Nutrition Tip June 26 2010
What is fueling your ride?
There is a lot of emphasis on what cyclists use as their “pre-ride snack”…..but many studies show that the food going into your body the couple hours prior to exercise does not “fuel” your activity. These studies show that it takes 24 to 48hrs for muscle fuel (glycogen) to store and become available to burn. Therefore during a workout, you are not burning your pre-workout snack….you’re burning what you ate and stored one to two days earlier.
Please note that there are also other studies out there that will say something different. That’s the funny thing about nutrition…although we all need it, our bodies respond differently to different things. Bottom line is that you should try fueling your body with good nutrition at all times and not just the few hours before a ride.
Let’s be sure to continually fuel that body with goodness.