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Eating before a century(9 posts)

Eating before a centurycanal_pdx
May 16, 2002 11:38 AM
My wife and I are doing a century this weekend. We'll be riding at ~ 11mph pace and plan to start riding around 6:00 AM. Someone told my wife that she shouldn't eat breakfast before she starts. This will be her first century so she has no prior experience. I have done a couple of centuries and have eaten a high carb meal for breakfast (whole grain cereals and breads). We will be eating a large pasta dinner the night before.

Anybody have any suggestions?
Eat breakfast...PdxMark
May 16, 2002 11:46 AM
the large dinner is a good base, but you really need breakfast, just as you described it...
crunchy CheetosDougSloan
May 16, 2002 12:01 PM
Really; if I eat them before a long ride I always do well.

Yes, eat some carbs. Do it as early as possible, and don't over do it. Avoid too much garlic in the pasta sauce.

Agree on the carbs but no such thing as too much garlic - nmdzrider
May 16, 2002 12:14 PM
two bagelsmr_spin
May 16, 2002 1:29 PM
Not eating breakfast is a good way to bonk. My routine for a big ride is pasta the night before and two bagels the morning of. I tend not to eat too much during the ride, but some people I ride with are snackers and eat fairly frequently along the way. Either way, you always have to start with something.

When I travel somewhere, I make sure I bring along Pop Tarts. Not quite the same as bagels, but it seems to do the trick.
I have to eat before and (especially) duringcory
May 17, 2002 7:48 AM
I'm from a running background, where eating before a marathon makes you hurl at mile 6. It took several long rides before I realized the reason I was bonking was that I wasn't eating enough. A century is a long, long ride for me, and it's easier if I eat breakfast (not a huge one, but decent), then snack/drink/do energy bars all day long. Be sure she keeps ahead on the water, too.
re: interestingcyclopathic
May 17, 2002 7:26 PM
century seems so easy comparing to marathon. I can usually get somewhere from 70-140mi without food/bonking I couldn't possibly last even 1/2 marathon..
re: Eating before a centuryNJRoad
May 17, 2002 12:28 PM
My favorite is a bagel (a good one, the bigger the better) with peanut butter on half with a very ripe banana sliced up on it. That gets me through with nothing else but a GU shot or 2 and Gatorade.
scramble egg, bacon, toast, cup of teacyclopathic
May 17, 2002 7:20 PM
carb loading has no effect for distances greater then 100 metric. Eating protein/fat 1-2hr before ride switches your metabolizm toward burning more fat and saves you from getting hungry. Pasta for breakfast would work too. Avoid high sugar foods prior, o'k to eat them while on bike good luck.