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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:12 am 
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Wondering if there are any vegans on here willing to discuss pre-ride meal/nutrition routine?

I went plant-based last year and although I feel fantastic and my fitness is better than ever, I am still struggling to find the best routine before rides. Would be interested in what you eat and how long before your ride. And on-bike eating too! Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:55 am 
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Not a vegan, but my fuelling wouldn't change if I were.

Depending on the ride:-
1-1.5hrs: black coffee
1.5-2hrs: black coffee + fruit toast
2hrs plus: oats w/ a bit of coconut oil and maple syrup + black coffee

During the ride:
1-1.5hrs: water
1.5hrs-2hrs: diluted juice or sports drink is hard sesh
3hrs+: sports drink (sugaaaaaaar!).

If on the erg for intervals: just water and pulse jelly beans as needed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:09 pm 
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Almost every morning, my breakfast is this mix:

oatmeal
sunflower seeds (i occassionaly swap that for cashew nuts when i buy them in bulk cheaply)
shredded coconut
sweetened dried cranberries (just a little bit, for little sweetness in the mix)
chia seeds (or flaxseeds, but you have to grind them before, otherwise you mostly won't be able to digest them)
poppy seeds
At the end I pour some mild/watery plant based milk into it (usually soy).

On a longer ride (4h+) i occasionally take one banana with me, on shorter rides, i don't bother with food at all. In the past, i used to make and carry energy-gels with date-paste, almond butter (much better taste/consistency then peanut butter) sprinkled with lemon juice/coconut oil.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:18 pm 
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Thanks Tapeworm and helldiver...
Do you wait long after eating before starting your ride?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:21 pm 
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I usually aim for at least 1 hour between proper big breakfast and start of my ride/training.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:24 pm 
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Virtually any ride I do gets either steel cut oats with raisins/walnuts/maple syrup, or a bagel with almond butter. That's enough for at least two hours of fuel, anything longer than that and I'll pack some bars.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:35 pm 
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Eating timing is all dependant on duration and intensity. For example: long and easy, will eat just before rolling out the door. Long and hard, minimum an hour. Once on the bike usually 30mins in or so, again depending on intensity.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:47 am 
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2-3 hours before a ride I have a _big_ bowl of muesli with dried fruit (raisins) and toppings (nuts, hemp seeds, ground flax), with soy milk.

And coffee, of course. For riding nutrition:

~1 hour: Water
1-2 hours: Bottle of Skratch or similar drink mix, All-Bran Breakfast Bar (if I start the ride hungry)
2+ hours: More drink mix, breakfast bars

The All-Bran Breakfast Bars have a nice crisp texture that I find easy and pleasant to eat, compared with typically chewy/soft energy bars. Not expensive either.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:36 pm 
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Much appreciated helldiver, jmechy, Tapeworm and sanrensho, great ideas and thank you for the input

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:20 am 
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I'm a vegetarian, but thought it was worth sharing.

Before the ride.
< 2 hours = nothing
> 2 hours = 1 or 2 bananas about 15 mins before I leave

On the bike.
< 2 hours = plain water
> 2 hours = 1 energy bar every hour (SIS or Wiggle ones, but they are not certified vegan... just vegetarian)

After.
Oats with a banana, pear or apple, berries, chia seeds and almond milk.
On weekends I might have toast and avocado + salad.

Hope this helps.


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