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What do you eat for a 90 min-2 hour race?

Old 04-04-09, 11:50 AM
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What do you eat for a 90 min-2 hour race?

If you've loaded up on a decent breakfast (I like oatmeal/grapefruit/oj) a couple of hours before a race, do you take a Powerbar or two to eat after hour one? What's your fuel tank top-off routine for races over an hour long? I think I sort of ran out of gas today with < 30 minutes left in my race, and I think a PB or two might have helped. My horsepower seemed to drop off quite a bit after an hour, and I'm thinking it's because my tank was empty.
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this is what i ate before today's two hour race:

bowl of oatmeal (cooked in water, sweetened with honey) for breakfast +/- 6 hours before my race.

four pieces of hartog's volkoren sunflower seed bread with some cottage cheese on top +/- 3 hours before my race.

this is what i ate during the race -



this is what i drank during the race -



imo you don't need to eat during a 1.5-2 hour race. longer than that... that's another story.
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Really? I think it would have helped today.
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Old 04-04-09, 12:32 PM
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For something so short, I agree no food. Go with a sports drink in one bottle and water in a second.
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Maybe it had more to do with my lack of enough breakfast. Just a grapefruit. Couldn't handle the oatmeal this AM, but I think I needed it. I really was full from the night before.
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A grapefruit? Did you put Sweet'n Lo on it?
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If less than 2 hours, just a sports drink, maybe a gel? I always eat a solid breakfast though even if I have to force myself.

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Originally Posted by substructure View Post
A grapefruit? Did you put Sweet'n Lo on it?
STFU, I've been eating grapefruits for breakfast for 20+ years.
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I suppose I could always eat a hearty breakfast and purge after the race.
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Just eat all the non-cervelo riding freds that you drop along the way.
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I normally eat 2-3 hrs before a race. Eat 1-2 pb and apple/peach/pear butter or straberry jelly on sandwich thins. And a glass of chocolate milk or OJ/whatever juice I have. I've had raisin bran instead of the sandwiches but I'd rather have a small bowl of raisin bran/granola and 1 pb and whatever sandwich.

If the race is an hour long and a hard race, I'll pop a gel before the race. If I can't eat enough before the race, I'll eat a clif bar on the drive to the race.

I need to eat more than the next guy on rides/races though. I lose energy really fast if I don't eat enough. I can get away with eating a little more than necessary if I eat 2-3 hrs before the race.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

If the race is an hour long and a hard race, I'll pop a gel before the race. If I can't eat enough before the race, I'll eat a clif bar on the drive to the race. .
Didn't think of this today, I think this could have made a big difference in how I felt.

On the other hand, as I off-loaded the Cervelo from my car, I noticed the front brake is rubbing badly, the wheel only goes 4 revs before it stops against the brake pad, I'm sure that didn't help. Front Zipp may need a truing.
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It was definitely a lack of B-fast. 2 years ago on a local winter bike league ride, I bonked 55 miles out on a 95 mile ride. All of a sudden, I couldn't hold 15 mph. I had gotten sick the night before and had vomiting. I ate a banana for breakfast and nothing else. Poor decision to go out on my part, and not a fun day.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
STFU, I've been eating grapefruits for breakfast for 20+ years.
this might explain why you - as you claim - suck so hard at racing.

when i still lived in NYC, and when we drove to a race (i.e. out of the city) a visit to H&H bagels, before hitting the west side highway out of town, was a must.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
this might explain why you - as you claim - suck so hard at racing.

when i still lived in NYC, and when we drove to a race (i.e. out of the city) a visit to H&H bagels, before hitting the west side highway out of town, was a must.
As I mentioned above, I eat oatmeal too before a race most of the time.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
this is what i ate before today's two hour race:

bowl of oatmeal (cooked in water, sweetened with honey) for breakfast +/- 6 hours before my race.

four pieces of hartog's volkoren sunflower seed bread with some cottage cheese on top +/- 3 hours before my race.

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this is what i drank during the race -



imo you don't need to eat during a 1.5-2 hour race. longer than that... that's another story.
Quite possibly you are doing it wrong Botto.
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I ate a vat of oatmeal w/fruit 3 hours before the race. I nibbled on a clif bar from about 1/4-3/4 of the race. I have the metabolism of a hummingbird though.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
STFU, I've been eating grapefruits for breakfast for 20+ years.
Then it was Sweet'n Lo. Did you down it with a Tab?
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
Quite possibly you are doing it wrong Botto.
incorrect.
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I get no mileage out of that brake rubbing story, even when it's true.
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Not really, no.
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I eat the competition. I wish.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I get no mileage out of that brake rubbing story, even when it's true.
your cables were rubbing, not your brakes.
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Not really, no.
I think it's quite possible that the brake rub got worse in the later laps and contributed mightily to my shelling. I did go from feeling fine to feeling on the rivet a bit too suddenly in that race g. That struck me as rather odd.
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See, now gsteinb wins these races. I get shelled. And I can get 25+ posts of hand-wringing over my DFL - 4 finish than g gets out of winning.

That's great, but I still think winning the race is more fun.
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