Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 111- Nutrition Bite

A nutritional rule of thumb on a long ride is about 250 calories per hour, which breaks down to one Cliff  Bar per hour. On an 80-mile ride (assuming 17 mph average) pack 4 to 5 bars. Cliff bars are the most natural of all energy bars using organic ingredients. Also, homemade granola can be a very cheap alternative fuel source. Cliff Bars are GREAT, but not cheap. Homemade granola can also be tweaked with certain fruit/seed combinations/variations to provide proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Make sure you eat enough calories to prevent bonking.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Today, I bonked on a 123-mile ride. To prevent further exhaustion, I drank Sobe which tasted like cotton candy. Bonking is a miserable feeling. You run out of stored carbohydrates causing your speed to slow down considerably, and you feel like vomitting. On my next ride, I plan to buy electrolyte tablets and create a natural fruit juice such as watermelon juice. I need to be more creative because the sports drinks are loaded with refined sugar.

1 comment:

TimmyB. said...

I've seen some pretty interesting food items being consumed while riding a bike. Everything from a chicken leg to burritos. Personally though, I like to have something that is a little easier to pack like the Cliff Bar. Taste good and oh so convenient. They slip right in your jersey pocket and are easy to eat. Plus you don't have to worry about what to do with the chicken bone once you're finished with your snack.

P.S. Don't forget to throw your trash away, unless you're bringing you mom along on the ride and she's going to do it for you.