After reading some comments to a thread I recently posted, it would seem that I'm a bit of a pig when it comes to eating during rides.
Example: For our usual 57-mile loop, I consume (not counting water) 6 gels, 1 Powerbar (or granola bar) and 1 32oz bottle of Cytomax. Depending on the pace, I can sometimes subtract 1 gel, but any more than that and I risk losing energy.
- It doesn't seem to matter what I eat the day/night before the ride.
- It doesn't seem to matter what I eat for breakfast the day of the ride (although too big of a breakfast will make me feel like barfing).
- I don't have an unusually low percentage of body fat
- I'm way too fat to have a tapeworm.
If I plan for around 1 gel per 10 miles of riding, I usually come out ok. My general feeling is that that's a lot of food. Is it because I'm heavy (190-195) and have a lot of weight to push up hills? Is it due to the topography of my area (deep rolling hills)? How much does everyone else eat?