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Old 03-15-17, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
BITD when I had 15 hours a week to ride, I'd eat nonstop as well, even after short easy rides.

Now with ~7 hours a week to ride, I don't get nearly as ravenous and really only crave my shower beer after a hard ride.
That's been my experience too, and a recent change for me as well. Baby #2 came along, and my weekly average went from 10-15 hrs, down to 4-6. I eat about 1,000 to 1,500 fewer calories per day. The other thing I noticed is that no matter how much I ate before, I never got that uncomfortable "ate too much" feeling. Now I have to be careful how much, and how quickly I eat in one sitting.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by 69chevy View Post
I ride with a guy who also races. He trains non-stop, year round. After a 20+ mile ride, even at a fairly easy pace, he will immediately start eating like he's been on a hunger strike and talk about being "hangry" until he can get some calories.


I usually eat a few hours later... I think we're all different, because my friend has been on a few podiums, so I'm pretty sure he's adapted metabolically.
That's a good point. If you ride enough you can eat anything you want, when you want it and still have your watts/kg. OTOH when I did that I never complained about having to eat . . . That's a feature, not a bug. Unless you're riding RAAM and it's impossible to eat enough because your mouth is too sore from too much eating. I guess there's a continuum and a sweet spot. I'm doing 10-15 right now and lost two pounds in the past two days, but I had them to give away, probably a sweet spot for me. I was a little hungry, so it was on purpose. High cadence intervals on the rollers this morning - pouring down rain outside, flood and landslide warnings.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:36 AM
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I'm reading 'The Secret Race', & when Tyler Hamilton is trying to lose weight,

his coach's recommended meal after a training ride is: "chug a bottle of fizzy water and two or three sleeping pills".
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Too many variables to say it's anything specific or more or less than any other time, but you know, what and when you ate BEFORE the ride matters as much as anything. Maybe you go all day without eating and aren't particularly hungry when you go for a 30 minute ride; you might expect to be famished when you get home.

That said, knowing that protein after a workout is a good idea, I started stocking the cupboard with sardines and kippers for an easy snack, but weather lately has conspired against rides that would call for them.

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Old 03-15-17, 08:36 PM
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Beer is good. What I do or what I should do?

This is what I should do, and I'm pretty close. Eating is not my weak point.
Right after if it was a break down body ride - protein.
If it was a no to taxing high aerobic rid - more complex carbs.
If it was a log fat burning ride meat and veggies.

Then beer.
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Old 03-15-17, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
part of the answer is what are you trying to accomplish. If the goal is to lose or maintain weight, the answer is nothing. You don't need to anything special to refuel or replace muscle glycogen after a typical 60-90 minute ride, particularly if you're not in the middle of a stage race or long tour.

With all the talk about recovery drinks, and glycogen windows, many people consume too many calories during and after riding, then wonder why they don't lose weight.

If you're doing a long hard workout, and planning on doing another the next day, then eating after the ride matters, otherwise not so much.

And if you're not trying to lose weight, eat whatever the hell you want.
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Old 03-15-17, 09:01 PM
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Hot dogs... tons of hot dogs. No buns because of carbs, just pure hot dog protein.

And cici's pizza if it's been a hard day
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Old 03-15-17, 09:57 PM
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A large bowl of oatmeal with a couple tbsp. of coconut oil and a scoop of chocolate Muscle Milk.
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Today? Kung Pao chicken.

Then again, I'm not a serious cyclist.
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After a 1-2 hour ride, even at tempo, I don't eat anything differently. If it's an epic ride, 5-6 hours, with a lot of elevation >7,000' and a lot of miles, I'd have to drink at least 2 beers. That's about all the routine I follow.
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Old 03-16-17, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
How long have you been riding? IME it's unusual to have a "massive craving" after only a 60-90 minute ride. My guess is that you're relatively new to it and haven't yet adapted metabolically. Try this: take a bagel or 200 calorie sports bar with you on the road. Eat half of it at 30 minutes and the other half at 60 minutes for a 90 minute ride, just the half for the 60 minute option. Eating a small amount during the ride is the best way to defend against post-ride hunger. Gradually that'll get better so that you don't need to eat at all during the ride and are also not particularly hungry after the ......
.....small handful of walnuts, about 1 oz.
Completely new to this.
As you said, its probably my body not use to do 60-90mins continuos exercise. Even at the gym, you stop, stretch a bit, watch a few minutes of TV, do reps, rest etc etc

Its getting better though, drink more water, trying to avoid the bacon and egg sandwich, chocolate cake etc

so far, I just do a banana and maybe tiny bowl of oats.
It might be the fact that I don't eat pre-riding....like 1-2hrs before.
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Old 03-16-17, 03:29 AM
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beer, pizza, mexican food, burger, cup o' noodles (salty deliciousness), did i say beer already?
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If riding from the house, I'll have the usual post workout shake. Milk, whey protein, a banana and frozen strawberries. If after a group ride, I usually take an RTD protein shake. Then I do something stupid and hit Five Guys or Whataburger on the way home if we don't stop for a beer afterwards.
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Big glass of low fat chocolate milk FTW.
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Old 03-16-17, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Hot dogs... tons of hot dogs. No buns because of carbs, just pure hot dog protein.

And cici's pizza if it's been a hard day
Top advice here.
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Old 03-16-17, 07:44 AM
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After my whey protein shake, anything that sound good that happens to be in the house.

A can of chilli and crackers, nachos, or pizza always work for me.

My before ride meal is the healthy food.
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After our 100 mile ride last Saturday we started with some charcuterie


Then some green garlic risotto and mushrooms and sweet potato soup with glazed chestnuts and caramel apples.


Followed by papardelle, mushrooms, and a wonderful tomato reduction.


A couple of Hoppy Poppy IPA's from Figueroa Mountain for me and a Lumen Chardonney for her.


We were quite happy and slept well.....
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Old 03-16-17, 09:05 AM
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Anchovies. And, if I'm in a particularly misanthropic mood, I add a little garlic.
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Originally Posted by boshk View Post
Completely new to this.
As you said, its probably my body not use to do 60-90mins continuos exercise. Even at the gym, you stop, stretch a bit, watch a few minutes of TV, do reps, rest etc etc

Its getting better though, drink more water, trying to avoid the bacon and egg sandwich, chocolate cake etc

so far, I just do a banana and maybe tiny bowl of oats.
It might be the fact that I don't eat pre-riding....like 1-2hrs before.
I find it's best to eat 2-3 hours before a ride. I've been doing that for years. That's how I avoid that nasty feeling in the stomach when working hard. But starting last year, I've also been taking 15g whey protein with 15g sugar (120 calories) in water immediately before a ride, largely to retain protein as I'm one of those people they call "hard gainers." That's been working.

I find that the more consistently I exercise, the more quickly I recover. Sounds backwards, but that what I see.
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~50-70 mi ride: Instant ramen noodle with two jumbo eggs+ ice cream
> 100 mi: Mongolian bbq
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