squeazasis wrote:OK, just read through all the posts in this thread. Is food for long rides covered anywhere else on the forum?
A couple of weeks ago I made my first purchases of powerbar products (gels, jube lollies and bars), and then on Sunday I bought Gu Chomps and Electrolyte Shotz at Leknicks. Will have to re-stock dried fruit, and nutty muesli bars today (have some bananas), then I'll be set to go! Will also take a few cold potatoes. What I'd like to find out though, is in what proportions to eat the various types of foods? I'll be eating a lot all up no doubt, but just a question of what's the best balance between sports bars, gels/chomps, and "normal" food? And are the packet gels best kept for emergencies only (and what about the Gu Chomps.... are they also emergencies only or are they good to nibble on in between other food)? Also, should I eat some muesli for breakfast before the ride if I have time, or is it best sticking with an Up and Go and a banana? (On my usual early morning rides I just have an Up and Go and nothing else before the ride.)
If you normally have an Up n Go then stick with that for breakfast.
The difference between riding half a day and riding all day is the endurance and how your body reacts to it over an extended period of time
Bananas don't travel well and ripen easily in a jersey pocket. As they ripen they become higher in GI. If you are going to carry a banana then aim to eat it early
Beware of glucose
overload. Glucose in the gut draws water from you and in to the gut - this can result in diarrhea ie. avoid too much glucose
Gatorade = glucose = not recommeneded for extended time on the bike
Through the ride, eat a little and eat often. Alternate what you eat (sweet vs savoury) so that you don't get tired of eating the same thing. Eat foods you would normally eat.
A simple food is a sandwich, crusts cut off to make it easier to eat. One piece of bread, a bit of butter and vegemite, peanut butter or nutella. Fold bread in half and then cut in half. Wrap individually in glad wrap and you have two example size food portions that travel easily.
Gels are fine but remember you are not racing so you don't need them through the entire
ride. As an aim, you should not need to touch a gel before you get back
to Frankston (ie. Melbourne - Sorrento - Frankston)
A simple ironman tip if you get really stuck on the way back, drink some regular Coke (not the diet stuff
). You should be able to make it back to Mordialloc before you would need this.
As with Duckmeister, I am a fan of Torq products. I mainly use them in enduros (eg 6+hrs) and have used on long rides. I have also used other products but have found Torq is by far the most effective for me. I have not heard of anyone having issues with Torq gels so if you are really concerned about having problems but needing a gel then it might be worth stopping by Jones Cycles in Frankston on the way down and getting a Torq gel