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My road bike SAVE me to home!!! True story.

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My road bike SAVE me to home!!! True story.

Old 08-30-04, 01:18 AM
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My road bike SAVE me to home!!! True story.

Have you ate a lunch or supper before you ride your road bike? I did.

It has been raining constantly a few days and today is partly cloudy and I decide to ride my road bike in afternoon and at night. I had a wonderful supper in the restaurant and I decided to ride my bike when I got home. The night market opened in the summer after 6pm in the weekend and I decide to ride my bike there without the parking congestion. The night market is about 15km away from my house. I push my bike hard and after 10km, I want to vomit but I can't. I want to burp but I can't. I finally made it to the destination and I rested about for half an hour but I still have trouble breathing with my mouth. The food is like going up to my throat, I don't really know. I did not eat too much. Walking to home is stupid and make no sense. Give a call to my family to pick me up is even worse because the one who pick me up will blame me. (My family doesn't like I ride a bike)

Well, I start to pedal my roadie and see how it goes. Then I finally start to realize how efficient my road bike is vs. my old mountain bike. Many said road bike is more "efficient" becuase it can goes faster. Wrong!!! This has nothing to do with efficiency. A 4 turn pendalling on my bike will keep on rolling and rolling. My old mountain bike just can't. Riding a roadie is similar to ride an electric bike. However, if the electric bike ran out of power, it will be worse than riding a mountain bike. At the end, I made it to home because the bike keeps on rolling by itself in most time. .

If I remember correctly from Physics, efficiency is how far on the object can go with the given amount of energy. Speed has nothing to do with it.

NEVER EAT FIRST BEFORE YOU EXERCISES.
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Old 08-30-04, 06:45 AM
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I always eat soon before I ride, and even sometimes if I do, I get really hungry after about and hour and a half, and that is an absoultely terrible feeling. if I still dont eat after that, I'll have bonked by 2 hours into the ride. yes, I mean a real bonk, where your BO smells like windex. a full on, glycogen-depleted bonk. so, i always try to eat before, during and a little bit after I ride.
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It's not THAT you ate before the ride, it's WHAT you ate before the ride.

There are times when eating before a ride is a VERY good thing- just be smart with what you eat, that's all. Eating a full meal may make your stomach feel full and get you sick, but eating a small, carb-rich meal pre-ride will definitely keep your glycogen reserves high so that you can prevent yourself from bonking during those longer rides. Definitely, the next time you ride, revisit how you eat, choose a smaller real that's higher in carbs, and you'll probably not have that problem when you ride home.

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Originally Posted by PeaceGrabber
Have you ate a lunch or supper before you ride your road bike? I did.

It has been raining constantly a few days and today is partly cloudy and I decide to ride my road bike in afternoon and at night. I had a wonderful supper in the restaurant and I decided to ride my bike when I got home. The night market opened in the summer after 6pm in the weekend and I decide to ride my bike there without the parking congestion. The night market is about 15km away from my house. I push my bike hard and after 10km, I want to vomit but I can't. I want to burp but I can't. I finally made it to the destination and I rested about for half an hour but I still have trouble breathing with my mouth. The food is like going up to my throat, I don't really know. I did not eat too much. Walking to home is stupid and make no sense. Give a call to my family to pick me up is even worse because the one who pick me up will blame me. (My family doesn't like I ride a bike)

Well, I start to pedal my roadie and see how it goes. Then I finally start to realize how efficient my road bike is vs. my old mountain bike. Many said road bike is more "efficient" becuase it can goes faster. Wrong!!! This has nothing to do with efficiency. A 4 turn pendalling on my bike will keep on rolling and rolling. My old mountain bike just can't. Riding a roadie is similar to ride an electric bike. However, if the electric bike ran out of power, it will be worse than riding a mountain bike. At the end, I made it to home because the bike keeps on rolling by itself in most time. .

If I remember correctly from Physics, efficiency is how far on the object can go with the given amount of energy. Speed has nothing to do with it.

NEVER EAT FIRST BEFORE YOU EXERCISES.
the road bike may have contributed to the original problem. It sounds to me like you suffered from gastroeosophageal reflux where the sphincter on the stomach relaxes and food flows back up the oesophagus. This flow is aided by gravity so the bent over position of the road bike would not have helped. Reflux can be caused by ingesting certain foods such as milk or alcohol so it might be an idea to look at the type of foods you had. Be careful lying down after eating them or reflux can cause choking.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
It's not THAT you ate before the ride, it's WHAT you ate before the ride.

Koffee is right on!
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You should also relax a little and before you ride instead of jumping right on to the bike. I like to ride downtown then have lunch and talk a bit with my group then we ride back, so far no one has gotten sick. But we are all vegetarians and usually eat a light lunch so I'm sure that plays into it, I'm sure if you had a big steak dinner and started exercising right after you'd have problems. That is a good point about tire efficiency though, I'll have to remember that next time I get questioned on why I use "those weak skinny little tires."
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After eating a large meal, blood is diverted from the systemic circulation (muscles, brain...) to the mesenteric arteries (stomach, small bowel...) which, together with a host of neurohormonal changes (insulin, histamine, etc...), can lead to a feeling a fatigue and often cramping with exercise. Also, GERD (reflux) can be exacerbated by large meals especially fatty/spicy foods. Everybody responds differently to this series of physiological events. Some people, like myself, need to eat a meal just prior to exercise. If I don't eat before I ride I will quickly become hungry and won't last very long before I need to eat something. Other people need to wait a while before they ride, because digesting all that food really hampers their style. Find out what works best for you and stick with it. For me, a couple of hot dogs or a PB&J sandwhich really goes a long way!
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