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Old 05-20-14, 07:04 PM
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Riding and Eating

Curiosity question here. How far (in time) can you ride without eating and not feel like you are about to bonk? Assume that it is a somewhat aggressive training ride or a 'strong but not race effort' (whatever that means to you).

For me it would seem to be somewhere in the 3 hour range (which would be under 60 miles for sure in my case).

Like I said - just curious.

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Old 05-20-14, 07:12 PM
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I did a century this Sunday, my first ever. I ate some coconut and salt after 60 miles (~3.5 hours I think), not because I was hungry but because I was getting cramps in my legs. Two weeks ago I did 80 miles with no food, though by 70 miles I was cramping from lack of electrolyes. You don't bonk that easily if you're keto adapted.
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Old 05-20-14, 10:16 PM
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I just bought the book Feed Zone Portables (it was featured in a running magazine I read), and the author does the math for you, and basically at the end recommends 400 calories an hour for work outs lasting between 2 to 6 hours. THey suggest that for work outs under 2 hours, most people won't require food. THis is consistent with what I've found; under 2 hours I'm fine, over 2 hours and I'll need to eat (give or take).
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Old 05-20-14, 10:31 PM
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AFAIK the record for riding without eating or drinking is 170 miles, held by Danny Chew, riding from Pittsburgh to State College PA, just for kicks. Bicycle adapted, not keto adapted.
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