I planned on doing a club 50 miler on Saturday, which would have been my longest and hardest club ride to date. In anticipation, on Thursday and Friday I ate, in good conscience, everything in sight for the purpose of generating huge amounts of soon-to-be-needed glycogen.
Then on Friday night my wife informed me that because of scheduling requirements on her part (which never panned out) I would have limited riding time on Saturday. I only got to ride 20 miles, and leisurely ones at that. This resulted in me having about 12 times more glycogen then I could possibly have used Saturday morning. In other words, the two days before I had very simply just pigged out.
This led to much philosophical pondering over the weekend:
1) If your intentions were good, is carbohydrate loading in the name of cycling still pigging out?
2) How far do you have to ride in order for pigging out to qualify for carbohydrate loading?
3) Is pigging out/carbohydrate loading a quantum phenomenon, which in one universe it's pigging out and in another it's carbohydrate loading?
4) And if the answer to the above is yes, then isn't it true that the line between pigging out and carbohydrate loading is probabilist only, rather than absolute?
I'll check back with you in a bit. I'm getting hungry so I'm driving up to Arbys.