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How long before I ride should I eat ? I ride in the morning.

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Old 10-19-11, 04:30 PM
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How long before I ride should I eat ? I ride in the morning.

I usually ride around 11 am .I bring one 20oz bottle of Gatorade and I eat a CLIF bar before I ride , my average rides are about 1 and a half hours.Is this a decent way to go ? What is good to eat after ?
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Old 10-19-11, 04:47 PM
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You don't need to eat before during or after a 1 1/2 hr ride. Normal eating during the day should replenish your glycogen stores. If you were doing 3-4 hr rides every day you should pay attention to eating some carbs and protein (4:1 ratio) within 30min after finishing your ride but it's not necessary for shorter rides.
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If you're not riding until 11, you've probably eaten breakfast say 3 hours before, which would be perfect. I'd bring the bottle of sports drink, but not drink it unless I felt funny. Lunch after your ride would again be perfect.
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Whether racing or training I always follow the same procedure that way my body and I always know what to expect. By the way I train everyday. I have a carb (Hammer Sustained Energy) w/protein shake about one hour before I take off. I have a gel after every hour that I ride. Within 30 minutes after my workout or race I have a recovery drink of Hammer Recoverite and a scoop of protein powder. This is a fairly standard protocol. Here's a link to a Hammer Nutrition article that may be helpful to you http://www.hammernutrition.com/knowl...wledge-section.
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Thanks alot.
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