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Any morning riders? How do you swing it?(20 posts)

Any morning riders? How do you swing it?Macho Man Savage
Aug 7, 2003 6:43 AM
Does anyone here fit in a ride before work? I'm not talking about a commute. How do you manage when the tank is empty? I'm thinking getting started in the morning but how's the riding on an empty stomach? I mean I'd have to get up two hours earlier if I wanted to eat first. That's not going to happen. Any suggestions?
You can do itmickey-mac
Aug 7, 2003 6:51 AM
I'm no morning person but get out three days a week before work. Depending on the lenght of your ride, you'll probably find that you don't need to wake up hours before the ride to have a full breakfast. I do 26-30 miles on a cereal bar and a banana. Wake up 45 minutes to an hour before leaving and start snacking as soon as you wake up. If necessary, take something with you to eat as you warm up on your ride. Just give it a try; you might be surprised.
Every Wedneday at 6amPaulCL
Aug 7, 2003 6:53 AM
I then go to work a little late that day.

The night before, I get all my riding stuff ready: clothes out, tires pumped, bottles on the bike, coffee ready to be turned on, pre-mixed glass of Cytomax, etc.

Get up at 6am. Start the coffee. Throw a bagel or piece of bread in the toaster, hit the head, cream cheese on the bagel or PB on the toast, pour the coffee. Sit in front of the tube for about ten minutes drinking coffee, cytomax and eating the food. Put on my clothes, stuff my pockets, walk out the door by 6:30am.

Ride for two hours - eat on the ride - come home, shower, change, get in the the office by 9:30 after my early morning appointment.


Oh more thing....2PM...crash and burn...knock back another cup of coffee...feel good 'til 10pm then crash again.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?03Vortex
Aug 7, 2003 6:55 AM
I do 30/32 mile route at least twice during the week. At most, i just maybe have half a banana or throw a gel into my jersey so i have it if I need it. Its only 30 miles so i don't feel i need much of anything in terms of food.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?txcross
Aug 7, 2003 6:56 AM
I do my long rides on weekend mornings, usually leaving as the sun comes up. I will drink one cup of coffee and one toasted bagel before the ride. Provided I stayed well hydrated the day before I have yet to have any problems. While on the ride I eat a fig newton every 15-20 minutes and a slim jim at the hour mark. Continuing to do this I can usually go 2 1/2 to 3 hours without bonking. If the ride is longer (4-6 hours) I will take along a PB&J and eat at about the 3 hour mark.

Being a morning person always helps, sleeping in for me is 7:00.
mornings blow!!.I get to ride in the morning...mornings rule!!bicycle268
Aug 7, 2003 7:00 AM
I usually start work at 7:30 (zany crazy mutual fund job) but once or twice a week lately I've traded shifts and don't have to start till about 10. Due to family obligations I will ride in the morning on those days. In as much as I HATE morning rides they usually turn out to be long and fast. I get up around 5:30 and leave by 5:50 (but not before downing a triple shot of espresso). No food, but I have cytomax in the bottles and two or three gel packs with me. The lack of food in the stomach doesn't bother me during the ride but I sure do feel like crap the first couple of hours at work.

FWIW, I was able to ride my usual 55 mile loop in my time alloted with very little traffic. Now I have a quiet recovery spin to look forward to this evening. Good luck. And never underestimate the motivational power of caffiene!!
Easy, eat on your bike.sievers11
Aug 7, 2003 7:03 AM
Did you eat last night or skip dinner?

Stick two ganola bars and a banana in your pocket, a small thermos of coffee in your hand, one bottle of OJ, one bottle of water and hit the road.

What is better than watching the sunrise through the morning haze, sipping coffee and eating breakfast on the bike.

By the time breakfast is done, you are warmed up and it is go time.

If it is a matter of eating on your bike, you should get used to it, unless you only ride an hour or two at a time.
Mine swings left ;-) nmrwbadley
Aug 7, 2003 7:05 AM
Mornings, what else is there?53T
Aug 7, 2003 7:26 AM
I've got two kids and a job, and a wife. Therefore, most of my road time is a sunrise, presently 5:30. I get up around 4:45, have two pop tarts (420 calories, 80% from carbs) and coffee. I just have a large bottle of Cytomax while riding for 1.5 hours.

Shower, drive an hour to work, so I'm there before 9:00. I do this about three times a week. The absolute hardest part is getting out of bed and the 5 minues that follow. It's not physical, but a huge mental challenge. You do need to lay out all your stuff the night before.
True dat!shawndoggy
Aug 7, 2003 7:41 AM
Agreed that the moments between the alarm and the first sip of coffee are the hardest. I find that laying my stuff out the night before, getting the coffee maker ready, pumping up the tires and pointing the bike out the garage (no kidding) all help enhance the guilt when the alarm goes off, so that if I don't go I feel pretty lame. And once you get used to it, it's great. Only on about 2% of my early a.m. rides have I regreted getting up and riding, and usually that's a function of not getting enough sleep the night before and bad weather in the winter.

The sleep thing is really important for me. Especially when I am training hard, I need my eight hours. When you get up at 4:45, that means head on the pillow before 9:00. That can be a challenge, especially if the TV is on.
TV is the devil! (nm)53T
Aug 7, 2003 8:50 AM
These days on the East Coast ...orange_julius
Aug 7, 2003 7:43 AM
Not much choice other than ride really early in
the morning, before the rain comes.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?PBWatson
Aug 7, 2003 8:11 AM
If you've got an espresso maker put it on a timer to turn on a few minutes before the alarm. If you dont have an espresso machine go buy one, I highly reccomend the Rancillio Silvia. Get the bike & gear, including food (bagel, powerbar, banana or something like that) ready & leave by the back door.

Morning activity:
-alarm goes off, get up stumble to espresso machine brew double or triple, you could substitute with an americano or risteretto, but not cappucino or latte'.
-Go sit outside & drink espresso, the chill of the air & warmth of espresso will start to ake the body up.
-after you finish coffee, hit the head.
-put on cycling clothes & leave (on the bike)
-in 10-20 minutes you will start to feel normal, go ahead & eat on the bike.

You are now ready to go for a bike ride, luckily you're already on the road, bike between your legs & several miles from home.
I go out by 6 or 6:30 for an hour or 90 mins w/o eating -- it'sbill
Aug 7, 2003 8:20 AM
never really been a problem. I definitely start drinking the moment I open my eyes at 5:45, though.
Laying out your stuff the night before helps make it easier and faster to get out and deprives you of an excuse. You've already got something invested in going, so, you go.
I like it. Although I am finding that my better performances are sometimes in the afternoon. Go figure.
morning can be the best - really!Geardaddy
Aug 7, 2003 8:28 AM
I am definitely no morning person either. I usually go to bed at 1:00 AM, but I have the luxury of a tech job where nobody shows up at the office until at least 9:00 AM.

What motivates me is either knowing that the next day's schedule (3 kids here) is going to get in the way, or knowing that it's going to be hot and humid the next day. I usually just scarf down a pop-tart and a banana and I am on the road less than 30 minutes after I've woken up at 6:30 AM or so. A 30-40 mile ride is no problem. Sometimes I get back, shower up, and then still commute 10 miles into work on the bike. Yes, you feel a little leg-weary, but generally I feel really good.

Sometimes I am still shaking off the sleep in the first few miles. But generally, it's a great time to ride. The temperature is nice, the wind is usually down, and the roads are not so busy. Around here though (Minnesota), it gets a bit challenging in fall or spring because at 6AM it can only be in the 40s for temp.
used toColnagoFE
Aug 7, 2003 9:06 AM
but now I'd have to start by 4am to get an hour in. My sleep is more important than that.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?Drone 5200
Aug 7, 2003 9:13 AM
Its almost exclusively moring rides for me. I've got work and family obligations during the day. So I go out 3 or 4 days during the week in the morning. I'm in bed by 10:30p and up at 6:15a. I usually eat two granola bars or a yogurt and I'm gone by 6:35a or 6:40a. I usually do a 22 mile course in 1:15. Shower at hime, and I'm at work by 9:15a or so. The ride helps me to feel great all day long. Around here, it's been 100+ degrees lately, so more is a much more plesant time to ride anyway. On saturday, I'm up at the same time and out for a 3 and a half hour ride so I can be back at by 10:00a. Same breakfast, but in addition I take a bar or two along and eat while I ride. Sundays off.

Then the rest of the saturday is spent on "hunny-dos." I average about 100 to 140 miles a week. It's a good life.
5:30 a.m. on weedays and 6:15 a.m. on weekends...Horace Greeley
Aug 7, 2003 9:15 AM
If I had a choice, I would not ride at sunrise (which is beginning to get later unfortunately), but a wife, 2 kids, 1:45 hour commute to NYC, soccer games, etc., leaves me no choice.

5:30 a.m. rides are about 20 miles, so I don't eat/drink anything, other than a waterbottle on the road. I'm not usually hungry until the end of the ride. I'll then suck down a balance bar, bottle of gatorade, and later have some fruit and coffe when I get to work.

For the weekend rides which are significantly longer, I can only get down a clif bar or some toast prior to the ride, so I eat on the bike (usually powerbar, hammergel, and another clif bar). I don't usually bonk until I get into the 60-75 mile range.

It always takes awhile to get in my groove and wake up, but I'm used to this now. A key is getting to bed early, which is hard for me since I don't get home until 7-8 p.m.

Yeah, I'm always tired, but for me it's either ride based on this schedule or not ride. I choose to ride and cope.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?aliensporebomb
Aug 7, 2003 10:00 AM
I have an unorthodox method:

Get up at 0515.
Sit in front of the computer with milk and dry cereal. Eat.
Add a banana or apple and/or toast if really hungry.
Don cycling clothes, get bike, backpack with clothes & lock.
Put bike on bike rack on car and drive to park and ride
approx 10 miles away from work. Be there by 6:10 @ latest.
Cruise into town on the mostly deserted MUT (except for other commuters).
Estimated time 30-35 minutes.
Lock up, shower and dress by 6:50-6:55 a.m.
Be @ my desk at 0700 promptly and work.
Upon leaving for the day I can take more time/distance but
that's the way it goes usually.
re: Any morning riders? How do you swing it?toomanybikes
Aug 7, 2003 4:51 PM
No choices lately, as everyone else has said; wife, two kids, three dogs, job, lawn, etc.

You go in the Am or not at all. Breakfast in the house is a banana and coffee, I take a sandwich with me to have for breakfast, whole wheat bread, a couple of slices of Edam cheese and some sliced turkey, goes down easy and is good.

Lately, it's a habit that is a good one to have , daytime temps have been 95 degrees or above for almost six weeks now. Hardly cooling at all before dark.

sometimes you get lucky and are able to fit another ride in, like before going on holiday. Had a meeting in the next town over to the west, about a two hour drive. Jumped in the car, had my meeting, then changed at the local park, jumped on my bike and spent three hours climbing the passes on the local highways - Bliss.