Do you ride to eat or eat to ride? Either way, you’ll surely agree that eating and cycling go well together. In fact, it’s hard to do one without the other (ok, not really, but you get the point).
There’s a key strategy to apply to your eating, and it’s important for both long rides and short rides with any significant level of intensity. The mantra I picked up somewhere along the way is “Eat when you are not hungry.” Essentially, that means if you start to feel hungry it’s already game over. You’ll never catch up.
You’ve got to be sure to take in enough fuel for whatever sort of ride you plan for the day. And you do need to plan ahead. In fact, it’s best to take in the bulk of your carbs about two hours before your event. Then be sure to take enough quickly digestible fuel (sports drinks, gels and the like) along for your ride. You’ll need to figure out what works best for you, but a good rule of thumb is one energy bar, gel packet or whatever about every hour.
And don’t forget to stay hydrated! A good rule of thumb here is to drink a bottle an hour, alternating between sports drink and just plain water.
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