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What foods should I be eating before riding or to give me the energy to build stamina and fitness?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Breatnac, 6 Feb 2008.

  1. Breatnac

    Breatnac New Member

    What foods should I be eating before riding or to give me the energy to build stamina and fitness?

    I have just started cycling after not cycling for since school.

    I am after any advice I can get on diet or cycling. I have started a blog to plot my discoveries along the way. It is at http://breatnac.blogspot.com/

    I have signed up for the London to Cambridge cycle ride in July and the London to Brighton cycle ride in July.

    I have started getting sponsorship for the London to Cambridge, if you have any advice about any of these issues please either reply to this or add a comment to my blog.

    Many Thanks

    Breatnac
     
  2. longers

    longers Veteran

    Porridge is excellent pre-ride fuel, you can add dried fruit to it for extra benefits. It's cheap, quick, easy and full of the right carbohydrates to allow for slow energy release. I was advised not to set off immediately to allow for some digestion before riding.
     
  3. andygates

    andygates New Member

    The brown-bread banana and honey sandwich is a time-honoured classic. xx(

    Basically, you're after a modest portion of slow carbs around an hour before setting out.

    * Modest because a heavy meal will sit in your belly.

    * Slow carbs - brown bread, oats, that sort of thing - so that you get a steady release of energy.

    * A while before because riding and digesting don't mix - this is very personal, for me it's 2h so I always do my morning rides on an empty stomach. Experiment!
     
  4. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    eat well the day before then follow the above suggestions.
     
  5. col

    col Veteran

    The night before,get some pasta or jacket spud down you,sets you up nicely for the next day,then as above,as already said.
     
  6. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.
  7. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    your better off not cooking the potato for it to be too soft. the softer the potato the quicker it will be obsorbed into the body, the quicker it turns to fat, which is good for long distances if that's what your planning. Aim to get in protein as well on your ride otherwise the body will break down mucle protein for energy leaving your muscle not able to cope with recovery.
     
  8. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Some eggs for brekky works a treat.
    Scrambled eggs on wholemeal bread with baked beans is a complete protein meal...good for you too. A healthy way to start the day. :smile:
     
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Big Pies?

    When I was a kid we filled a pocket with little bits of bread and jam.
     
  10. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    I might try the jam sarnie thing myself this weekend.:smile:....I love them....and it sounds like they do well for your energy.
     
  11. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Location:
    Deepest Dorset
    i have porridge for a couple of hour ride and i can get away with an hour before, i usually top up with banana as get bike ready and check it over, I also try to get in a couple of pints of water too, usually need a pee stop in first half hour or so.
    If shorter harder workout i dont do anything special is that the right thing to do?
     
  12. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    I have now found a good formula for me.
    Brekky cereal us usual...cornflakes.....when I get up.
    An Apple.
    Tehn about 45 mins before I go out I cook some noodles (dried pack with sachet of flavouring). Take a couple of choccy bars with me....and that see me sorted for easily 50+ miles.
     
  13. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I shall be heading out for 200km or so tomorrow morning, and have just eaten 2 x homemade cheeseburgers and a large bag of chipshop chips. Perhaps best not follow my eating plan ;)
     
  14. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Thats pretty much what I had last nigth too.
    Plus an egg and some baked beans....mmmmmm:smile:
     
  15. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Oh, an egg and some beans would have made it even more lovely. ;)