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Pre-Ride Breakfast

Old 07-13-08, 01:49 PM
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Pre-Ride Breakfast

What's your favorite breakfast to have before a long ride that morning.
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Before a long ride.......... hmmmmmmm.... just about anything is fine with me. But............... Before every race I got to have: Pancakes!!!!
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One scrambled egg, slice whole wheat toast w/ local honey, bannana and soy milk.
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- plain oatmeal with soy milk, brown sugar, chopped walnuts, cinamin, raisins, and sometimes flax meal
- 2 cups coffee with soy milk
- OJ if I have any
- for longer rides, add two pieces of toast or a bagel.
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Old 07-13-08, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jtdavidson83 View Post
What's your favorite breakfast to have before a long ride that morning.
Breakfast of champions
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Oatmeal add raisins and cinnamon, cup of coffee and a banana wait 20 minutes...big dookie...ride bike.
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Old 07-13-08, 02:18 PM
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Old 07-13-08, 02:21 PM
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1 dozen fried eggs.
1/2 lb. bacon.
4 lg biscuits w/ sausage gravy.
1qt. coffee w/ cream and sugar.
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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.
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.






ALthough If I do have plenty of time before a later-AM ride then I'll agree with Blade-Runner that pancackes are the ****- lots of high glycemic simple starches that are easily accessible to burn not too long after.

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eggs, hash browns, bacon with toast of course..some OJ or milk. Will drink a liter or more of water before i go out

sometimes i eat cheerios with a banana and bagel..good and light
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I like a power bar w/ a glass of chocolate whey protein w/ milk.
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for a 3-4 hour ride...

3 eggs scrambled or over easy
2 slices of my homemade whole wheat toast with nuts/seeds (flax, sunflower, poppy, sesame...) and sometimes with natural peanut butter or honey
optional : small bowl of oatmeal with soy milk and 1 sliced fruit
1 glass of oj
1 glass of water
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Old 07-13-08, 04:09 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.






ALthough If I do have plenty of time before a later-AM ride then I'll agree with Blade-Runner that pancackes are the ****- lots of high glycemic simple starches that are easily accessible to burn not too long after.
everyone's body is different.... if i dont get a decent meal in before a ride i'm toast after two hours. i have trouble eating/digesting during a ride so I have to rely on my preride meal.
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About 200g whole bread w/jam, tall glass of low fat milk, slice of low fat cheese.
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Originally Posted by jtdavidson83 View Post
What's your favorite breakfast to have before a long ride that morning.
Take a mixture of strawberries, bananas, plain yogurt, oatmeal, flaxseed, and skim milk, throw it in a blender, and voila.
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Smoothie; Oj, blueberries, raspberries, banana, some Fiber Green, and ground flax seed powder.

and I switch it up b/w; 1 piece of toast or a quarter cup of oatmeal or a handful of Cascadian Farms Granola cereal.

Probably throw in about 2.5 cups of water before my ride.
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3/4 (dry) cup of oatmeal, cooked in the microwave, with two big spoonfuls of brown sugar. And black coffee.

Real oatmeal, not the pre-cooked instant stuff. If I am forced to have the instant stuff, I need two packets of plain and again with the brown sugar.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
3/4 (dry) cup of oatmeal, cooked in the microwave, with two big spoonfuls of brown sugar. And black coffee.

Real oatmeal, not the pre-cooked instant stuff. If I am forced to have the instant stuff, I need two packets.
I hear that. The pre packaged stuff usually comes with a lot of un-needed ingredients and sugar. I usually mix in a teaspoon of honey and it's good to go.

If I wake up early enough I usually drink a cup of coffee. I don't like having to much non liquid food in me before any sort of exercise.
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Oatmeal and some NO2 black powder.....seperate of course.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
3/4 (dry) cup of oatmeal, cooked in the microwave, with two big spoonfuls of brown sugar. And black coffee.

Real oatmeal, not the pre-cooked instant stuff. If I am forced to have the instant stuff, I need two packets of plain and again with the brown sugar.


Steel cut or die.

Seriously though, if I eat anything before a ride, which I tend to try not to do, it's a Hammer Bar/Larabar/NuGo Bar (which American Eagle was giving out for free at the Tour of PA, so I took a dozen or so, they're pretty good, but I wouldn't recommend trying to eat them on the bike. Tough to chew, pretty sweet. Basically a Rice Krispie Treat with better marketing and some protein.)
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Real oatmeal with flaxseed, wheat germ, honey and banana. Two cups black coffee. I did two 75 mile rides this weekend w/ about 4500' climbing each. Felt great whole ride with adequate hydration, a couple of Gu's, a small bagel and some coffee during the ride. Good post-ride hydration and nutrition. Also, I was mindful to pre-hydrate and eat properly on Friday (as I do most days).
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Originally Posted by AndyOrg View Post
If I wake up early enough I usually drink a cup of coffee. I don't like having to much non liquid food in me before any sort of exercise.
A friend of mine is the same way; can't eat before riding in the morning and consumes less than 1 bottle of water on a 1.5 hour mtb ride.

Then he goes home and nibbles, not even breakfast. Yes, he's a climber.
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Quaker Old-Fashioned oats or generic equivalent, thrown in a bowl with cold tap water and raisins and maybe a banana if I happen to have one lying around. Doesn't get any quicker or easier than that.
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usually some form of sweetened white simple starch. biscuits, donuts, bagels, cheesebread, etc. I like my protein the rest of the time, but I don't think it is the right thing to eat just before a ride.
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Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
A friend of mine is the same way; can't eat before riding in the morning and consumes less than 1 bottle of water on a 1.5 hour mtb ride.

Then he goes home and nibbles, not even breakfast. Yes, he's a climber.
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.
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