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    For all you early morning riders..

    free time after work sometimes seems impossible. so i try and get up early, on mornings i can, to ride a quick 20-25. my biggest problem is, finding a breakfast thats quick to eat, and doesnt stick around on my stomach for the ride. i love oatmeal but it seems like i just feel blagh even upto 30 minutes after eating it, which makes the start of my ride a little uncomfortable. i don't really care to much for cereal, and i don't really want to cook a big breakfast. what is an easy meal i can eat for breakfast that gives me enough go for the ride, yet doesn't take an hour to digest? im thinkin of makin a whey/fruit shake tommorow a.m. and try that, but those get old, and loud(blender) at 5am, i seem to wake up the house.

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    Do it the night before?

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    I eat cherios and a glass of Orange Juice. One of the few thing I found I can eat in the morning. Before that I just had some coffee and was on my way.
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    I do not eat breakfast before the morning rides on workdays. After my ride, I would eat and its always a smoothie. Instead of whey, I use ground faxseed with oranges, banana, and acai with ice. So if you get up at 5 am and maybe come back home around 6:30, then maybe you won't wake everyone up with the blender.

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    If i do early morning rides Im afriad ill run into spider webs

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    If i do early morning rides Im afriad ill run into spider webs

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    eat smaller amounts. i too have problems with oatmeal, but only if i eat a full serving of it. try reducing it to half and add a banana if you're still hungry. also, clif bars or other energy bars are as quick as it gets. the trick is finding something that works for you, because the stomach can be a sensitive thing at 5:00am. for a 20-25 mile ride you don't need a whole lot of food. definitely eat when you get back though.

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    I try to eat well the night before, but I don't usually eat much at all before a morning ride -- maybe just a banana. If it's a longer ride (> 25 miles), I'll bring some snacks. Then chow down after the ride.

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    I have good luck with meal replacement drinks, particualrly those suited to good glucose management.
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    I had the same problem. I have had a yogurt drink before long rides, and that worked quite well. Now that my food allergies have gotten a bit worse, I drink half of a Bolthouse Farms fruit smootie and it works better than the yogurt. I make sure I have my oatmeal after I ride.
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    I eat half CLIF bar 15 minutes before the ride, and gulp it down with 8-12 oz water. Then I am good to go for a ride. When I come back I have my regular oatmeal breakfast. Although, I always have this dilemma whether I should eat this breakfast before taking shower or after. Should you have recovery food immediately after the ride, or it can wait half an hour?
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    Try yogurt and cereal (preferably granola). It gives me lots of energy and never causes me any problems (surprising considering i'm mildy lactose intolerant - milk and cereal kills my stomach).

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    If I do an early morning ride it's usually a 2 hour 6-8 before work affair. For those I eat two or three pieces of toast with peanut butter and jam, an orange and a banana, and a big mug of Go Juice aka coffee. Other than the coffee sloshing in there for the first 20minutes I have no problems. I think the key is sticking close to your regular breakfast, just adding a bit more to cover the energy you will expend during the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crypticlineage
    I eat half CLIF bar 15 minutes before the ride, and gulp it down with 8-12 oz water. Then I am good to go for a ride. When I come back I have my regular oatmeal breakfast. Although, I always have this dilemma whether I should eat this breakfast before taking shower or after. Should you have recovery food immediately after the ride, or it can wait half an hour?
    I do a full clif bar half an hour before the ride, and a glass of accelerade. Having the sports drink makes a big difference for me - otherwise I have to wait for the clif bar to get digested.

    If it's a long ride (more than a couple of hours or so), I'll drink a serving of Endurox before I hit the shower. If you are hungry, you need to get the recovery food *right away*, or your body is going to get the glycogen from your muscles. If you used a hydration drink and you aren't really hungry, you may be able to put it off, but in my book, earlier is better.

    You can mix the recovery drink in a water bottle and take it into the shower with you...
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    Egg Beaters, Coffee and a piece of fruit.

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    Avoid dairy/milk right before a workout, especially if it is a hard ride.

    Count your calories throughout the day, not before your ride. Consuming 2000 calories a day is consuming 2000 calories a day, whether or not you work out before or after consuming some of them, so avoid eating nothing before a ride. At the very least, eat a banana.

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    Or a monster energy

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickf829
    free time after work sometimes seems impossible. so i try and get up early, on mornings i can, to ride a quick 20-25. my biggest problem is, finding a breakfast thats quick to eat, and doesnt stick around on my stomach for the ride. i love oatmeal but it seems like i just feel blagh even upto 30 minutes after eating it, which makes the start of my ride a little uncomfortable. i don't really care to much for cereal, and i don't really want to cook a big breakfast. what is an easy meal i can eat for breakfast that gives me enough go for the ride, yet doesn't take an hour to digest? im thinkin of makin a whey/fruit shake tommorow a.m. and try that, but those get old, and loud(blender) at 5am, i seem to wake up the house.

    any suggestions?

    nick
    I am also an early morning rider. If I get up a little earlier to prepare, I also eat ľ cup of oatmeal and then drink a glass of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    If i do early morning rides Im afriad ill run into spider webs
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    on the road?
    Big spiders.

    On the original topic, a plain bagel and a glass of milk gets me going. I usually follow up with a bag of trail mix (seeds, nuts, raisins only) just before hitting the road.
    You are what you eat... and I eat a lot of fruit and nuts.

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