Whenever I have the idea to start something new for the website I always get a little nervous, I'm worried that it will not be successful. I'm happy to report that the Ask The Diabetic Cyclist feature was received with open arms. I was worried that I would only receive one question, the first week brought me more questions than I would have expected in a month. This is great to see and this will definitely be the topic every Friday for weeks to come. Without further ado lets get to the first question!!
Personally the preparation for long rides starts days before the ride. For me carb loading is very important, I will have bowls upon bowls of pasta for the three days leading up to a race or long training ride. Being loaded with carbs before allows me to focus on riding and maintaining a steady blood sugar while on the bike. I will often make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat while riding, I will cut them in to manageable sizes so I can grab one from my jersey and eat it with no problems. I will also use bananas while riding, they have a lot of potassium and this eliminates cramping. One weird food that I was told to try was baby food. I have yet to try it but it makes sense. You can easily put it into ziplock bags and use it like a gel. The baby food itself is like a gel, basically eliminating the digestion which allows it to get to work for you as soon as you swallow it. It losses no nutrients when being made which keeps the natural sugars which are huge while riding, the more natural sugars the better. I will use energy gels at the start and finish of the ride, this is purely for the caffeine, it allows me to start fast and gives me the energy to sprint at the finish.
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