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Eggs, bacon, bread, milk, or peanut butter and banana with honey before?
Is supper before bed important?

How much to eat during. I never eat or drink enough. I don't know how much to eat, but I am going to try and over eat a bit. Lots of honey stinger waffles, and gels. Nuun in the water bottle. Maybe some pickle juice if they have it at the rest stop and more PBJ's and banana.
 

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Eggs, bacon, bread, milk, or peanut butter and banana with honey before?
Is supper before bed important?

How much to eat during. I never eat or drink enough. I don't know how much to eat, but I am going to try and over eat a bit. Lots of honey stinger waffles, and gels. Nuun in the water bottle. Maybe some pickle juice if they have it at the rest stop and more PBJ's and banana.
Pasta in large quantities can be great for carbo-loading the night before.
 

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Before my century 6 weeks ago, I ate:
For supper, Spaghetti and turkey meatballs.
For breakfast the morning of the ride I had a bowl of oatmeal and strawberries, and toast with butter and jam and coffee. 2 hours before.
On the ride I had PB&J sammies, mojo bars(I like) and gu with 2 bottles(1 per each 50) filled with 1/2 strength cytomax.
I had 3 sag bags setup. with 3 water bottles in each and 2 PB&Js in each and started with 1 water and 1 cytomax bottle.
Had 4 gu's until I could not stand another, not because I didn't need it.
I did ok, was very hungry and VERY thirsty after wards.

Please post what you do...
 

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Eggs, bacon, bread, milk, or peanut butter and banana with honey before?
Is supper before bed important?

How much to eat during. I never eat or drink enough. I don't know how much to eat, but I am going to try and over eat a bit. Lots of honey stinger waffles, and gels. Nuun in the water bottle. Maybe some pickle juice if they have it at the rest stop and more PBJ's and banana.
Pasta is great, but you need to be loading your glycogen stores all week. Loading the night before can actually have the reverse effect.

Before hand I've gone with steel cut oatmeal, hard boiled eggs with PB and honey toast. But that's what works for me. Not being a registered dietician/nutritionist, I can't give you specifics, however, I can guide away from what might not work.

The best way to do it is to experiment with different things on 4-6 hour rides to see how your body reacts. Without consulting with a specialist, this is about the most accurate way.

You definitely need to eat the night before, I wouldn't do a huge meal prior to bed time, but a snack should be ok.

As far hydration goes, you lose 600ml/lb of sweat/hour, so you need to find out what your sodium losses are and adjust you hyrdration strategy accordingly. Osmo is a killer product, as is nuun.

During the event, nibble at the rest stops, and don't take more than 3-5 mins/stop. Again, not knowing how your body absorbs/uses calories, its tough to determine how much you'll need to eat. This where the experimenting on the training rides is huge.

Hope that helps!
 

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Thanks guys. INTEGRATE is that 600 ML per pound of body weight? If my math is right that's 20 oz per hour per pound or 420 oz per hour for me. I don't think I am doing something right.

For breakfast I have steel cut oatmeal, so I'll eat a bowl of that with yogourt, honey, and a tad of cinamon. Got a 90 min drive, so I'll eat a pbj when I get there. Maybe a couple eggs too but I don't know.

Knee, generally I don't have too much stomach upset issues. Now I'm not gonna eat tobasco sauce the morning of either so...... However, Xela tends to carry "ammo" on the ride and I have to retaliate : -) or cower in submission.

The ride tomorrow is 109 miles with about 2500 feet of climbing, so it won't be too bad, but I think avoiding cramping will be the key to success. Lots of water with nuun. If all goes well, I plan on doing centuries on Sep 29, Oct 6 and Oct 14. Sounds cool but I will have to see if that sticks.
 

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I would ride the 82 mile ride, but I think I'll boycott because of the name. It bothers me that it's the 82/80 with them getting the 80 from 8000 feet of climbing. By that rational, I should be calling the Ride of the Immortals the 138/185. But, off topic. :)

I totally changed my eating before big rides this year. I have been consistently eating bacon, scrambled eggs, toast with butter and a banana. It's worked well so far as long as I eat it around 2 hours before the ride. That's definitely not the meal you eat as you're walking out the door. But the big thing to stress as others have said is it comes down to what works for your. I know Devin swears by PBJs before big rides, but when I have tried that, it seems to just ball up in my stomach.

I shouldn't admit this, but my meal before the Ride of the Immortals (mostly due to the fact that nothing was going to be open in that town before the ride) was a microwave panini and microwave mac-n-cheese.

And, Mars, I plan on filling the "ammo" with turkey burritos tonight. ;)
 

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mars_yeldir said:
Thanks guys. INTEGRATE is that 600 ML per pound of body weight? If my math is right that's 20 oz per hour per pound or 420 oz per hour for me. I don't think I am doing something right.

For breakfast I have steel cut oatmeal, so I'll eat a bowl of that with yogourt, honey, and a tad of cinamon. Got a 90 min drive, so I'll eat a pbj when I get there. Maybe a couple eggs too but I don't know.

Knee, generally I don't have too much stomach upset issues. Now I'm not gonna eat tobasco sauce the morning of either so...... However, Xela tends to carry "ammo" on the ride and I have to retaliate : -) or cower in submission.

The ride tomorrow is 109 miles with about 2500 feet of climbing, so it won't be too bad, but I think avoiding cramping will be the key to success. Lots of water with nuun. If all goes well, I plan on doing centuries on Sep 29, Oct 6 and Oct 14. Sounds cool but I will have to see if that sticks.
Mars, I got my numbers mixed up. Check out the "Endurolytes or Nuun" thread. It's got what you're looking for.
 

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"Given that we sweat out 600ml of sodium/L of sweat/Hour, with nuun having more sodium than Endurolytes, nuun would be better for cyclists because you need to drink more water to have them be effective. This making more sense simply because you can consume a lot more fluid on a bike ride/race than you would want to running."
 

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Well, finished Dam Jam. 109 miles and the garmin said about 4500 feet of climb. Farthest and hardest I have done. Cramps, sort butt sore back, sore abs, the list goes on. Fun ride though. I was actually growling at the end determined to make it.

Hard large bowl of oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. And a pbj 1 1/2 hours later just before the start. Drank noun, Gatorade, power aide, water and pickle juice. Used sport legs and a buddy gave me hammer electrolyte pills. Ate bananas, gels honey stinger waffles, a brownie, an orange and more. BBQ after. After the stops and tanking up on fluids, the cramps would ease up but come back. Heavy strain on the legs would bring instant cramp.

Lesson- drink, drink, drink, and drink some more. My stomach would feel sloshy and I needed more. More prep with longer rides too.
 

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mars_yeldir said:
Well, finished Dam Jam. 109 miles and the garmin said about 4500 feet of climb. Farthest and hardest I have done. Cramps, sort butt sore back, sore abs, the list goes on. Fun ride though. I was actually growling at the end determined to make it.

Hard large bowl of oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. And a pbj 1 1/2 hours later just before the start. Drank noun, Gatorade, power aide, water and pickle juice. Used sport legs and a buddy gave me hammer electrolyte pills. Ate bananas, gels honey stinger waffles, a brownie, an orange and more. BBQ after. After the stops and tanking up on fluids, the cramps would ease up but come back. Heavy strain on the legs would bring instant cramp.

Lesson- drink, drink, drink, and drink some more. My stomach would feel sloshy and I needed more. More prep with longer rides too.
Congrats in finishing!
 
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