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carb loading for a long ride

fuzzynavelfuzzynavel Posts: 718
edited November 2008 in Training, fitness and health
I have been out for a ride tonight but I have a much longer ride tomorrow. How many calories should I take on if I want to load up for tomorrow. How much would be too much?
17 Stone down to 12.5 now raring to get back on the bike!

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  • bahzobbahzob Posts: 2,195
    Typically you would only use carb loading for races and even then jury is not finally in.

    If you want to get more info on methods look here

    http://www.active.com/story.cfm?CHECKSSO=0&STORY_ID=12998&CATEGORY=Running&NUM=0

    (But see last paragraph "Having said all of this, I would like to note finally that carbo-loading in general has been shown to enhance race performance only when athletes consume little or no carbohydrate during the race itself. If you do use a sports drink or sports gels to fuel your race effort -- as you should -- prior carbo-loading probably will have no effect. But it doesn't hurt to do it anyway, as insurance"
    Martin S. Newbury RC
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