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Old 05-13-05, 09:35 AM   #1
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Women and carbo-loading

Hi Folks - not sure if I should post here or the women's forum, but I'll start here.

I've heard people saying that women process carbs differently than men. Basically, that carbo-loading doesn't work for us, and we need to maintain a steady stream of carbs while we're riding. This was the first I heard about this. Anyone know anything more about this?
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I've never heard that... and the nutritionist who consults with our club is female
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Old 05-13-05, 10:23 AM   #3
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Old 05-13-05, 11:39 AM   #4
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Hi Folks - not sure if I should post here or the women's forum, but I'll start here.

I've heard people saying that women process carbs differently than men. Basically, that carbo-loading doesn't work for us, and we need to maintain a steady stream of carbs while we're riding. This was the first I heard about this. Anyone know anything more about this?
"Carbo-loading" as it's usually meant (pasta dinner before a ride) doesn't work for *anyone*. "Carbo-loading" as scientifically applied through a multi-day process of glycogen depletion and supercompensation *sucks*.

The best theory my student doctor hubby and I could come up with is that women have less muscle mass therefore less muscle glycogen storage. It does seem that I'm more dependent on my hourly refueling than he -- after a Clif bar for us each at the 1.5 hour mark on this weekend's ride, I was grouchy and low-blood-sugary at almost 3 hours while he didn't even bother to eat until we got home. (A Larabar in my tummy and I was golden!) But then, for the same speed I'm working at higher intensity -- he'll be pulling me at a HR of 130 (primarily fat-burning intensity) while my HR is in the 160s (approaching LT and transferring to more carbo-fueled work).
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Women do however typically store less glycogen than men because they do not typically carry as much muscle mass.
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Most effective way for both men and women to carboload is to increase carb intake to around 70% of total energy intake, in conjunction with decrease in training volume during final 5-7days pre-event. Increase intensity and reduce duration to aid speed work and include light active recovery sessions. Former method of carboloading known as supercompensation rarely works (1-2 times per season) and therefore has been ditched by majority of athletes (including marathon runners where this method originated).
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Women do however typically store less glycogen than men because they do not typically carry as much muscle mass.
True, when women do better at ultralong distance events (don't seem to hit the wall as much) it is because women have higher fat mass (because during these ultra long distance events, both men and women have long used up their glycogen reserve) and women can dip into their fat reserve for a longer period of time.

The upshot is when you engage in moderate to strenuous excercise you burn, glucose... when that is used up, glycogen.... and when that is used up, fat. And yeah, men have higher amounts of stored glycogen. However, both women and men benefit from carbo loading as Athletekitch stated. (Now if you were to do a slow, easy walk the order of fuel usage hierarchy would be glucose then straight to fat with very little glycogen reserve used up.)
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I've read a lot, if not most, of the more recent cycle training and nutrition books by the "big" names. I don't train by them, I'm just interested in the technology. While some may mention a woman's issue, none mentioned burning carbs differently.

I have a male friend who does long distance cycling. He's done the 1200 km Paris/Brest/Paris. He looks chubby as he loves to eat. He claims the extra fat helps on those long rides which is consistent with Jungle Lady's comment.

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Thanks folks. I've always noticed a difference in how my BF and I 'fuel' when we're hiking (long-distance). Usually we stop and take breaks at the same time, and I guess I've been hesitant to ask to stop too often (wanna tough it out, you know...) but I've bonked hard on a few hikes long before he's had a problem. It makes a little more sense now.
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Alison is right on. I takes a week to do carbo loading properly. You have to deplete your glycogen stores as completely as possible (very low carbs), then go to the gym a few days before your event, work every muscle you can to exhaustion with high rep low intensity lifting, then massive amounts of carbs every 2 hours or so for 24 hours. Your muscles will soak up glycogen like a sponge. The morning of the event your legs will actually ache a little until you get pedaling because they are swelled from the super loading of stored glycogen. I've done it twice for double century rides (STP) with amazing results. My second 100 miles was faster than the first 100 both times. If you don't do it properly you're wasting your time. If you're still interested, get the full scoop on how to do it in Dr Michael Colgans book "Optimum Sports Nutrition."
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