Originally Posted by BayBruin
I usually take off pretty early in the morning....about 6:30. I'm not traditionally a morning person so getting up really early is a drag. I've been told in the past that eating before physical activity, without a good gap in between (2 hours) is usually not beneficial because it takes the food a while to digest and be made into energy. Plus if you bike right after eating a meal you are expending energy that your body would normally use for digestion purposes. Sometimes I eat and energy bar but I don't like eating those that much and I would actually prefer a bowl of cereal (Whole Bran) or an egg.
What's the scoop with you folks? Do you eat cereal, pound an energy bar, or just have some water and hop on the bike. Normally lately I do the latter and don't feel too much of an energy shortfall but maybe I'm missing out on my rides by not ingesting more stuff pre-ride.
There are three options for this:
1) Eat nothing - just have some water
2) Eat a little easily-accessible carbohydrate - some sport drink, a few clif bloks, etc.
3) Eat a normal meal, and then ride more slowly for an hour or so.
If I'm riding for distance but not that fast, I'll do #3, though typically I'm eating at least an hour before I leave. If I want speed, #2 works very well for me.
#1 leaves me without a lot of energy.