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1/7/12 2:31 A

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Nature Valley Granola Bars are a standby. Also, Gu or HammerGel although Honey works just as well for most. On hot days when electrolytes are key, Cytomax/Gatorade. Jerky is the dirty little secret of many cyclists although there are better quality brands out there (Krave Jerky, even vegetarian "jerky" etc.).

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1/6/12 8:11 A

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I try hard at keeping most things simple. So, I sip water every 15 minutes and take a slug of pure honey every hour. That does the trick for me.

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1/6/12 12:05 A

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Don't you just love them!

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1/5/12 7:34 P

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Since I responded to this topic, I have gotten a camelbak water bladder. It is so easy to drink now with out having to reach down.

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1/5/12 5:23 P

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This summer I feel in love with Stinger Waffles and Stinger honey gel.

Also this summer on real long hard rides (over 60 mi), I would carry a PB & J sandwich in my jersey and eat it when we stopped at a convenience store where I had to buy salt & vinegar potato chips and a Mt Dew. It became a ritual. Cyclist are a little nutty sometimes. emoticon

This winter I have been packing Nature Valley PB granola bars (you know the crunchy kind!) and a thermos of warm chai or green tea. Heaven!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”-Lance Armstrong


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11/1/11 8:02 P

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Great topic and great responses!

I'm newer to biking and primarily mountain bike, if I have my way (although, this weekend I finally bought a road bike!!!). Early on, I learned a few bad lessons:
1) if I drink water that the rate that I WANT to when I exercise, I get nauseous. I think it's because my system's electrolytes get diluted. So, I've replaced my water with Propel, which is basically gatorade without the calories. Yeah, tons of artificial sweetners, but I gotta sin somewhere... Nice thing is that it comes in a dry mix packet, so I don't need to buy the big plastic bottles all the time.
2) After a very dangerous hypoglycemic episode that ended with a nice ranger driving our bikes back to the trailhead so the park wouldn't close on us, I ALWAYS carry a snack.

My preference is almonds, trail mix or granola bars. Something without chocolate. Nothing against chocolate (nothing at ALL against chocolate), but when the CA sun hits my Camelback - my beautiful chocolate is no fun.

My friend is very fond of Jerky. Crazy salty to keep the water in, and lots o' protein.

Of course, enough can't be said about a solid, nutritious meal that morning (or lunch, if you're riding late). Many of us are trying to lose weight, but before a big ride is no time to shortchange yourself on calories or nutrition.

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11/1/11 6:12 P

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Good breakfast in the morning, like others have noted, I just sling 2 bottles of water for rides under say, 1.75 hours. A little more than that, I'll probably pack a Clif bar and maybe one of the bottles will be diluted Gatorade. I typically only use gels during a race, maybe for longer rides. For real long rides, I like the legit solid stuff. Spam musubi is some tasty, easily packable fuel. ymmv.

I recently tried those honey waffle things and some powerbar bites. Both were pretty good.

Edited by: KA_JUN at: 11/1/2011 (18:13)
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11/1/11 4:44 P

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this weekend I tried DDORN's advice and just fueled up with oatmeal before heading out. It's easier to do this later in the year since the trails don't open up until after 7am with sunrise. Earlier in the year I'm on the trail at 6am so I use the fasting workout method or eat half of a PureFit bar before heading out. anyway, surprisingly I wasn't all that hungry after my 2 hour ride. So either way can work for me.

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11/1/11 4:13 P

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Ditto on water only during rides. Occasionally on a longer ride if I feel like I'm noticeably flagging or get the early bonk warning of a headache (which is how they come on for me) I'll go with a sugar soda or chocolate milk.

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11/1/11 3:13 P

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Anything over 25 miles per ride, I'll bring some Clif Blokz. They're little gummies that are absolutely delicious and give me a pretty solid boost of energy and protein. As for liquid, I only ever drink water on a ride.

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10/28/11 3:30 P

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I like to keep it simple, too. Gels and Gus are OUT, just really nasty to me, especially in hot weather. I carry small PayDays and they work great for me. I only carry water on my bike, but if I stop somewhere I get a Gatorade to drink.

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One Day at a Time:
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2) fruit & vegie at every meal and log
3) aerobic or strength train every day
4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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10/28/11 12:26 P

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Back when I raced there weren't any Powerbars or similar products. Most of my teammates liked apple Newtons best but I preferred soft chewy granola bars. On really long rides (over 100 miles) a lot of riders carried boiled new potatoes. The most popular sports drink of the day was half defizzed Coke and half water. Sounds awful but tastes surprisingly good when you are tired. Gatorade was out but most athletes were still suspicious of it and considered it more of a drink for poseurs.
After Clif bars came out I was a fan. They tasted good, were easy to chew and didn't require a lot of saliva to swallow. Now my favorite is Larabars; cherry pie flavor is delicious sometimes hard to find this year so I've had to settle for apple pie flavor lately but it is really good too.
I see Clif and Larabars as convenient. They are a little over a buck, easy to grab on the way out the door and hit the spot when my tummy gets grumbly on rides. There are lot of other things that will work as well.

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10/28/11 9:04 A

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I think one of the things I do to keep my fueling needs down during a ride is to have a good breakfast beforehand. Usually either a bowl of oats or scrambled eggs and an apple.

Don

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10/28/11 8:57 A

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Great suggestions so far... one more to add. Some guys in my group carry mini stuffed pretezels. I believe some are stuffed with cheese and some peanut butter. They pick them up at the bulk store. Apparently, its a good combo of protein carbs and salt. You only need a few and they travel well.

Another guy on our team, just finished the Italian Deca Ironman... Tony Reed, is his name and he has been known to carry pizza, grilled cheese and even a chicken leg has been found sticking out of the back of his bike shirt. So, depending on your length of travel and how much your tummy can take, I'd say just about anything's possible!

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10/28/11 8:27 A

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I'm a keep-it-simple sorta guy too. I bring an apple or banana with me, sometimes almonds or peanuts. On our longer club rides we usually stop for lunch in the middle. Unless I'm not going to do lunch I rarely see a need for any extra fuel and never buy any of those (IMHO) over-priced, over-processed protein bars.

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10/28/11 7:02 A

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I like things nice and simple. It is for that reason that I limit my nutrition to Gatorade, water and plain honey. It works well for me on long rides. On short rides (2hrs or less) I limit myself to water.

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10/27/11 8:32 P

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One of my favorites is dates stuffed with almond butter. I buy the whole ones and take out the pit and put some almond butter inside. You can make a couple and put them in a baggie. They travel pretty well unless it's a bit warm then they get mushy.

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10/27/11 6:16 P

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I take some fruit (apples, bananas) and string cheese. I also have extra water behind me as well as my reachable water bottle.

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10/27/11 5:12 P

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I'm (finally!) riding long enough that I notice the difference that a little mid-ride fuel makes, not only in the end of my ride but for the next day or two. Now I'm in that stage of trying to find what will work best for me. I don't really like super-sweet stuff while I'm exercising (makes my mouth feel uncomfortably gummy), and I don't want to drop tons of cash trying out all those energy bars if I don't really have to.

Any recommendations? Faves? Things-to-be-avoided at all costs?

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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