Fuel Is Essential to Endurance Riding
The following comes from my notes from the Trans America Bike Race (2019).
Fuel is essential to endurance riding. I find I can, and need to eat, almostconstantly. The “almost” comes in because sometimes I have to pay attention to something other than my mouth, like traffic or navigation. The better I eat interms of frequency, quality, and quantity, the better I ride.
It's currently 6:10 in the evening. I just had a steak dinner with beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, and beverages in a restaurant. Below is a list of food I repacked to start the evening. I am assuming that by the time I start riding tomorrow, almost all of that will have gone into my stomach.
All of thisis immediately available within reach and requires little concentration while Iride:
· Three quarters pound of “Franken” trail mix (a mix of severaltrail mixes that I purchased over the last several days)
· A nice, nutty-based granola bar and Cliff bar
· A Nature Valley bar, which just kind of acts as oatmeal for me
· Bag of salted cashews
· Some liquid that to turns water into Gatorade-y shit
· Espresso Love GU package
· Honey-roasted peanuts and dry-roasted peanuts
· A liter of Dr. Pepper and a liter of ice water
In addition in my “LunchBag” in front of my handlebars I am carrying:
· A piece of yummy cheesecake with blueberry sauce
· About a quarter pound of grapes
· Chewy sports “blocks”
· At least two other GU packets
· At least two more granola bars of some Nature Valley variety,because I've been getting them by the box lately
· Two extra-large Reese's peanut butter cups
· Yogurt that was going to be breakfast today, but I forgot about;it will still be good by tomorrow (frame bag)
· Banana (jersey pocket)
And in my seat bag second dinner:
· Two extremely large burritos (think Chipotle size)
A second dinner was consumed three hours and 15 minutes afterthe steak dinner. Riding was rarely as strong.