davecole wrote:parawolf wrote:SpanishMan wrote:parawolf wrote:You aren't racing it... you are taking it slowly (comparatively) so 'carb loading' or filling up glycogen stores is non-essential.
Eat a good hearty easy to digest breakfast on the morning (eg porridge) and eat regularly small healthy bits through the day.
Hmmm I am not sure about that. It's not a race, but it's a very long ride so I would think that a proper "racing" diet or something more for a long distance rider is suitable. Put it this way, I would not eat pasta and fill up with eneergy bars etc for the hell of it if I was not going on a fair-dinkum ride.... and besides porridge is heavy and digests too slowly to gain energy loads more efficiently. Pear juice would be better suited in that case!
*sigh* okay... whatever you feel like then. You asked for someone to give you an opinion since you are unable to form one of your own suitably.
Around the Bay isn't a HARD ride, it's just a LONG ride. You don't need anything special apart from constant grazing on food such as fruit and my favorite fruit cake during the ride.
I did 180km down to Arthurs Seat and back a few weeks ago in weather conditions similar to today. Porridge for breakfast with a glass of sustagen sport chocolate. The rest of the ride was done on 2 slices of coles brand dark fruit cake, 2 bananas and 4 bidons of water. Averaged over 29km/h for the ride, got home had some lunch and went out for the afternoon with my wife.
You can take the voice of reason and experience or you can fall into the idea that you HAVE to "carbo load".
However carbo loading in my opinion is truly only beneficial if you do a hard enough effort the day before to put your glycogen stores into exhaustion and then you "load" up on carbs to ensure that you are completely topped off.
Consider that the pace you will be riding that means you will be able to consume enough normal low GI food while riding to keep sufficient glycogen stores from going into debt (providing you have done enough distance/time in the saddle to prepare the body for such endurance).
Normal food and normal quantities of it.
No need to carbo load, just make sure you eat well the day before and have a good breakfast of something you know you can digest on the bike. Porridge is my preferred breakfast before a big ride, and I also use coles fruit cake for petrol on the bike. In case of emergency I have a bidon with double strength endura that can be used to create 2 x normal strength endura drinks in my other bidon.
Make sure you eat steadily while on the bike. I cut the 800g fruit cake into 8 slices (100g each) and then each of those into 4 soldiers. I eat a soldier every 45 minutes or so. I will take 4 x 100g slices (16 soldiers) just in case I need more petrol than I had planned.
If you experiment with new foods and food quantities in an attempt to carbo load you might regret it.
Okayyy.. I get it. Thanks guys. That was very informative. Well, I won't be digesting any more cycling-mens mags for a while. They are really wrong if what you guys say it's true. The rubbish they promote is more akin to the diet of a dinosaur or Arnie! I like the idea of the coles fruit cake cut into sections. Which one would you recommend from Coles? The moist or dry types? Thanks