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Your favorite century food(24 posts)

Your favorite century foodmadwiscbiker
Oct 14, 2002 8:20 AM
So what are the recommendations out there for eating while riding a hard century: fast clip, big winds, and no lack of topography (a fine double negative i must say). I have yet to be able to meet my caloric needs. My muscles aren't limiting, i am just wasted and out of food cause i can't seem to cram enough in. So I'm putting it to the masses.
re: Try a peanut butter and banana sandwich - nmdzrider
Oct 14, 2002 8:57 AM
...on wheat bread, with honey :-) Mmmmmm (nm)OffTheBack
Oct 14, 2002 9:32 AM
make sure it's crunchy peanut butter though! and reduced fat :)girchygirchy
Oct 14, 2002 6:58 PM
Oct 14, 2002 9:07 AM
Great flavor, small bite size morsels, lots of salt..... gotta have the salt on those centuries. I started eating less on centuries and really paying attention to minerals and salt.
Pop Tarts and Cokeswink
Oct 14, 2002 9:17 AM
It has been my experience that the "Junkier" the food the faster and longer the energy impact is. Pop tarts washed down with cokes is like a pure sugar carb, goes right into your system. I will go through about 8 of them on a century.
Cokes and Potato Chipsms
Oct 14, 2002 9:31 AM
I will second the cokes -- but I only drink them during the last 40-50 miles. A coke will give you an immediate kick. Although they usually are not available at the official rest stops on organized centuries (one exception -- the last rest stop on the Mojave by Moonlight Century), you usually can get one at a gas station or convenience store along the way. On one century I was feeling dehydrated around the 85 mile mark with someone gave me a bag of potato chips -- they made me feel a lot better. I never have tried pop tarts, but I will keep them in mind.
Pop Tarts and Cokesup_hiller
Oct 14, 2002 11:12 AM
Actually pop tarts contain a lot of fat, and fat slows down digestion.

If you are looking for fast energy, stick to stuff like fruit or starchy and/or highly processed carb sources. Bananas are pretty high-glycemic and have potassium to help prevent cramping; oranges and grapes would be good choices, too. White bread or a kids' cereal would be good. Of course, there are several products in both bar and gel forms geared toward athletes with just this sort of situation in mind.

If you are not too concerned with how quickly the energy gets to your muscles, then fat is a great way to go because fat is very calorie-dense (about 2x as many calories/gram as either protein or carb sources). In this case, a PB and banana sandwich, as suggested, would be just about perfect.
Fig NewtonsMcAndrus
Oct 14, 2002 9:20 AM
I find them an excellent source and easy to carry and eat while riding. An ultra-marathon type friend (400+ miles in 24 hours) swears by things like Pop Tarts and Mountain Dew.
Fig Newtonsaliensporebomb
Oct 14, 2002 12:45 PM
Good choice - I also eat 'em and besides, it says "official
food item of USA Cycling" on the side which might be good
endorsement of their usefulness to the cycling brethren.
If you want all the nutrients without a full stomachKen of Fresno
Oct 14, 2002 9:22 AM
why not try Hammergel. I haven't used it on a century yet, but it worked great on my last 65 miler. It comes with a flask or can be added to your water bottle. Comes in lots of flavors.

Best of luck,
The perfect food...Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 14, 2002 10:40 AM
if you look the sensation of pouring spooey down your throat. That stuff makes me shudder.

I think of it more like fuel than food.Ken of Fresno
Oct 14, 2002 11:49 AM
If you're eating to enjoy a meal, then sure, go to a nice restaurant and enjoy. If you're fueling your body for exercise, that's another matter. Okay, it's not the greatest tasting stuff, but I would'nt call it "spooey" either. Nowhere near Fear Factor levels anyway. Cod sperm anyone?
Raisans and bananasPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 14, 2002 9:25 AM
re: Your favorite century foodnetso
Oct 14, 2002 9:55 AM
I like PB & Banana or Raisins on whole wheat - yum!
Enstein's Bagels nearby?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 14, 2002 10:08 AM
They've got something called a power bagel that I really like. It's just a chewy little loaf of bread with cherries, raisins, sunflower seeds and other goodies. Cheaper than a powerbar, and judging by its size about twice the calories. I pick up three for my 65 mile rides. Comes to $2.79.

Oct 14, 2002 10:10 AM
What Would Bobke DO?

Stop in at a fancy restaurant and chow down. Don't forget a doggie bag for a quick bite down the road!
Monkey Surprise SandwichSkidoo
Oct 14, 2002 12:21 PM
Peanut Butter, Bananas, Raisins and Honey on a hearty multi-grain bread. Alternatively, add chopped apple instead of the banana.
The various Ensure drinks ...Humma Hah
Oct 14, 2002 12:31 PM
... or their cheaper generic equivalents. Ensure Plus is favored by some ultra-distance cyclists.

I put mine in a gel flask and take a hit about every half-hour. It goes down easier than gel, and has about the same effect.

I like bananas, peanut M&Ms, some pastries. Every time I try eating a proper lunch, it slows me down. I need to stay with small, easily-digested snacks.
Brats (nm)lnin0
Oct 14, 2002 12:56 PM
re: Extran pre-mix boxesteoteoteo
Oct 14, 2002 1:15 PM
Expensive but calorically very dense food. Boxes are small and have 400 calories that seem to sustain me very well. I never "spike" or "crash" like I do with gels.

In winter I also buy tortillas spread peanut butter and honey on them, then roll them up. A single tortilla has about same calories as two slices of bread but they are flat for the jersey pocket My estimate is 350-375 each roll. I can easily carry 5-6 using 2 pockets.
re: Your favorite century foodrcarbs
Oct 14, 2002 3:34 PM
Cytomax in the bottles, bananas, fig newtans, jolly ranchers in between.
Sweet Pickles, Anyone?astrobiker
Oct 14, 2002 5:39 PM
I was reading the back of a jar of sweet pickles - I love them. "one serving" is apparently 1 pickle. Not the big dill pickles, mind you - just the small gherkins. Anyway... the nutrition info says that this single pickle has something like 200 mg of sodium. I have heard of people actually drinking pickle juice at 80+ mile rest stops, which grosses me out, but munching on pickles along the way seems kind of interesting. Anybody tried that?
Almost anything that doesn't make you hurl.look271
Oct 16, 2002 8:18 AM
I used to be real picky, but I've been finding that I can do just fine as long as I'm eating something that doesn't make me sick. Apples, oranges, fig newtons, breads, bagels, tuna fish, pb&j, trail mix, Balance/Zone bars, ham/turkey w/ cheese sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies. These are some faves. Watermellon? A technicolored yawn.Yuck!