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Nutrition for morning rides.(5 posts)

Nutrition for morning rides.Scy
Dec 4, 2001 11:39 PM
I'm doing a WEEKDAY/WORKDAY morning ride regimen that's essentially a 5 mile hill that takes me 18 minutes to get up at about 85%+ of my max HR. Any advice on what I should eat?

Due to my schedule, I basically get up, drink a cup of OJ and a glass of water, get dressed, and start my ride. So, I basically have about 10 minutes between the time I "eat" my OJ and start my ride. I figured eating anything remotely solid would simply take energy and blood from my legs since 10 minutes is not enough time to digest anything for the ride.

On my weekend club ride, I do eat a bagel and bananna an hour before the ride, but I don't have this luxury on the weekdays. So, any comments or advice on what I should eat, if anything, 10 minutes before a ride?
re: Nutrition for morning rides.dsc
Dec 5, 2001 12:23 AM
If you're treating your weekday morning ride as a cardio/fat-burning workout, don't eat anything before you ride. For maximum fat-burning potential, don't eat anything until about 1 hr after you finish. I might also suggest extending your ride to at least 45 minutes, time permitting.

On the other hand, if you are treating these rides as a strength-building exercise for your legs, you may want to eat a small amount of protein before you ride (example: some cottage cheese) and certainly a meal containing both protein and carbohydrates after you finish.

I have the same schedule that you do (workout time during the week is in the morning) and this is what I do.
Good luck!

-Debi
Cottage cheese before a ride?!look271
Dec 5, 2001 8:26 AM
If I did that I'd hurl. I like it, but before a ride? You must have an iron stomach.
Cottage cheese before a ride?!dsc
Dec 5, 2001 3:53 PM
It's a staple in my diet (cheap, low-fat, quality source of protein), plus it digests quickly (for me, anyhow.)
Guess I'm just used to it :)

-Debi
Me too.look271
Dec 5, 2001 5:13 PM
I use it alot, too. Helps me stay in "the zone". However, right before a ride is a bit much, at least for me. :-)