Making A Classic Mistake

It happens every season and this year it happened yesterday. I ate my normal breakfast of late (smoothie with chia seeds, flax seeds, Bioflavia, maca powder, spinach, frozen raspberries, frozen banana and almond milk). Then around 11:30 I ate my typical lunch of a big veggie stir-fry, some celery and carrot sticks and an orange. Perfect – the food was super tasty, I felt satiated and ready-to-go.

A couple hours after lunch I hit the open road for my ride. About 30 minutes before my ride, I ate a package of Clif Bloks. Wednesday was threshold interval day and the first time doing “longish” threshold intervals. The first ten minute interval went well – as hard as a threshold interval should be. In the second interval I faded at the three minute to go mark with a bit of a resurgence in the last minute. Then it was a 45-minute ride home into a headwind.

By the time I got home I was wiped out. It was a bit chilly yesterday and rather windy (thank you small ring!) – so I attributed the fatigue to the weather combined with the intensity of the ride.

I had big plans for my post-ride afternoon, well needless to say I didn’t get anything ticked off my “to do” list… Instead I felt draggy, wiped out and darn right rotten. I attributed this to the work-out intensity. Marc believed otherwise. After asking me what I ate (oh I did have a Luna bar when I got home) he determined that I was under-fueled and particularly in the carbohydrate department. Of course – I did not agree. With no energy to cook supper I zipped off to Farm Boy to pick up some pre-made food (actually pretty good because you can read all of the ingredients) – Marc gave me strict instructions to get something carby…

After eating a quinoa salad and assorted roasted vegetables and then some trail mix – I felt remarkably better. In fact I stayed up until 11:00 and was full of energy…

Yes, it happens every year. I neglect to look at the ride I have to do and eat to fuel this ride. Eating on a recovery day or an easy day is not the same as eating for a longer ride or more intense ride. One year I’ll remember this lesson and not suffer the rather unpleasant crash and energy dip.

(Oh and about the trail mix – it was so good. All sorts of nuts, Smarties, raisins, and chocolate chips. Lets just say I ate more than one serving…)

So, learn from my mistakes. Eat. Eat again. And eat some more.

9 thoughts on “Making A Classic Mistake

  1. Hey Vick,
    Did my first long ride last Sun. Did 100k with a Gat loop with boys thrown in the middle. I had a couple gels for emergency and 3 Gatorades mixed a bit strong and one banana.
    When I got home, it was just over 4 hr ride and I was glad I didn’t have to do another km 🙂
    I went right to the kitchen table, checked my sugar, which was 4.7, low is below 4, so was getting low. I had Julie take of my shoes and covers and I was starting to be a bit shaky.
    I was starved and ate 3 pancakes with syrup(lots of sugar), 2 pop tarts, 3 raisin toast with PB, 2 eggs, two teas with bit sugar(usually avoid sugar now) and was still hungry! Decided to do half my insulin to not get a low later and turned out perfect.
    My stomach was feeling the emptiness for the last hr of the ride! Note to self, bring more solid food ! ! ! Only 1 banana on that ride the rest was liquid sugar.
    So basically trying to say you were not alone on miss-calculating first long ride nutrition 🙂
    See ya at CR 🙂

    Cheers,
    Paul

    • HI Paul

      Yep – sounds like you did the same thing as me – only a bit worse. You did the smart thing though and ate right away. I had the same empty feeling in my stomach during the last hour of my ride but I wasn’t sure if it was from hunger of from the effort.
      It is really trial and error to figure out what we need on a ride. It is not fun riding around feeling full and bloated either.
      Yes, see you at Clarence-Rockland. Slightly nervous. We need to arrange a ride together!
      cheers,
      vicki

  2. Morning. interesting you talk about food today. As a 50 something trying to get into shape ,shead a few pounds weekend warrior. I struggle with work,lifestyle ,diet and the energy to keep up my training. Do you know of any boomer type training , eating , still working 60 hours a week guidelines. :0) . enjoy. thank you
    Bob

    • Hi Bob
      I think it is awesome that you’re trying to stay fit and active while juggling a super busy work life. The best thing I’ve found is to be prepared (often I’ll cook a bunch of food on Sunday so that we have meals for the week and some planned leftovers).
      In fact Chatelaine magazine has an excellent section with 30-minute suppers. I keep chopped up celery and carrots in my fridge to easily take with me when I’m out.
      I think that ideally we’d all eat as “clean” as possible but sometimes it is hard to do so and frankly some of the less-clean food does taste darn good!
      Don’t know if this helps?
      cheers,
      vicki

      • awesome, thank you,, could you come over and keep our fridge full of food,, lol, sometimes it’s a task getting food to eat, before worry about eating it,, ??

        thanks a lot,, hope to ride with you soon,,

  3. Vicki,
    Ask Steve W. about Carbo-Pro. I think it makes a big difference and is an easy way to fuel while riding. Don’t know if you’d have tolerance issues.
    John

    • Hi John!
      Funny you should mention Carbo-Pro. I have a big canister of it on the top of my fridge – thanks to coach Steve. I find it very easy to digest and it has no allergens in it. I simply forget that it is there and that I should be adding it to my smoothies and to my bottle. Thanks for the reminder. Looks like you’re getting in some good training down south. Hope you’re well.
      cheers,
      vicki

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