So, it seems to be a given that you load up on carbs the night, or day before a big ride/race/etc.
If I understand correctly, the Carbs are converted to glucosen (sp?) which is stored in the muscles and burned through as you exert yourself. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare for a high intensity event by loading up on the carbs to ensure that you have enough energy available.
How does fat factor into this ? If you are overweight, do you still need to carbo-load ? Will the fat be burned at a rate sufficient enough to provide energy for a high intensity event ?
Just curious, I am pretty overweight, but I am pretty sure I have bonked before (suddenly felt like I could not climb an ant hill), and it seems odd, I always thought I had a ready storage of energy available
I have never felt short on energy when I have a Powerbar or pasta the night or morning before a ride however, but that may be coincidence.