While I suspect most of you couldn’t possibly care less about my eating habits, even if you tried really hard to do so, today I’m posting a note about nutrition and keeping things simple.
I rarely even bother to read the articles devoted to matters of diet and nutrition vis-a-vis various cycling habits, styles, goals, etc. that appear in every issue of Bicycling magazine. Moreover, part of the attraction I have to cycling is the freedom it affords me to eat just about whatever I want, so long as I’m riding regularly, because I can always count on burning off the calories. However, I do put a little bit of thought into what I eat before, during, and after more substantive rides, because it clearly makes a difference in how I feel and in the overall quality of the ride experience.
This morning, I got out for a little over 40 miles. (Click here if you’re interested in seeing the route. There’s a roughly one-mile stretch on Sharp Road that’s unpaved, but not only were the surface conditions as good or better than any number of commonly traveled, “paved” roads in Lenawee County — take Laberdee for example — it’s also a terrific location to “see a man about a horse,” if you take my meaning, at the side of the road.) For breakfast, just before leaving for the ride, I ate a healthy-sized bowl of multi-grain Cheerios with banana. During the ride, about 20 or 25 miles in, I paused for a Nature Value granola bar. Upon arriving home, I hate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. For hydration, I drank a 20oz. bottle of water over the first half of the ride, and another 20oz. bottle of Gatorade over the second half. I feel fantastic.
Anyone else have a ride-friendly meal plan or snack tips they like to share with the group?
So who’s planning to ride the inaugural Tour de Tecumseh in support of the Community Arts of Tecumseh on Sunday morning? Hope to see you there.