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Your favorite post-ride meal(25 posts)

Your favorite post-ride mealCycling Fan
Aug 26, 2001 10:12 PM
What is your favorite meal after a long day riding? List your top 2-3 picks.
My favorite is: Tuna with White Rice, Honey Shredded Wheat cereal, and Raisan Bran cereal.
re: Your favorite post-ride mealJammin
Aug 27, 2001 3:47 AM
BBQ ribs, grandmas homemade potato salad and fresh baked italian bread and butter....I am not kidding either!
The quickest thing I can get into my ravenous craw ...Humma Hah
Aug 27, 2001 5:12 AM
... which, likely as not, is a PBJ sandwich.

After a long day of riding, almost ANYTHING seems delicious. I do usually crave beef.
beef? that's funny...Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 6:18 AM
I've found the same thing myself. I'll crave steak after a Sunday ride. (Of course, more money poured into cycling ;) Its funny though, because beef doesn't have much of what the body needs after a ride. hmmmm...
A protein shake and then whatever I can my hands on . . .CRM
Aug 27, 2001 5:27 AM
The protein shake is great. Takes a few seconds to make (add milk and protein mix to blender), actually tastes good (vanilla-flavor), and takes the edge off my usually insatiable hunger at the end of a ride. At least enough so that I can get through a shower without starving to death. After that, whatever's available will do but a lot of times, I'll microwave an Uncle Ben's rice bowl. Quick and easy to make, pretty good nutritionally, big enough to satisfy and actually tastes good.
A Smoothie!wink
Aug 27, 2001 5:29 AM
Peach Party with Protien.
Are any of those recovery drinks any good? nmMel Erickson
Aug 27, 2001 5:33 AM
Are any of those recovery drinks any good? nmCRM
Aug 27, 2001 6:40 AM
Never tried Endurox or any of those types of pre-packaged recovery mixes. I use simple Whey Protein mix from GNC (about $20 for a really big container) and it delivers 19g of protein in only about 100 calories. I try to have one within a half-hour after every ride and I definitely think it helps stimulate muscle growth. This is the first season I've used it all-season long and my muscles do seem more developed, not just in my legs but in my upper body, too.

I have no idea if is any of this is scientifically valid, but I feel like it works and I think that's half the battle.
Did some quick researchMel Erickson
Aug 27, 2001 6:47 AM
and there seems to be a general consensus that muscle glycogen is replaced at a much faster rate within 4 hours after a ride. Most recommend 100 grams of carbs in that time frame, sooner the better. Also recommended is protein at a 4-1 or 3-1 ratio to carbs for muscle repair and building. Given that, what's in the whey protein mix from GNC?
Not sure . . .CRM
Aug 27, 2001 6:54 AM
It's at home and I'm at work. I'm pretty sure its carb content is pretty minimal. However, whatever it is I eat for a meal after a shower invariably has plenty of carbs in it. I have no idea if I'm following the recommended ratios or not and I'm not sure I have enough faith in that stuff to go through the trouble, either. Someday I may try Endurox or something, but until that time I really enjoy the vanilla milkshakes!
Try a Slimfastpmf
Aug 27, 2001 8:22 AM
Its got 4:1 carbs:protein ratio, vitamins, minerals and it tastes pretty good. I get the canned stuff because I find the powder hard ot deal with. I down 1-2 cans after a ride depending on the miles. Its easy to transport to an event, comes in several tasty flavors, is widely available and fairly cheap ($1/can).
Are any of those recovery drinks any good? nmJL
Aug 27, 2001 6:50 AM
I like the Endurox. Seems to work with removing the muscle aches. No pain 2 days after the first century :)

Happy riding
re: Your favorite post-ride mealBirddog
Aug 27, 2001 5:41 AM
Nothing even comes close to BarBQued ribs and lots of em. We try to find a converted service station or otherwise run-down, shabby looking "joint" in a less than desireable part of town. They always have the best. Those shiny, sanitary looking chain stores are usually just selling mediocrity.
They probably boil them too, yuk :( !!!JL
Aug 27, 2001 5:53 AM
I agree. "Out of the way" joints are the only way to eat BBQ. Unless they're done right (low/slow for a long time), there's no reason to eat them. The "shiny" places do BBQ the great injustice to BBQ.

Happy riding.

JL
re: Your favorite post-ride mealJL
Aug 27, 2001 5:48 AM
After I completed my first Century on Saturday, the first stop I made was McDonalds: Cheeseburger, Fries and a Coke. My body thanked me, as I was craving salt/sugar/carbs. Endurox was on the list when I finally arrived home. A few Guinness's at a party later, definitely helped :)

Normally, I have an Endurox "shake" and whatever's around the house for lunch/dinner on my normal long day rides. I agree with ribs. A nice juicy steak always works for me too that night.
What a list!Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 6:24 AM
I usually go for a bowl of Lipton's Extra Noodle chicken soup. But, I read the box recently and discovered that it contains 25mg of colesterol. Yowzer!

Angle Hair pasta with mushrooms and onions, tossed in olive oil, a touch of balsamic vinigar and topped with fresh parmasian. Yummy.
Where are all the Californians?MB1
Aug 27, 2001 6:38 AM
Mexican food. Chips and salsa to start, frajitas and curveza.
I was thinking the same thing...UncleMoe
Aug 27, 2001 8:05 AM
I was reading thru the thread and thought, damn, I'll go for a big ol plate of nachos and a chicken burrito with rice and beans, really hot sauce and a few brews!

Not the best for recovery, but to me part of the fun of the grueling rides is the hearty nasty meal afterwards. (-:
You asked for itmike mcmahon
Aug 27, 2001 8:20 AM
After a quick snack and a shower, I've been known to head to El Ranchito, Los Fuentes, or Super Mex for some carnitas tacos, a carne asada burrito, or a chile relleno, all with a big order of rice and frijoles. I usually skip the cerveza and go for a big plastic tumbler of Coca-Cola to cure the sugar craving. Man, it's only 9:21 and I'm ready for lunch now.
What no fish tacos? nmMB1
Aug 27, 2001 8:22 AM
Too light for post-ride faremike mcmahon
Aug 27, 2001 8:44 AM
With that said, I'll admit to having eaten more than one post-ride Super Mex fish burrito and having spent some time at Wahoo eating fish tacos after a ride. However, I usually hold off on fish tacos until I get a chance to head to Ensenada and have the genuine article down on the docks. There's nothing like eating a fish taco while flies buzz around your head and a three-legged dog with one eye begs for scraps.
I will admit to Rubio's too (nm)UncleMoe
Aug 27, 2001 12:47 PM
Oh my word! If I ate that much...Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 11:28 AM
All that work on the bike would be for nothing. How can you guys eat so much and keep your body fat %'s low? Okay, perhaps I'm assuming here. ;-) I've worked hard and lost 20 lbs. No way am I scarfing after a ride!
Oh my word! If I ate that much...JL
Aug 27, 2001 11:54 AM
If you feel good and like the size clothes you're wearing, the occasional scarf session is fine. Everything in moderation is the key. NOTHING should be out of the question. At least that's my take. I like food/drink too much. God help me if I ever need a restricted diet. Portion control was my key. That and getting off my formerly lazy butt and exercising.

My wife and kids appreciate the new, leaner me (30-35 lbs weight loss over 3 years). This cycling thing is great, and really get's the metabolism going. Better than when I used to run in high school and I'm almost down to that pre-college weight, but I like where I'm at now (~170). If you obsess too much about fat %, HR, etc. life becomes boring. Enjoy a good scarf session now and then, your body will thank you.

Happy riding.

JL
Where are all the Californians?Cliff Oates
Aug 27, 2001 8:44 AM
Jamba Juice, man. The cerveza is for the post post-ride meal.