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Pre-Ride Breakfast

Old 07-13-08, 05:44 PM
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If I wake up early enought and my fiance is up, I'll have her make some eggs and toast. If I sleep in, Clif bar. Wash it all down with OJ.
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Old 07-13-08, 05:46 PM
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A bottle of Ensure and an oatmeal raisin cookie.
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Originally Posted by AndyOrg View Post
I drink tons of water. I just prefer to have more alkalines in my body before exerting myself.....hah. My digestive system can't handle greasy/fatty/processed foods. I'm pretty much forced to be healthy.


Yeah, I went climbing a bunch of times in Gainesville FL and all the climbers there are tiny, spidery people.
really?
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Old 07-13-08, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post
really?
Yes...I have...what's the deal?
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Old 07-13-08, 05:57 PM
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Can of chili con carne and three english muffins
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Big plate of spaghetti
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Old 07-13-08, 05:58 PM
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Oh, it was at a rock gym.
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ohhhhh. not on a bike. makes sense
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Old 07-13-08, 06:05 PM
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Cup of coffee,newspaper while on the throne,forage through the kitchen.
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Old 07-13-08, 06:07 PM
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kashi cereal. omelette. water. maybe a banana
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Old 07-13-08, 07:04 PM
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whey protien shake, an esspresso or a frappe
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Old 07-13-08, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
I've read (Hammer nutrition literature) that eating anything really within 3 hours of a ride is detrimental to your muscle glycogen stores and thus performance.

Muscle glycogen stores are affected primarily by your chronic nutrition and post-ride eating habits, not as much from the immediately preceeding meal.

For this reason I have stopped eating large meals before earlier AM rides, big rides included. Proper nutrition habits during the day at large and proper fueling while on the bike are plenty sufficient for me.
Sometimes I ride 3 times in a day. If I didn't eat anything 3 hours before I rode I would have an hour window in the mid-morning, an hour window in the afternoon, and a few hours in the evening. I would always be hungry and would have to eat huge meals. No thank you. I eat constantly; small meals. As long as you don't have a large quantity of food its perfectly fine to eat before riding. The trick is that you don't want to have things that are hard for your body to digest, and the importance of this depends on how long before your ride, and how your body deals with different types of foods.

FWIW, I usually have a little bit of granola and coffee when I wake up (maybe 4oz of each), an omelette (with veggies and a tiny bit of low fat cheese) after I ride to work, some kind of sandwich for lunch, and fruits and other similar snacks in between. If I go for a ride at lunch I will usually have some kind of recovery drink or yogurt w/granola immediate after the ride and lunch later. Dinner is too widely variable and not really relevant to the discussion, but it usually is several small meals throughout the evening rather than one big sit-down meal.
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Old 07-13-08, 07:22 PM
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Muesli, an idea I got from podcasts of the Tour de France in 2006. Phonak had muesli for breakfast, and Tom Boonen said he too had muesli. If it works for them, it I figure it will work for me. I think it tastes great,

I doctor my Muesli, adding protein and nuts in a large container I can have every day. I am looking for a balance of protein, (low glycemic index) carbohydrate and fats.

In large container mix dry ingredients:

(1)Muesli (I get a large bag from Bob's Red Mill online)
(2)Casein protein powder (more slowly absorbed than whey).
(3) Nuts (good oils, taste).

Get a 20 oz. Aladdin Wide Body insulated mug from 7-11.

Night before ride:

Defrost frozen blueberries in cup.
Add Milk, Yogurt or Buttermilk
Add flaxseed oil (Omega 3, tastes okay, adds fat).
Add Maple syrup (makes it taste great).
Add Muesli mix, and stir it up.

Put cup lid on, and cup in in refrigerator (sometimes I will make several cups, and freeze those I need for several days hence).

When to eat? According to the Hammer Nutrition Guide for Endurance Athlete, >3 hours before the event.

3. Whatever you eat, finish a good three hours before race time to allow adequate time for digestion, absorption, and your blood glucose regulation system to normalize.
So, if your event is in the morning, you can have your "breakfast" before you go to bed. According to Hammer, the glycogen will stay stored in your muscles whilst you sleep. Alternatively, if you drink enough to be well hydrated, you'll have to get up in the night twice to pee. When you get up, wolf down your Muesli. That is what I did for the Death Ride yesterday. I was at least two hours into it before I felt I needed to eat anything.
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Old 07-13-08, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Gest24 View Post
If I wake up early enought and my fiance is up, I'll have her make some eggs and toast. If I sleep in, Clif bar. Wash it all down with OJ.
One thing I cannot do is eat a Clif bar early in the morning. For some reason, it sits in a lump in my stomach and doesn't digest well.

And, BTW, rolled oats, not steel cut. Easier to cook (2.5 minutes in the microwave), I guess is the difference. I didn't know that until I Wiki'ed it two seconds ago.
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Old 07-14-08, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
One thing I cannot do is eat a Clif bar early in the morning. For some reason, it sits in a lump in my stomach and doesn't digest well.
Same here, and it gives me gas too.
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Old 07-14-08, 10:06 AM
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either. cereal, oatmeal, french toast, along with a banana and a little juice. . Greasy eggs. Wait until lunch.
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Old 07-14-08, 10:09 AM
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Oatmeal with blueberries, raisins, sliced banana, cinnamon, and little honey (same as everyday) and
plenty of water of course.

During ride, more h2o, some Gatorade if its a longer trek (3+ hours), and a Clif bar in the middle of the ride. Good to go!
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Old 07-14-08, 10:10 AM
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Same here, and it gives me gas too.
Haha yes, same here. Although, it acts as a propellant sometimes.

I like eating hearty breakfasts about an hour before I go out on a ride.

I usually will make my own Egg McMuffin (Sausage or Morning Star wannabe sausage patty, egg, english muffin, and cheese) along with a piece of toast, some OJ and then a duplo espresso!

The espresso helps with energy and helps me um...well...drop some weight before I go ride!

That said, I don't enjoy riding as much in the morning as in the evening.
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Old 07-14-08, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by AndyOrg View Post
Yeah, I went climbing a bunch of times in Gainesville FL and all the climbers there are tiny, spidery people.
Gainesville ? Climb ? They let you ride the stairs in the "swamp"?!
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Originally Posted by Spartan112 View Post
Oatmeal add raisins and cinnamon, cup of coffee and a banana wait 20 minutes...big dookie...ride bike.
My program exactly, except I tend to add a little honey in the oatmeal and black tea instead of coffee.
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Old 07-14-08, 10:49 AM
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Oatmeal (the old fashioned cook on the stove kind)
throw in 1 tbsp of peanut butter while cooking
After cooked & slightly cooled, slice a banana on top.

Chase with a glass of water.

mmmm delicious.
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Love the eggs, but I just can't get filled from them.

Large bowl of granola cereal perhaps mixed with a fiber cereal. Almonds, raisins, banana, blueberries, topped off with soy milk. Maybe a slice of rye toast with almond butter and honey. One cup coffee. Glass of juice.
That keeps me going for a long time and is easy to digest.
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Not Fried Rice!
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Old 07-14-08, 02:07 PM
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Tiny, spidery... that's because all of the people that go to the gym are 100 lb asian guys.

You can actually ride up a really steep spiral walkway into the stadium. That's probably the toughest climb we have in Gainesville =p
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Originally Posted by AndyOrg View Post
Yeah, I went climbing a bunch of times in Gainesville FL and all the climbers there are tiny, spidery people.
Haha! Climbers in Florida. That's a good one.
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