Before or After?

austin_parratt
austin_parratt Posts: 29
edited June 2010 in Road beginners
Hi,

If you are going out for an evening ride, do you tend to go before, so straight after work (with snacks on way ;-) ..) or after dinner..? If after, how long do you tend to leave it?

Up until now I have always tried to get out as soon as I get home, but with the light evenings..?!

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  • stokepa31
    stokepa31 Posts: 559
    I tend to eat a substantial lunch when im going to ride in the evenings and just have a snack when i get home. My Evening rides only tend to be 20-25 so I dont find the need to take on huge amounts of food.
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  • Mark Elvin
    Mark Elvin Posts: 997
    I tend to go out after tea and once the kids are in bed.
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  • richk
    richk Posts: 564
    If I have an evening TT, I'll normally have porridge when I get home, go out & TT, then eat a dinner (often beans or scrambled egg on toast) when I get back home.
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  • matt-sport
    matt-sport Posts: 39
    same here, if i got a tt in the evening i will eat a light snack about an hour before. then have tea after the race. i don't really do long rides in the evening becuase at my pace it would still get dark before i got home. so i normally do shorter ride at a higher intensity. would echo whats been said about having a big dinner to get you through the ride.

    but you have always got that carrot dangling in front of you if you have tea after your ride! :lol:
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    Hmmm, it really depends, I've gone out for an hour ride on an empty stomach, I've gone out for an hour ride after dinner, seems to make very little difference to the feel of the ride to me, but the only hard and fast rule I have is that I will leave at least 30mins after a meal before going out.

    I used to leave at least an hour when running, but I don't need an hour for cycling.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I find if I eat first I often feel too full for too long to contemplate riding, then put it off due to apathy or something good on telly.

    Best way is a quick snack as soon as I get home then out on the bike before I lose the urge.
  • ... Thanks all .. I recon a quick snack (on works time) then out for my 30 mile blast ... :)
  • Mad Roadie
    Mad Roadie Posts: 710
    bike first eat later - if at all!
  • Stewie Griffin
    Stewie Griffin Posts: 4,330
    keef66 wrote:
    I find if I eat first I often feel too full for too long to contemplate riding, then put it off due to apathy or something good on telly.

    Best way is a quick snack as soon as I get home then out on the bike before I lose the urge.

    Me too, ate as soon as I got in as was starving. Am now watching the tour series and am trying to persuade myself to go out and watch springwatch on iplayer and not wait until its finished
  • Hals1967
    Hals1967 Posts: 231
    Evenings I usually go out half an hour after my meal. Usually a run of 15 - 20 - 25 miles depending how hard a day it's been although I did a 45 the other evening on the spur of the moment. I always have some drink made up ready to take.
    I work shifts so vary my riding times depending on which shift I'm on plus I commute by bike too and figure that into my mileage.


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  • spinndrift
    spinndrift Posts: 185
    I try and go out as soon as I get home from work for 20 - 25 miles.

    I find if I get home and say I'll go out later I end up not going out - the only downside is that I tend to eat much later now but I suppose with my metabolism having had a big kick the effects aren't too bad.
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