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For me only being new to this, i have always preferred going training/morning ride on an empty stomach (or a corner of an energy bar and some gatorade for hydration) if this will aid weight loss i will be happy, and when i want to build muscle/do a climbing session i think i will have a good feed of carbs (plain rice) and go mental.
I guess everyone is different, i know some people that cannot train on an empty stomach and vice versa
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I have to eat something before I ride, or I just feel really flat.
Even if it is just some sort of oatmeal sort of bar - that does the trick. Though unlike others, I don't have much weight to lose - and indeed the doctor doesn't want me to lose any more (I'm around 60-63kg).
I don't do coffee anymore though - just herbal tea and my stomach is thanking me for it. So the post ride eat/coffee session isn't that nice - I still want coffee. but I'm over the addiction headaches.
Just eat well and ride heaps. Walk plenty too if you can - 60 minutes a day. You'll lose the kilos.
That's how I did it. And then plenty of squats and you'll have legs like Robert Förstemann.
Were I am the opposite. If I eat within the first 45 minutes of waking I will throw it up within the next 30 minutes and I will feel sick all day.
If I am training hard I will stick something in the pocket and eat during the warm up.
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I am good for about 50-60kms of hard riding on an empty stomach (this takes out most of my rides) but need something after that - usualy a banana or muesli bar. If planning a long hard ride however I force myself to eat a couple of weetbix and pack a banana so I do not run out of energy after about the 2hr mark.
I ride for fun and to maintain my weight for the diet I like (not high fat etc just sensible with a few beers here and there) and I find that riding empty assists with that goal.
Depending upon the day, I may have one/two weetbix & honey pre-ride or a smoothie with 2 weetbix, banana, yoghurt, honey & vanilla essence post ride. I find that something light pre-ride stops me fading during exercise.
I really should take up cycling!
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