home before I ride. It took some getting used to. Having food in my stomach made me feel short of breath and made me feel like I was working harder. After a few weeks I got used to it. Now I don't think twice about it. Shove some grub down my gullet and off I go.

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    Usually a bowl of cereal - 12 miles in.

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    No, but I don't ride hard in the mornings.

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    always, i give myself an hour to wake up and get ready and eat food before i have to leave the house

    im typically starving from the second i wake up, especially if i ate late the night before (unexplainable)
    ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.

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    In the winter before the ride. I choke down oatmeal with walnuts and dried fruit, something about riding in the cold seems to warrant that.

    Once it warms up i just ride, and usually eat a clif bar at my desk with a cup of coffee.

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    I'm a grouch if I don't get breakfast. Usually I just have some toast and juice... fast and easy.

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    I used to not eat but now I am at the gym every morning before work and like to have a healthy breakfast when I get back. I recommend getting up earlier.

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    No, I eat a granola bar when I get to work, and then a meal two hours later.

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    Couple Eggs for me, holds me over and doesn't make me feel sick.

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    Never, mine is only 2 miles and I rarely take the long way in. oatmeal at 8:30 with a couple of cups of coffee.
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    Yea oatmeal

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    Granola bar and coffee before 11 mile commute
    I'm slow, go around

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    Usually cereal and milk.
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    If I don't eat, my guts will threaten to eat me. I start with half a dose of psyllium fiber in hot water. That stops the acid. Then I eat a small beakfast at some point.
    " If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand which feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countryman " Samuel Adams, 1772

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    2 packs Quaker instant oats with my coffee... Only 7 miles each way but that's all I'll eat until nearly lunch. Lots of water though, after my coffee of course.
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    A bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, blueberries and cinnamon with sugar-free maple syrup. And a glass of OJ to wash it down. breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Didn't your Mom ever tell you that.

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    just a large glass of water about 45min before my 10 miles. light breakfast at my desk.

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