When to eat your Jelly babies?

vfast1
vfast1 Posts: 98
edited June 2013 in Road general
So you know you're coming up to a hill so how long beforehand do you start to eat you're fav energy boosting treat?
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  • declan1
    declan1 Posts: 2,470
    I only eat energy-boosting treats either on 60+ mile rides or races. Everything else doesn't really need it.

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    I have no idea what's going on here.
  • Pituophis
    Pituophis Posts: 1,025
    declan1 wrote:
    I only eat energy-boosting treats either on 60+ mile rides or races. Everything else doesn't really need it.

    Of course not, you're 17 remember :roll: :mrgreen:
  • declan1
    declan1 Posts: 2,470
    Pituophis wrote:
    declan1 wrote:
    I only eat energy-boosting treats either on 60+ mile rides or races. Everything else doesn't really need it.

    Of course not, you're 17 remember :roll: :mrgreen:

    I might have the energy, but I certainly don't have the legs :P

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    I have no idea what's going on here.
  • JayKosta
    JayKosta Posts: 635
    You would have to eat easy to digest food at least 30 minutes before expecting it to be of any benefit. For a difficult hill, make sure you've had enough to drink a few minutes before. Eating during a ride is for the next 'several hours', not the next few minutes.
    If you know the ride will contain difficult climbs, then make sure you've had enough to eat at least an hour before starting.

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  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    I've heard for the likes of energy gels then at least 15 minutes before the climb. Although would it not be better to eat one jelly baby every mile than 10 jelly babies after every 10 miles?
  • rusty_nail
    rusty_nail Posts: 42
    I got a cheap box of Clif Shot Bloks and while they taste nice and seem to give me a boost of energy, is there actually any advantage to eating them over Jelly Babies?
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    I'm beginning to think I'm solar powered! I've done a few longer rides recently and only had squash in my water bottle to keep me going, i'm no racer though that's for sure!
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  • Rodders30
    Rodders30 Posts: 314
    I save the jelly beans for when im royally done in. They arey life saver. I have all the gels and food normally.
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  • wheezee
    wheezee Posts: 461
    Went out today with a pocketful of foam shrimp sweets. Much lighter and more aerodynamic than your old-school Jelly Baby. They're also 30% stiffer and more vertically compliant.
  • ednino
    ednino Posts: 684
    I tend not to eat anything on a 40-50 mile ride. I'd rather just ride

    On the big ones I try to make sure I get some food in. Like others have said, get the food in long before you need it
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Reese's Pieces are sooooooo much nicer than jelly babies :P
    Cut the corner of the bag just right and they are easy to manage too :wink:
  • stueys
    stueys Posts: 1,332
    ednino wrote:
    I tend not to eat anything on a 40-50 mile ride. I'd rather just ride

    On the big ones I try to make sure I get some food in. Like others have said, get the food in long before you need it

    I'm happy upto 2 hrs without food, can go longer but i find I start to feel it in the legs the next day if I drain my glycogen completely.

    Re the time to feeling benefit there is research that suggests the body responds to carb mouthwashes or a gel fairly immediately as it knows its about to get some juice. I find a caffeine gel 5 mins before a big hill on a long ride perks me up a bit. Jelly babies I would think take longer
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    I have used them on 2 rides, after the first 1.5hours and then every half hour I eat one.
    Seemed to work.
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  • Sprool
    Sprool Posts: 1,022
    wheezee wrote:
    Went out today with a pocketful of foam shrimp sweets. Much lighter and more aerodynamic than your old-school Jelly Baby. They're also 30% stiffer and more vertically compliant.
    You know thats given me an insatiable craving for sugar shrimps now. I'm gonna have to get me down to the newsagents early before work :mrgreen:
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,568
    I tend to use sugary crap only in an emergency to get my levels back up if I bonk. Most of the time you want slow releasing energy to avoid sugar spikes (and subsequent crashes).
  • hatch87
    hatch87 Posts: 352
    Wait a minute, I never realized there was a time not eat them. Mix them in with the porridge every morning, can't go without a jelly baby
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  • lakesluddite
    lakesluddite Posts: 1,337
    Never - I'm veggie!
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Never - I'm veggie!

    The green ones are surely made for you :)
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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Never - I'm veggie!

    This. :D
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  • marylogic
    marylogic Posts: 355
    They're not actually made from real babies :lol:
  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Indeed, but as a vegan I can't eat gelatin :P
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  • marylogic
    marylogic Posts: 355
    Sorry it was a poor attempt at humour :oops:
  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Oh don't you worry, it was well received on my end. I just felt that it was best to explain the actual reason to those not in the know ;)
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