time gap betwen breakfast and going for a ride

sloweey
sloweey Posts: 89
edited August 2012 in Road general
my rides are usually mid afternoon cause of my mrs working and me having the kids ..this morning shes off so i went for early morning spin...i had 2 peices of toast and 2 weetabix ...and went straight out ..after 6 miles stomach felt fucked and i found ride little harder than usual .....should i have left it longer between the 2 before i went out

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  • t.m.h.n.e.t
    t.m.h.n.e.t Posts: 2,265
    Yes
  • sloweey
    sloweey Posts: 89
    how long should of been left ideally
  • t.m.h.n.e.t
    t.m.h.n.e.t Posts: 2,265
    1-2hrs
  • thistle_
    thistle_ Posts: 7,142
    How far were you planning on riding?

    On my morning commute I set off 5-10 minutes after finishing breakfast, but I only have 1 slice of toast which is enough for the distance I do.
  • What you ate sounds ample however you should have really took a few bananas for the quick release energy, it works for me anyway!
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  • If I'm going out on an early ride I have a bowl of muesli/fruit & fibre etc cereal the night before. This ensures I empty my bowels in the morning! I then eat 2 slices of toast with 1 boiled egg & a double strength coffee. I set off half an hour after this breakfast. It seems to work for me. :)
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  • t.m.h.n.e.t
    t.m.h.n.e.t Posts: 2,265
    What you ate sounds ample however you should have really took a few bananas for the quick release energy, it works for me anyway!
    Considering a previous fast of 8hrs + it isn't much really.
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    A couple of minutes.I eat a banana before my 20 mile ride to work, suits me. For a longer ride I'll do the same but just eat more breakfast as I go.
  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    I usually leave an hour or so unless I've really eaten a lot.... for a big ride I'd eat a lot.. then wait two hours and have a banana or something straight before.
  • crescent
    crescent Posts: 1,201
    Depending on your digestive cycle, it is worth leaving time to let nature take its course before you go out. Not a pleasant feeling if you need to go when you are out on your bike. Very detrimental to performance.
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  • jameses
    jameses Posts: 653
    Crescent wrote:
    Depending on your digestive cycle, it is worth leaving time to let nature take its course before you go out. Not a pleasant feeling if you need to go when you are out on your bike. Very detrimental to performance.

    :lol: This! Cup of strong coffee with breakfast, wait an hour or so and leave home a few hundred grams lighter :lol:
  • team47b
    team47b Posts: 6,425
    You should always exercise when your blood glucose is rising or you will drive it down rapidly and bonk. It takes about 15 minutes for fast acting carbs, so as long as you wait 15 minutes after eating your fuel will be available. If you don't eat breakfast your liver will provide glycogen for energy and you can top this back up with carbs after your exercise.
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  • nwmlarge
    nwmlarge Posts: 778
    i do my morning commute un fuelled
    just get up and go cycling 16miles in an hour then eat
  • Phil_D
    Phil_D Posts: 467
    20 mile commute every morning. Bowl of Frosties and cup of coffee at 20 past, on my bike 50 minutes later. Never any problems (although I do have a shit every morning before I leave).
  • Leeuw
    Leeuw Posts: 99
    When I used to commute I would ride to work, then have breakfast - but that was a gentle tryingnottogetsweaty spin of about 8 miles.

    If I'm doing a proper ride, I'll leave at least an hour between finishing eating and heading out - I normally eat muesli in warm weather, and porridge in cold...
  • twoshots
    twoshots Posts: 58
    I have two routines. The 'commute' and the 'group ride'.

    Commute: fall out of bed, drink a pint of water that's sat on the bedside table all night, brush teeth, crawl into lycra, realise I'm late, drink another half pint, leave (sometimes as little as 15 minutes after falling out of bed), hammer it all the way to work swearing and sweating. Shower and drink a litre of water/cordial + 2 coffees, eat sometime later (usually 2 hours after I get to work). This is not optimium nutrition!

    Group ride: fall out of bed, drink a pint of water that's sat on the bedside table all night, brush teeth, crawl into lycra, realise I'm late, starting cramming anything I can get my hands on into my mouth. Weetabix (3), banana, apple. Drink another pint of cordial/electrolyte concoction on route to start of ride. I need a homemade flapjack/granola bar around 20 miles into the ride then I'm good for another 20 miles. This is not optimum nutrition!

    There is a common theme here and it is accentuated if red wine/beer was consumed the nigt before!
  • nwmlarge wrote:
    i do my morning commute un fuelled
    just get up and go cycling 16miles in an hour then eat

    +1. Teaches your body to burn fat instead of relying on carbs and processed sugars.
    I'm at that difficult age... somewhere between birth and death.
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    nwmlarge wrote:
    i do my morning commute un fuelled
    just get up and go cycling 16miles in an hour then eat

    +1. Teaches your body to burn fat instead of relying on carbs and processed sugars.

    +2 Unless it's a big ride or a race I go out and train for 90 mins, fast and unfuelled. Since doing this I have lost a stone in 6 weeks without reducing my calorie intake.
  • I eat something small for an am weekday ride (breakfast bar etc) ride 20 miles or so then eat a proper breakfast after. On a weekend with more time I'll empty bowels, eat a decent breakfast then ride more or less straight after. Find what works for you I guess, only exercise I can't do straight after food is running.
  • BlakeysFC
    BlakeysFC Posts: 233
    I left exactly an hour and 20 minutes between my finishing eating my porridge and going on my 2 x a week 8 mile ride and felt full of energy
  • team47b
    team47b Posts: 6,425
    nwmlarge wrote:
    i do my morning commute un fuelled
    just get up and go cycling 16miles in an hour then eat

    +1. Teaches your body to burn fat instead of relying on carbs and processed sugars.

    A lack of carbs teaches your body to store fat too, it uses glycogen for fuel and triggers insulin which burns some of the glycogen and stores some as fat as the body is concerned by the lack of carbs and stores fat against future starvation. Better to fuel up with carbs that you will burn and will not turn to fat, eating more carbs than you can burn produces fat.
    my isetta is a 300cc bike
  • nwmlarge
    nwmlarge Posts: 778
    team47b wrote:
    nwmlarge wrote:
    i do my morning commute un fuelled
    just get up and go cycling 16miles in an hour then eat

    +1. Teaches your body to burn fat instead of relying on carbs and processed sugars.

    A lack of carbs teaches your body to store fat too, it uses glycogen for fuel and triggers insulin which burns some of the glycogen and stores some as fat as the body is concerned by the lack of carbs and stores fat against future starvation. Better to fuel up with carbs that you will burn and will not turn to fat, eating more carbs than you can burn produces fat.

    it gets fed within ten mins of stopping activity so i doubt it is storing much
  • Pigtail
    Pigtail Posts: 424
    I have the same routine every day. Cook a bowl of porridge, eat it with some raisins and two cups of green tea. If I'm going for a ride I go as soon as I'm ready, though that probably takes 20 minutes or so, tootering about and making sure I have everything I need. If its a long ride, 50 + miles I may eat a banana as well before I go. After the ride I then have a second breakfast, usually oatcakes, cheese some water and a cup of coffee.
  • Rench88
    Rench88 Posts: 27
    If it's just a commute or a morning ride of less than an hour I would just go without. Anything longer I get up a bit earlier and allow time to eat something.