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to eat or not to eat(8 posts)

to eat or not to eatmoschika
Sep 12, 2001 3:39 PM
what do some you all eat before a morning ride? or do any of you not eat at first then eat something a bit later?

i've had a few morning rides recently, start about 8am, where after only about 30-40 minutes of riding i get really nauseas. last time i left part of breakfast on the side of the road. i've been trying a couple small things, like toast or frozen waffle to just put something in my belly before i go out but it still causes me to stop, get sick then feeling sick turn around and ride home feeling sick. usually not the kind of experience you want to have on a group ride. some one recommended i don't eat at first and wait till i'm out on the rode and warmed up and eat a bit then.

what do you all think?
eat, but earlierDog
Sep 12, 2001 3:58 PM
Get up earlier and eat at least an hour or so before riding.

Try different things.

Also, how far are you riding? If you're only riding an hour, probably won't make much difference. If you are riding 100 miles, it could make a heck of a difference.

Try a can of Ensure Plus. It has everything you need, 360 calories, and digests easily.

Eating too much/going too hard?Kerry Irons
Sep 12, 2001 4:55 PM
While there is a significant difference in tolerance to eating and exercise, it seems like you are eating too much too close to the start of the ride or going too hard. For distance rides, you should eat an amount so that you will be able to ride in about an hour after eating. If you're going to race or go race pace, most recommendations are that you should take only liquids in the 2-3 hours before the start of the ride. Pretty hard to do before an early morning training ride. Sounds like a very light snack is in order, then eat breakfast after the ride.
simple carbsvanzutas
Sep 12, 2001 5:37 PM
Eat some simple carbs before a ride. A Bagel or a bowl of oat meal. If I am going hard I usually take a few Tumms just before I start.
re: to eat or not to eatDINOSAUR
Sep 12, 2001 5:48 PM
Something real simple, a bowl of cereal, a banana, a bagel, a cup of coffee. If I'm going for a long ride I'll stuff something in my jersey pocket such as a half a bagel. I'm not a big breafast eater. I've eaten big breafasts on occassions and have had stomach problems, not to mention the much needed access to a bathroom. I'm really big on bananas, they really full you up and they are loaded with natural sugar and potassium. You need to eat something.
This works for me:look271
Sep 12, 2001 6:52 PM
If it's a real early ride, I'll eat a energy bar (usually a Balance bar or Zone bar) or if I don't have those, I'll pour a glass of OJ and mix it with protein mix, whip it up and down it goes. Usually feel pretty good if I do either of these. Might add a banana or some type of fruit, too. Don't forget the coffee!~:-)
coffee? toast too much?moschika
Sep 12, 2001 8:05 PM
i pretty much gave up coffee because of problems from drinking it in the morning

i know if i ate earlier it would help but then if i eat too early then i can get nauseas from just eating too early in the day, regardless if i ride or not. and i can't think of anything lighter to eat then a piece of toast but that doesn't always work. i'll try the fruit thing this weekend and see how it goes.

thanks for all your suggestions. i guess it be a matter of trial and error.
re: to eat or not to eatLLSmith
Sep 13, 2001 1:48 AM
If my ride will be less than 20 miles I dont eat anything until im done. If the ride will be over 20 miles I dont eat anything before I leave.I will take 2-4 pcs. of wheat bread folded in half with peanut butter and honey on them. I eat the first one at 12-15 miles and the others every 8-10 miles beyond.I do drink a cup of coffee as soon as I get up and take plenty of water with me.