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Early a.m. rides-what to eat?(19 posts)

Early a.m. rides-what to eat?NPA
Jul 17, 2002 12:24 PM
i'm thinking of riding primarily in the early a.m. and wondering about the best way to eat- should i eat plenty of carbs the night before, or would eating something ( bar) right before riding do any good?
any nutritional help appreciated by a newbie!
Toaster waffles with light syrup. Juice or water. nmBrooks
Jul 17, 2002 12:27 PM
pop tarts and bananaDougSloan
Jul 17, 2002 12:31 PM
You can even take the banana with you and eat it on the bike

I strongly second this....Gregory Taylor
Jul 18, 2002 5:00 AM
This is my morning training meal when I have a ride. I usually gulp down a bottle of Accellerade (or something similar) to top it off.

Oh, by the way, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Pop Tarts are the only ones that work here. Really.
banana/soy milk, blend on HI. (nm)theBreeze
Jul 17, 2002 12:33 PM
Jul 17, 2002 12:35 PM
For the short/intense rides, I have some water and an energy bar.

For longer rides, where I have a warm up ride to get to the meeting point, then some sweet cereal, some juice with protein powder, and some fruit.
re: Early a.m. rides-what to eat?stevesbike
Jul 17, 2002 1:06 PM
depends on your goals--Andy Hampsten used to ride on an empty stomach to lose weight--looked like it worked. I eat a toasted whole wheat bagel with a bit of jam on it--seems like a good mix of high and low glycemic carbs. Experiment carefully wih dairy--a bowl of cereal can cause stomach bloating
re: Early a.m. rides-what to eat?flying
Jul 17, 2002 1:51 PM
Totally depends on length of ride.

If 1 hour or less I don't really need anything

1 to 2 hours maybe waffles or bagels + 100 cal after 1st hour on bike.

2-5 hours I eat carbs the night before. ( pasta w/marinara sauce)
then for breakfast I have more pasta no sauce & a small super lean steak (Filet Mignon) or a chicken breast. This added protein has really helped over the years. I am not a breakfast person so it is hard to consider a big meal like this but.... once the steak is cooking the smell starts the digestive juices flowing & I get hungry ;-)
how long of a ride?ColnagoFE
Jul 17, 2002 1:55 PM
if an hour or less i don't bother eating.
re: Early a.m. rides-what to eat?Rich_Racer
Jul 17, 2002 2:26 PM
When I was a lightweight rower I used to train early am on an empty stomach a lot. It's bad though. I usually just have a small bowl of cereal - it has all the protein, sugar, and big carbs without the expensive faff of protein bars. Sometimes take a banana with me too! Loads of water - I find I have to drink so much more before and during morning rides as you dehyrate over night.


Maybe an apple + 2 cups of coffee/espresso [nm]Leroy
Jul 17, 2002 3:49 PM
My latest concoction for a > 2hour ride iscoonass
Jul 17, 2002 5:18 PM
I try to eat 2 pkgs. of Quaker's Instant Oatmeal (Raisin, date & walnut...yummm) with about 1/3 cup of extra water, about 2 hours before the ride. (sometimes I throw in some extra dehydrated dates)...then a banana before clipping in...and a squeeze of Hammer Gel every 45 minutes. (wonder why I don't lose weight :))
Fighter Pilot Breakfast: Candybar & a Coke (nm)grzy
Jul 17, 2002 5:21 PM
your gonna puke it up anyway, right? :-) nmDougSloan
Jul 18, 2002 5:24 AM
you're nm (it's early)DougSloan
Jul 18, 2002 5:24 AM
1 cup of tea, 1 scone and 2 slices of hw toast w/butterHigh Gear
Jul 17, 2002 6:06 PM
Thats all I eat. I can get through a 40-50 miler at a fast pace on that alone. Anything longer I bring food. If it's a real hard ride with lots of hills I'll start eating at the 25-30 mark. Remember, DRINK!!!
French toast and/or Oatmeal are my favs (nm)js5280
Jul 17, 2002 7:38 PM
re: Early a.m. rides-what to eat?Breakfast
Jul 17, 2002 8:07 PM
Found in Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook (a well known bible of basic sports nutrition):

"Some athletes prefer liquid meals before games because they empty from the stomach more quickly than solid foods."


Cereal Shake:
low fat milk
favorite cereal
small banana
4 ice cubes

Fruit Shake:
1 cup vanilla yogurt
4-6 halves peaches, canned or fresh
4 graham cracker squares
dash of nutmeg, optional
Thanks to all ...good,fast foods!NPA
Jul 18, 2002 5:24 AM
should have mentioned that these rides will be about an hour to hour and a half...IF i can drag out of bed in time. time will be of the essence so these fast meals will be great. thanks again.