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    Senior Member TromboneAl's Avatar
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    Yesterday I did the same ride with water only and a cup of coffee. It felt good. Better than normal, in fact. No nausea.
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    Since I fast during the day, and have so for 1.5 yrs., the standard fueling recommendations are very hard to swallow. However, after one hour running or three hours on the bike, I'll get to feeling empty & lethargic. Some Cytomax, Hammer or a bar and I'm good for the day. An apple an hour before a gym work-out is perfect. I say that dinner you had the night before will carry you a very long way if you train your body to use it.

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    I agree with the consensus that there isn't anything remarkable about this, it isn't that unusual for me to do 60 miles on just water. I've never attempted a food-free imperial century but I'd be confident I could do it as long as I kept the intensity down.

    And the intensity is what this is all about. When training for racing, I couldn't hack it with a low-carb diet (I tried) because I found I couldn't recover properly between sessions and couldn't hit the numbers on my intervals. But if one ticks along all day at touring speeds, glycogen depletion is pretty modest and one can go for hours without eating.

    One thing that this thread does illustrate is that lots of people eat far more than they need to when riding. They are badly advised, and led to believe that they'll bonk unless they ingest a bunch of carbs every hour. So the forums are full of cyclists who are trying to lose weight, but devouring sugar on every moderate ride. A lot of disappointed people.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    I did a similar low carb ride this weekend. fueled up on a Flank Steak and fresh garden tomatoes on Friday night and hit the road on Saturday morning for a 55 miler drinking only water and a black coffee on an empty stomach( I did eat half a banana at mile 15). I was able to manage 17.3 mph but following the ride. I was fine following the ride but was completely, wiped after a lunch, and needed a afternoon nap. I focused on keeping my heart rate in zone 1 & 2, but did let it get into zone 3 a few times once I passed mile 40 in the home stretch.
    It was intended to be a pure base miles kind of ride to build endurance. I recently finished Joe Freils Heart Training guide and wanted to do a block of base before putting together my Annual Training Plan.

    I guess my point is, it's not that hard, if you stay in zone 1 and zone 2,which you did, you can ride nearly all day. Your body can deliver fats muscles to burn as energy nearly for ever. The trick is allowing your mind and butt to happy riding at 12 miles per hour. I simply don't enjoy riding this slow.

    to each his own..
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