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End of ride "pick me up?"

Old 10-07-08, 07:55 PM
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End of ride "pick me up?"

hey guys, on my 38 mile training ride, I generally eat a clif bar about halfway through, and drink water periodically throughout the ride. However, on the last couple of miles I start to feel really low on energy. I've never had a gel, but it seems like something like a gel or maybe some sport beans to give me a burst of energy for the last 20 minutes or so. I drink straight water though, and was wondering if maybe some heed or cytomax would help me out in the last couple of miles also. Just looking for some recommendations to give me a burst of energy for the last few miles.
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Old 10-07-08, 07:57 PM
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The Gels certainly work, and they aren't all that bad.
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Old 10-07-08, 08:03 PM
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Would a clif bar and a gel be too many calories for such a short ride? I'm trying to loose weight, and I want to make sure I don't over-eat in order to get through cycling. I also eat a half of a banana with natural peanut butter before my ride, and the other half after my ride.
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Sounds like you need a glass of HTFU!


Ok.. really it gets easier as you get more fit. What does your diet look like throughout the day? Could be you arent fueling your body right BEFORE the ride more so than during.
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I generally go with 1/2 gallon of Gatorade. I drink all of it in less than 1/2 hour and then spend the next 2 hours peeing. But it gets me right back up where I always am.
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I like those little Hostess apple pie things, 2 squares per package. Invariably I carry one in my jersey pocket for a mid-ride energy boost. The secret is simply experimentation to find out what works for you!
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You shouldn't need to eat anything on a 38 mile ride.
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I have found that the PowerBar Recovery bar works very well after a ride. I always wake up the next day and I don't usually have that "rubber leg" routine when I eat one, and they taste good too. And I have found that peanut butter and honey sandwiches work well, as do peanut butter and nutella (so much for the diet) I did forget that I ran out on Sunday though....
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I generally eat a gel or shot blocks or something every 45-60 minutes and sip on Accelerade every few minutes. The more I ride the further back I can push the fatigue. I don't seem to get much from solid food during the ride.

Try different things to find what works for you specifically. Heed or Cytomax (I like Accelerade) might be a good place to start.
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
Sounds like you need a glass of HTFU!


Ok.. really it gets easier as you get more fit. What does your diet look like throughout the day? Could be you arent fueling your body right BEFORE the ride more so than during.
I figured someone would give the inevitable bf answer, figured it would be pcad though. For breakfast I have a bowl of rolled oats with flaxseed, wheat germ, and diced strawberries and a banana. For lunch I have a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with varying types of cheese (colby jack this week) and lettuce, a bag of grapes, and some original goldfish (not cheddar). I eat lunch pretty early in the day due to my school schedule. For dinner, it varies a lot, but its generally homemade, from pasta to chicken to steak, just regular american meals. I ride between lunch and dinner though, so I do not think dinner affects how I ride that much.

Originally Posted by mollusk
You shouldn't need to eat anything on a 38 mile ride.
Maybe you don't but this is my first year of cycling, and I get really hungry after 2 hours on the bike. Maybe its because my lunch is almost four hours before I ride, so my stomach is pretty empty to begin with.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
I figured someone would give the inevitable bf answer, figured it would be pcad though. For breakfast I have a bowl of rolled oats with flaxseed, wheat germ, and diced strawberries and a banana. For lunch I have a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with varying types of cheese (colby jack this week) and lettuce, a bag of grapes, and some original goldfish (not cheddar). I eat lunch pretty early in the day due to my school schedule. For dinner, it varies a lot, but its generally homemade, from pasta to chicken to steak, just regular american meals. I ride between lunch and dinner though, so I do not think dinner affects how I ride that much.


Maybe you don't but this is my first year of cycling, and I get really hungry after 2 hours on the bike. Maybe its because
my lunch is almost four hours before I ride, so my stomach is pretty empty to begin with.
That could be your problem right there. You might try eating a good snack somewhere in between lunch and your ride.
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Eat a balanced meal 1.5-2.5 hours before ride, 45 minutes into ride, pop a gel. If the ride is 70+ miles long I'll have a second one at 50-60 miles in.
I also drink PowerBar Endurance, though I am experimenting with Clif Shot.

On MTB rides, I eat Clif Bars and gel since I find that it helps me keep my focus better, wheras in road cycling I'm going 2-3 times faster and don't need as much focus and handling skills.

::EDIT:: Personally, I've used all 3 PowerBar gels, as well as Hammer, Honey Stinger and Clif. Clif Shot is the best, with PowerBar 2x Caffeine in second, and Honey Stinger in third in terms of best performance.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
I figured someone would give the inevitable bf answer, figured it would be pcad though. For breakfast I have a bowl of rolled oats with flaxseed, wheat germ, and diced strawberries and a banana. For lunch I have a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with varying types of cheese (colby jack this week) and lettuce, a bag of grapes, and some original goldfish (not cheddar). I eat lunch pretty early in the day due to my school schedule. For dinner, it varies a lot, but its generally homemade, from pasta to chicken to steak, just regular american meals. I ride between lunch and dinner though, so I do not think dinner affects how I ride that much.


Maybe you don't but this is my first year of cycling, and I get really hungry after 2 hours on the bike. Maybe its because my lunch is almost four hours before I ride, so my stomach is pretty empty to begin with.
It is. Make it 2 hours to an hour and a half, and you won't feel that hunger.
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maybe you should eat more before the ride
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
You shouldn't need to eat anything on a 38 mile ride.
I don't think there's a right answer here, because people are different. My wife can go 5 minutes too long without eating, and she's getting woozy. I'm overweight, but I can miss a meal and doesn't bother me- I'm hungry, but not weak. So when some fit person tells you to HTFU or eat 3 goos or whatever it is that works for them, it doesn't mean a whole lot for you.

First off, if you haven't had a checkup, go get one, and ask the doctor about that specific problem. You could be having some sort of diabetic thing going on that gels and bananas don't fix. If you are diabetic, you can deal with it, but it helps to know what you're dealing with. And if everything's okay with the ol' pancreas, then just experiment with the suggestions up there and see what works. There's no rule that says you have to eat at all, before, during, or after the ride. And there's no rule that says you can't just take your picnic basket along with you if you're so inclined.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Eat a balanced meal 1.5-2.5 hours before ride, 45 minutes into ride, pop a gel. If the ride is 70+ miles long I'll have a second one at 50-60 miles in.<snip>
There it is.

The Clif bar mid-ride in a 38 mile loop is probably overkill. You need the energy, but too much food in there and your body gets busy dealing with it. By the time you get the benefit of it, you're already done on the bike. Gels/Shot Blox are absorbed more quickly.

Think in terms of eating within time frames rather than miles, too.

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Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
Yup, that works every time.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
Maybe you don't but this is my first year of cycling, and I get really hungry after 2 hours on the bike. Maybe its because my lunch is almost four hours before I ride, so my stomach is pretty empty to begin with.
If you rode faster then you wouldn't be on your bike so long and you wouldn't get hungry. Problem solved.
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How much time are we talking about for this 38 mile ride?
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
You shouldn't need to eat anything on a 38 mile ride.
Depends on the ride. My 38 mile ride has over 6,000' of climbing. I do two bottles of HEED and a gel or two on it. I need a lot of calories on the bike though.
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