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    1000+ mile tour - what should I be eating?

    Hi guys!
    I'm doing a tour this summer, NC ---> NY and I'm trying to decide what food I should eat along the way, what foods should I carry with me, and what I should buy along the way.
    Also, because I've never done a tour remotely close to this length (this is going to be an huge adventure/challenge for me) I'm trying to comprehend how many more calories I should consume per day so I don't loose weight. I'm already a slim girl, I don't want to return home as only muscle, skin, and bones!
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    Hi Nicle,

    I suggest you repost this question in the touring forum.

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    WHat period of time is this over? How much riding per day? How much riding per day do you currently do?

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    carbs.

    good luck. later.

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    Pretty much anything you want. Have fun!

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    Eat like you're pregnant.

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    Eaten in this ratio, nothing but win will be allowed.

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    I have done a tour this long. The mileage was reasonably high with a fair bit of climbing. I kept the pace at a moderate pace to keep from getting burnt out. I ate a fair number of carbs to replace my muscle glycogen. But I did not go over board. For a large guy, doing 70 miles with climbing burns up something like a lb of fat, if you do not eat anything extra. I lost weight on the tour, but I could afford to. Most people went out and pigged out and ended up gaining substantial amounts of weight. No matter how much you exercise, if you eat enough cheeseburgers, fries and sundaes, you can gain weight.

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    Try out some foods that you will likely eat while riding now during training so that you can find out what your stomach can handle while on the tour.

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    Oh thanks LampShade! now I have to go have dinner early!

    The only thing I can say to the OP is eat more than usual, how much depends on how much your daily output is compared to normal. What to buy, is gonna be determined to a large extent on whats available.

    Don't forget to up your water intake as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian416 View Post
    Try out some foods that you will likely eat while riding now during training so that you can find out what your stomach can handle while on the tour.

    ditto

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    Heavy on the carbs and *ideally* most of them long burn carbs - wholegrain bread and pasta, boiled potatoes, brown rice, pancakes made with wholemeal flour, uncooked apple and bannanas. Long burn carbs provide you with energy for much longer without having to mediate through fat storage and keep your blood sugar nice and even. A decent "GI diet" book will tell you the sorts of food to prioritize. Don't be scared to add some fat for their energy dense properties, but try to make them ones that have other nutritional virtues and aren't combined with sugar - nuts, fish, cheese.

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