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Old 07-30-09, 10:31 AM   #1
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I will soon assist a touring event that starts at 7am, so that means I gotta get up early. I know that after a meal a person must wait 2 hours at least to digest food, but an article says that is useless wake up too early to have a meal and sacrifice sleep time. So what I do? Is it safe to breakfast one hour before the event? Should I do another thing? A snack and after the event breakfast? Also, the event is short, is just 30 miles aprox. Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-30-09, 10:36 AM   #2
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It ain't like you're going swimming or anything—relax. Digesting your food while you're riding isn't going to hurt anything. You're over-thinking this. I wouldn't give it a second thought.
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Old 07-30-09, 10:44 AM   #3
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I just was about to vomit on that same mileage one day, and just ate poptartz
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Is it an "event" or a race? foamy is correct if it is a ride wher all out effort is not required right from the start. Just eat something that is easy to digest and you know agrees with you.
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What I don't get is "touring" + "event" but I guess that's just me.

But yeah, it's okay to get on the bike with a full tummy. Best way to start the day!
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Old 07-30-09, 12:12 PM   #6
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I'm a light eater before a ride. I will tend to snack while riding. Helps me keep my energy up or at least it feels like it. YMMV
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I tend to avoid really huge meals before riding, but eat immediately before riding when on tour. In fact I eat before, during, and after. I even eat right before fairly fast organized centuries.

For a real hammer-fest I might avoid eating a large meal for an hour before.

I too am confused by what a touring event is. Care to elaborate?
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frank it's 30 miles for god sake ,just have a good breakfast bole of oat's ()couple slices toast good big mug coffee and hit the road,maybe take a pk of jelly beans ,
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