- Jul 29, 2006
Newbie here I would like to workout in the morning but what should I eat before my ride or do I wait until I come back from my ride?
So? I would say it depends on what you are planning to do. I usually don't eat before I workout in the morning. I have no problems doing that, at least not for efforts up to about 2-2 1/2 hours or so. If you are planning a metric or century, then, yes, it's probably a good idea to have some food before you go.Spunout said:You must eat something, as you wake up after a 'fast' of 8 hours or so.
I have found if I have a banana, some juice, and small glass of low fat choc milk, in the morning before I head out that I feel much better during my ride. I mix gatorade and water, during the ride itself and have sport beans or power gel after the first hour or so.kmaultsby said:Newbie here I would like to workout in the morning but what should I eat before my ride or do I wait until I come back from my ride?
Yesterday (at 6am) I had one glass of Gatorade and a banana before going out,kmaultsby said:Thanks all for the great feedback. When I eat in the the morning how long after can I go out and ride?
Let me stress how important diet is when trying to lose weight. Endurance is nothing without something backing it up. You need to eat proper foods. Your body is like a machine - you need proper nutrients. If you're trying to lose weight, change your diet and do what you do for exercise. Losing weight is usually a change in lifestyle. I'd recommend you eat high protein foods and limit foods with refined carbs. Go after fruits - bananas, cantaloupes, grapes, ect. Other good foods are chicken breast, fish, steak and peanut butter. Remember, exercise will eat up calories and you'll need to replace those. Healthy weight loss isn't instant - which is why people seek these fad diets. If you maintain a good diet and exercise regiment, you'll notice a big difference in your health and waist within 2 months - I guarantee itkmaultsby said:What I am trying to do is to loose weight for now and increase my endurance.
I'm the same, I'm good for 3 hours or so without food.Dietmar said:So? I would say it depends on what you are planning to do. I usually don't eat before I workout in the morning. I have no problems doing that, at least not for efforts up to about 2-2 1/2 hours or so. If you are planning a metric or century, then, yes, it's probably a good idea to have some food before you go.
I'm actually burning fat as opposed to just losing weight, and can't believe those are replacements for good clean food. I got a personal trainer and added weight training and was told to eat more than I was and its made a tremendous difference. What you eat, is as important as when, you eat. Granted, I'm only riding 6-8 hours a week, but run and lift on alternating days.DCWD said:I don't go for so long without food, but understand that some people might. I'm trying to shed a few pounds as well as train right. What seems to be working is to eat little or nothing before my morning ride (maybe a swig of milk or juice) and ride for an hour to hour and a half. Most days where I go over an hour, I squeeze a Gu/Clif Shot OR mix up sports drink into my water. When I get to work, I eat a Clif bar or Protein bar, depending on whether I was doing LSD or sprints and feel I need the added protein. An hour later, I have another snack, and two hours later I eat lunch. I'm dropping about 1/2 pound per week (overall, I ride about 8-10 hours per week). On my weekend rides (2-3 hours) again, I don't eat breakfast, but drop a clif bar into my pocket and two packs of Gu. I start nibbling on the energy bar right off - takes me at least an hour - and squeeze out a Gu every half-hour or so after that. Again, I eat as soon as I come home. That lasts me about 3 hours.
Yeah, often when you hear recommendations of what you "should", or "must" have as far as food and drink are concerned, people do not realize how large the differences between individual athletes in that area can be. In our case, what we are doing does not mean that everybody should go without food, but I assure those people who feel that Mike or I are starving ourselves that there is no need for concern.mikesbytes said:I'm the same, I'm good for 3 hours or so without food.
Basically your body will burn energy it has for this purpose that is stored with the muscles and will replenish this usually from fat.
If your ride is 60 minutes or less, then there is no need what so ever to eat before riding. After this point, it depends on the rider, most are good for about 2 hours.
Heh, that sounds exactly like my ride yesterday, with the minor difference of a complete lack of mountains. But I didn't have a banana, so we're even, right?Sillyoldtwit said:Yesterday (at 6am) I had one glass of Gatorade and a banana before going out, I was on my bike within 5 mins and cruising at 30kph and finished off doing 75k with the temp rising to 30C. And this was on a mountainous course.
Well, yes, like I said above. You need to do what's right for you. That you and I can go without breakfast does not even have to mean that we have the "better genes"; there may be disadvantages to the kind of setup that allows us to do this in some other area, although I am not aware of anySillyoldtwit said:Do not attempt to do the above unless you have chosen your father well.