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    What kind of breakfast before a century?

    I'll be doing my only century of the season this Sunday. I've done a couple before, but was wondering what, if any, is the best kind of breakfast to have the morning of the ride. Carbs (i.e. cereal, pancakes)? Protein (eggs & bacon)? Both?

    I do know not to eat too heavy, of course.

    And yes, I know some here will reflexively say pie. But the organizers are promising a "delicious peach dessert", which I suspect will be cobbler, after the ride. It's the annual Peach of a Ride, named for the orchards in the area.

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    Pizza


    That's my answer to all food questions.

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    I eat breakfast every morning except for those days I ride. I stopped eating before a ride and started eating on the bike. Every long event ride this summer was done without breakfast though I might sip a bottle of HEED just before he start or eat a gel. I mostly skip the food at the rest stops too. I carry HEED and Perpetuem powder and gel in a flask. It's worked great. If cold fruit is offered at the stops I might eat a slice but usually not much else. We all have thousands of stored Calories in our bodies. Getting the body to access and use them requires eating the right things at the right time. Use the fat and save the glycogen.

    Hammer Nutrition says that eating breakfast less than 3 hours before a ride is counterproductive. I gave it a try and it has worked well for me. YMMV.

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    I used to eat a lot before a big ride and it didn't work well. Now I just eat what I normally do - a bowl of cereal, maybe an extra cup of yogurt and a banana.

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    IMHO, avoid fatty foods. THey upset my stomach when riding.
    I prefer oatmeal (homemade with steel cut oats, honey, maple syrup and blueberries) Cook it overnight in a crock pot. A cup of coffee. A glass of water.

    I ride near every morning at first light and that breakfast has served me well for long rides and short. Veering from it has sometimes given me issues on a long ride.
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    Hydration is critical so make sure you are really well hydrated. Beyond that, eat light and eat often. And keep drinking!

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    6 Tbsp of oatmeal, 5 prunes, 2 strawberries, 4 apricots, blueberries, rasberries, banana, orange.
    2% milk.
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    200 calories of gel per hour of biking. Cliff bar for lunch. Lots of water and gatorade.
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    Balanced dinner with fish, veggies and wine.
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    I've done eggs and toast, peanut butter and jam sammiches, oatmeal and raisins and maple syrup and milk, not all at once, of course. None are any more effective than the other. It's what you eat the week before that makes the difference. The oatmeal doesn't last as long as the eggs and toast; the PB&J is a tad sweet for me at such an early hour (and redundant, if the ride offers them at the SAG stops). My default is oatmeal.

    I agree with the "stay hydrated" posts. And what Will said re calories/hour.

    Have fun -- don't stress about breakfast too much. You'll have plenty of food.
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    Oatmeal.
    Lots of coffee.
    Start early with the energy drinks.
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    I have found that the night before is just as important. Good Carbo-hydrate meal the night before and for me that means pasta and lots of it. I also water load the day before.

    Then the morning of the ride- Porridge- or if I can manage it a couple of hours before then a full English.
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    I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal with skim milk. and a cup of blueberries. I actually try to control my hydration before a ride, really more so than the food.

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    In an hour I'm leaving for an 80 miler. I'm having a bowl-full of granola and two cups of coffee. I plan on nippling at all the SAGs on the way. I'll let you know how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
    In an hour I'm leaving for an 80 miler. I'm having a bowl-full of granola and two cups of coffee.
    I hope you aren't wearing bibs.
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    2 banana's, bowl of oatmeal w/ pecans and raisins (heavy), glass of OJ, high quality bagel w/ creme cheese and 2 plums.
    Works for me for a 83 miler.

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    Eat whatever you normally do and avoid over eating before the ride. Excess calories before the ride won't help a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
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    Eat whatever you normally do and avoid over eating before the ride. Excess calories before the ride won't help a bit.
    Yep. I have the same breakfast as every other day.

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    As usual

    oatmeal, skim milk, fruit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    As usual

    oatmeal, skim milk, fruit.
    Maybe there are individual differences of preference and metabolism, but ( as in most things) I think Mr Fox's advice is sound. Slow burn carbohydrates and minimum fat - even the skiniest of us have plenty of that, and it's no fun to run out of carbs and have to start burning residual fat for food (marathon runners' "hitting the wall")

    As an insulin dependent diabetic I have another calculation, so I significantly reduce both slow acting insulin the night before and fast acting before and during the event. For non-diabetics, insulin pops out of the pancreas in response to fast release carbohydrate - so my advice would be to stay well away from jams, sugars, fruit juices, sports drinks, gatorade

    Enjoy your ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
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    Depends on how intense you want to ride. Some riders have certain goals. Some just want to have fun and finish. Some want to break 6 hours. Some want to go for 5 hours. The less intense, the less the issue of breakfast.

    Breakfast isn't going to make or break the deal for the less intense ride. Just don't stuff yourself and figure on depending on hydration and nutrition during the ride and the rest stops.

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    Oatmeal two hours before the ride. Hydrate an hour before. Don't forget to eat and drink during the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I hope you aren't wearing bibs.
    I wore bibs and it wasn't a problem.

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    My everday breakfast is a piece of high-fiber toast drizzled with olive oil and topped with a few slices of turkey deli meat. One cup of coffee to wash it down. Sticks with me quite a while.

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    The best century I ever did, I made sure the night before dinner was solid. Had a rib-eye steak with all the trimmings, two beers for folic acid. Dessert and all.

    The next morning, got up 2.5 hours early, Bakery Style Bagel w/Cream Cheese, best load ever. I had only 2 power bars and water for the first 60 miles. My wife met me on the side of the road w/2 more power bars and water at 60. I finally stopped at 90 for some gatorade, a banana and a peanut butter/jelly sandwich. 104 miles, 24.9 mph. I was 42, wayyyyyyyyy over my head and just didn't want to get dropped.
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