Breakfast, to eat or not to eat....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Jo25, 27 Apr 2010.

  1. Jo25

    Jo25 Senior Member

    I do a commute of just over 6 miles which includes a very steep uphill section just over a mile in, which lasts for about 1 1/2 miles. I tend to set off without having any breakfast as I prefer not to have to wait half an hour or so before setting off and I am fairly sure that if I ate much I would throw-up part way up the hill (at my level of fitness as it is at the moment anyway as I can only just get up the hill in the lowest possible gear doing about 3 mph with heart rate sky high :eek:).

    However, I realise that if I ate something it may give me more energy to get up the hill. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to eat that would give me a quick energy boost without having the disasterous results of bringing it up on the way to work?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    magic bannana
     
  3. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    As above, or jelly babies.
     
  4. Armegatron

    Armegatron Active Member

    Im a brekky and go person. I have a relativly steep hill on my ride and at first I used to really struggle on the hill, barely making it up in the lowest gears. Today I ploughed up it at 12mph in "2" on the front, "3" on the back (sorry, still a newbie :tongue:) and wasn't really affected by it - I even managed to have a conversation with someone when I got to the top without gasping for air :biggrin:

    Keep plodding on and Im sure youll be fine :eek:
     
  5. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Is that a euphemism?
     
  6. nigelb

    nigelb New Member

    Must admit I cycle in to work (7 miles) then have brekkie when I get here.

    I do make sure I have a couple of glasses of water before I set off though ;-)

    Nige
     
  7. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    No. Isn't it a bit of cloth which goes around your head?:eek:
     
  8. Brahan

    Brahan Über Member

    Location:
    West Sussex
    Hi Jo25

    Just make sure you're well hydrated before you take your ride. You should manage the commute without needing food and as your fitness increases you'll be looking to peg on more miles in the morning. You'll be surprised how far you can run on empty, just remember to drink plenty of water before you set off.
     
  9. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    I do my 15mile commute on nothing. Soetimes without any water first
     
  10. Brahan

    Brahan Über Member

    Location:
    West Sussex
    Yeah but you cycle so slowly that you probably don't need a drink.




    :eek:
     
  11. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I have breakfast probably about 45 minutes before I leave on my 11.5 mile commute (with hills). I never have a problem.

    Why get up so long before I leave? The rest of the time I spend getting the kids up! :eek:
     
  12. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    It's rare I have breakfast till I get to work....ESP on very early turns.

    Normally have a pint of tea though and a stare at the computer/make my sandwiches.

    I get up an hour before I leave on any early morning shift.
     
  13. Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    Unless you're continually starving yourself or have a very crap diet I think for that sort of distance eating beforehand would be neither here nor there with respect to how much energy you feel you have.
     
  14. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
  15. OP
    OP
    Jo25

    Jo25 Senior Member

    Cheers for the replies so far and am glad to hear that not eating breakfast before leaving may not make much of a difference (although there goes one of the excuses for it taking so long!). Though I now have some good suggestions of what to eat beforehand if I feel the need.

    HJ - I do always eat breakfast - though not till I get to work when I bike in.
     
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