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(Slow) Century Nutrition Advice

bigwillybigwilly Posts: 23
edited March 2011 in Amateur race
Can some one give me some ideas about what sort of nutrition/additives/gels etc would you recommend i consume, at what rate and what I eat/drink before after the ride when i do my charity ride from Knutsford, Cheshire > Holyhead, Angelsy in 5 weeks!

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  • jocksyboyjocksyboy Posts: 135
    Have you not done similar distances as part of your training?
    When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells
  • bigwillybigwilly Posts: 23
    Not yet ! Quite new to it, hence the questions lol.
  • emxemx Posts: 164
    would make more sense to ask the question in the training forum
  • jocksyboyjocksyboy Posts: 135
    the reason for my question was more of what you ate for shorter rides.

    however if your training has been sparse then it's difficult to say- the body takes time to adapt to training and to the food that it can ingest whilst exercising.

    the only thing to do is try a variation and see what works.
    There is no shortcut!
    When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells
  • bigwillybigwilly Posts: 23
    Sorry if ive posted this in the wrong section...New to the forum !

    My main concern is what quantitys of things ill need? I read about these gels and will hopefully be testing a few of CNCs good this weekend so do i go from there?

    is there any rules of thumb e.g. 100 calories every 10 mins or something ? or 100 every mile?

    Do/should i add anything to my water?

    How much water should i take ( i have a 1.5l camel sac - is that enough lol)

    Any special pre/post ride products or DIY style food stuffs should be tryiing/buying

    Any links to something that i have not found on here that will tell me all ?
  • jocksyboyjocksyboy Posts: 135
    the short answer is that it is different for everyone.

    Do a search on nutrition and what to eat and everyone will have different suggestions.

    If i was doing a century i would have a normal breakfast muesli, 2 slices of toast with jam and a coffee or 2.

    i would take 2 bottles one with water one with energy drink. i would take 3 or 4 cereal bars and a couple of gels as an emergency back up.

    Having said that this would vary enormously depending on speed/ intensity/ temperature and hilliness of the ride.
    When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells
  • Tom ButcherTom Butcher Posts: 7,137
    For a low intensity effort I think you'd be better off sticking with normal food rather than gels. Stuff like bananas, flapjack or whatever you fancy. Maybe use a dilute sports drink (more dilute than the manufacturer will recommend) but there is really no need to overboard on these products for a ride like this and I think you risk intestinal problems during the ride if you rely heavily on them.

    it's a hard life if you don't weaken.
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