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My first 50 mile commute(6 posts)

My first 50 mile commutegildomilo
Aug 5, 2003 2:37 PM
Tomorrow morning will be my first day doing a full commute. Any advice as to what I should eat tonight to give me enough energy to do the 25+ miles into the office? I'm thinking I should have some carbs. I'll bring a bar or two with me just incase I get the 7am munchies. Also I'll probably eat a yogurt when I leave at 5:30.
Any advice would be appreciated.
This is all depending on the AM weather in the Northeast which seems to have become the northwest ;)
-Gil
extra food!shawndoggy
Aug 5, 2003 2:51 PM
Bring extra food for when you get into the office and extra food for before you leave. You are going to be hungrier in the morning than you usually are, and whereas you can drive home with a grumbly tummy, riding for over an hour when you are starving can have dire consequences.
extra food!gildomilo
Aug 5, 2003 4:02 PM
Fortunately I work at the University of Connecticut (UConn Basketball???) and we have various stores that carry all kinds of goodies. This should be an interesting commute in the morning. I hope I make it to work on time seeing as I hold the only key to the office.
-GIl
Don't worry about itpmf1
Aug 6, 2003 6:03 AM
My commute is 19 miles each way and I don't need to carbo load or eat energy bars along the way. Would you worry if it was a 25 or 50 miles ride on the weekend? We're not talking about an endurance event here.

I get up and have some coffee and then leave. I take a bottle of Gatorade, but save that for the way home. I have a Slim Fast when I get to the office. These are great for after a ride. 4:1 carb to protein ratio plus vitamins and minerals.

Its always a good idea to carry an emergency energy bar in your seat bag in case you bonk.
Don't worry about it yeahgildomilo
Aug 6, 2003 6:23 AM
Yeah I made it fine. Had a container of sugar free yogurt before I left and then a bananna and powerade when I got to the office. Thanks,
Gil
Great feeling isn't it?pmf1
Aug 6, 2003 7:15 AM
Almost everytime I commute in, I get up tired and am really tempted to just bag it and catch the train in -- especially in the winter. I'm always glad I did it when I get to the office though. I'm more alert and productive when I ride in. It takes almost as long as driving to the train and riding in on that, so I save time.

19 miles, much less 25 does make it more difficult though. I think the perfect commute is 12-15 miles. I used to commute a lot more -- especially in the winter -- when I lived closer in and was 13 miles from work.

At any rate, congrats and go have a big lunch.