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    Long Distance and Food

    Looking at participating in a century this fall and started my weekly training but have some concerns about food intake and what types of food. Having read the forums I see where drinking water throughout the ride is extremely important and I got that figured out but the food intake is what is troubling me. Many of the forums stated to eat 200 or so calories per hour to maintain the energy and that is good but what do you eat.

    What would be a good sample breakfast to have 2 hours before the ride and what should be eaten during the ride itself. Looking for ideas on what has and hasn't worked for members in the past.

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    Does you event have rest stops with food? If so, you should be able to find enough to stay fueled. If this is an unsupported event, carry some food and plan on retail stops if available.
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    My 100 mile breakfast. I carry a couple of peanut-butter and jam sandwiches.

    Drinks some water with Gatorade added to the bottles.

    If you need energy for the last 20 miles, drink a canned Cola, Coke or Pepsi.
    The sugar and caffeine boost is something you will feel.

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    I'm looking at unsupported and would like some ideas on what is a good food type to carry or pick up at the local store.
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    normal breakfast like a scrambled egg sandwich. then just before the ride have a banana. a good first snack might be a small box of raisins. somewhere along the way see if you can carry a PB&J sandwich cuts into 1/4s and eat one 1/4 every 15 minutes or so. that's the best I can do for ya. I'm sure others will contribute - it's a popular question.

    I often bring packaged peanut butter crackers on my rides
    it would be good if you could snag a turkey sandwich along the ride and eat 1/2 of it and the other 1/2 later on.
    a nice treat can be a container of cold muscle milk
    for a 100 mile ride you can eat anything you like really but you should balance protein easily digestible, carbs simple and complex

    a common suggestion is also that you don't experiment too wildly with food, meaning stick with foods you know you can tolerate. you don't want to have an upset or sour tummy during an athletic event.
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    Wheels - Looks like some fried eggs, re-fried beans with PBJ on toast. What is the item on the left?

    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    My 100 mile breakfast. I carry a couple of peanut-butter and jam sandwiches.

    Drinks some water with Gatorade added to the bottles.

    If you need energy for the last 20 miles, drink a canned Cola, Coke or Pepsi.
    The sugar and caffeine boost is something you will feel.

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    I like the idea of the PB&J sandwich cuts into 1/4s. Guess these could be carried in a jersey pocket.

    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    normal breakfast like a scrambled egg sandwich. then just before the ride have a banana. a goof first snack might be a small box of raisins. somewhere along the way see if you can carry a PB&J sandwich cuts into 1/4s and eat one 1/4 every 15 minutes or so. that's the best I can do for ya. I'm sure others will contribute - it's a popular question.

    a common suggestion is also that you don't experiment too wildly with food, meaning stick with foods you know you can tolerate. you don't want to have an upset or sour tummy during an athletic event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdphoto View Post
    I like the idea of the PB&J sandwich cuts into 1/4s. Guess these could be carried in a jersey pocket.
    If it is real Hot they might get soggy. I carry them my day panniers ortrunk rack bag. Same with bananas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdphoto View Post
    I'm looking at unsupported and would like some ideas on what is a good food type to carry or pick up at the local store.
    I carry fresh and dried fruit, including bananas & dates. I'll add nuts including almonds and peanuts. These foods are easy to carry and can be consumed on the bike easily. I'll also use Hammer Sustained Energy mixed with water. I'll add a package to water at the stops. It's an easy to carry and digest and it provides needed calories.

    Starting the day with a solid breakfast is important.
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    I'll have to head down to the LBS and pick up a bag to connect to the seat post. Good idea, wish I had thought of it.
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    If it is real Hot they might get soggy. I carry them my day panniers ortrunk rack bag. Same with bananas.

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    I have experimented with different foods and what works for me is bananas, crunchy granola bars and PBJ's on wheat bread. I drink lots of water but sports drinks do not settle well for me. For hot days, I have sports gel drops for the last fifteen miles. I learned the hard way a couple weeks ago to never try new foods towards the end of the ride. I ate a piece of watermellon and regretted this for miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    My 100 mile breakfast. I carry a couple of peanut-butter and jam sandwiches.

    Drinks some water with Gatorade added to the bottles.

    If you need energy for the last 20 miles, drink a canned Cola, Coke or Pepsi.
    The sugar and caffeine boost is something you will feel.

    What is the yellow stuff on the left?

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    People all do different things. If you take food, take what sounds good to you. If you buy it, just buy what sounds good. I generally find that early in the ride, cookies and sweet stuff like that are just fine, later on, I'm looking for a sandwich, though.
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    Lately I've been eating rice crispie treats with satisfaction, with an occasional salty something. For carrying sturdiness and eatability on bike they are pretty good. Bagels hold up better than sliced bread; a favorite bagel sandwich is with honey, raisins, and just enough peanut butter to hold it together. I'm also a fan of walking in a convenience store and buying whatever looks good, whether donuts or a burger or fig bars or trail mix. I think it's wise to experiment on shorter rides and go with what you know on longer rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    People all do different things. If you take food, take what sounds good to you. If you buy it, just buy what sounds good. I generally find that early in the ride, cookies and sweet stuff like that are just fine, later on, I'm looking for a sandwich, though.
    I must have an iron stomach, on my long rides sweets or sweet flavored anything gets old quick. I eat, tacos, jalapeņos, fried egg rolls, fried chicken, hamburgers, French fries, basically anything they sell at the Stop n Go. I prefer my food to be warm vs cold. What makes me sick on a ride is if I over consume whatever I'm having. I tend to eat too much volume and it upsets my stomach, so I have to make a conscious effort to eat a little here and there instead of all at once.
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