byron505 wrote:When i started, he would insist 200-300 calories every hour.
After a few years with him, I noticed that my zones increased pretty dramatically and asked 'well if im outputting more power, im burning more calories...should i be eating more?'
short answer 'nope. keep eating 200-300 calories every hour.'
his level of expertise? he's coached a few world tour guys
Makes sense. Since you can only digest around 250 cals per hour, if you are riding at tempo or above you will probably burn well above that, so you may as well just eat the max that you can digest and not worry about it. What I would love though, is to have a data field on my Garmin for carb calories, where it estimates how much of my work is coming from my glycogen stores as opposed to fat. Then knowing that I started with 1200 or so internally and adding what I eat, I can get a rough idea of how close I am getting to bonking.