Pre-ride hypoglycemic meals
I thought I'd post this here rather than in my 50-mile post where it might get lost....
In preparation for our 50-mile ride tomorrow I know I need to eat well and hydrate well today (I usually do anyway, but I'm paying closer attention to that today). One thing of concern for me is carbs eaten the night before. I am prone to a hypoglycemic slump if I eat a lot of white pasta or rice without a significant protein balance; therefore, a huge plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce will cause the energy to just drain from my body and leave me feeling wilted and profoundly sleepy for the rest of the evening. Of course I do have this problem if I eat them during and immediately after a ride as long as I don't eat too much at one time. I do NOT get the shakes or anything like that, except for a cloudy head if I go way too long without eating (4-5 hours is a long time for me). The energy slump is the only thing I'm concerned about. Refined carbs on a long ride are no problem for me.
I'm thinking of making a dinner tonight of lean chicken w/whole whet pasta, chopped vegie salad, and whole wheat bread. I'm wondering if white pasta would be better in this case........
I'm wondering if anyone else here has this dilemma and what has worked (and not worked) for you. I think I will learn a lot from this experience that I can use in future long rides, of which there will be many....
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