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Eating on endurance rides to eliminate muscle loss(7 posts)

Eating on endurance rides to eliminate muscle lossPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 11, 2003 2:29 PM
K my background... I'm about 5'9 190-195 lbs... ballpark 15% body fat. In order to maintain/build on my base I'm going to do some longer endurance rides up to about 2-2 1/2 hours. However, not to set myself back in the weight room at all I want to avoid any muscle loss through catabolism (or whatever other means muscle is lost) but at the same time in a perfect world I would like to begin to cut my body fat down for the season. How can I achieve this finding a happy medium between both?

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Jan 11, 2003 2:53 PM
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Jan 11, 2003 4:00 PM
Hey DougSnyder
Jan 11, 2003 8:46 PM
To acheive that 8-to-1 carb-protein ratio, what would be wrong with a bagel, (42g carb) with a slice of cheese (6g protein)? It is 7-to-1, but on a training ride do you think it would make much difference? One would probably want to keep HR under 70% anyway, so plenty of time to eat. Wash down with Gatorade. A huge savings $$.
Jan 12, 2003 2:45 PM
(I thought I posted this last night, but it's gone.)

I think there is some merit to using in training what you intend to use in races. This is probably more important the longer races and rides you do. Anything over 100 miles, and food starts to become critical. For something like the 508, it's absolutely critical. You're going so hard for so long that solid food won't work, and you better have figured out what will.

For those 2-3 hour training rides, though, food during the ride is almost irrelevant. I might use only water most of the time. Unless you are going really hard, like race pace with above AT stints, I doubt there's much muscle consumption going on, as you have plenty of glycogen and GI tract food contents to get you through it.

Thanks -- makes sense -- (nm)Snyder
Jan 12, 2003 7:46 PM
Snyder has some uncommon sense....CalgaryDave
Jan 13, 2003 8:38 AM
.... that will save you big dollars over time. Think of all the sweet parts you can buy with that extra cash!

Myself and a few friends do some really long mountain days (5-8 hours), both riding and back-country skiing, and all agree that the bagel is king with PB&J being queen. Add some raisins, gorp, and a banana as frequent snacks washed down with Gatorade and you're good to go. Powergel makes a great backup if you stay out longer than expected.

Have fun,