Today was an experiment on the bike. How would I react to taking on nutrition while riding? The verdict? Pretty damn well.
After 45 minutes or so I popped the Gel. I decided to go with that first because I was taking on Pineapple Hill in the next few minutes and thought I could use the energy, assuming I'd be able to feel anything. And I don't know if it was that I'm getting stronger, the Gel worked, or both (probably that last one there), but today's front 25 felt good. I got up Pineapple without much to do, and no stomach issues from eating on the go. My Gel was Green Apple, not the choice I would have picked for myself, but it actually wasn't that bad. I'll be experimenting with different brands and flavors over the next few weeks until I find what works best for me.
Normally, I guess I'd keep popping Gels but I only had the one. So at about 1:30 I went for my first chunk of Clif Bar. Before leaving I broke the bar into three pieces and put them into a small snack Zip Lock. Ate the second at around two hours and the third as I was nearing home, around two hours forty-five minutes after I'd left. I probably didn't need that last piece, but what am I gonna do with 1/3 of a Clif Bar?
Never once did I feel as tired as I've felt any other time I've done this distance. Eating a little something every 45 minutes or thereabouts seems to do the trick, keeping Dirtbag blood sugar up and fending off bonk. I guess I shouldn't be shocked. Basically every blog, book, and magazine article about distance cycling mentions something about nutrition. I just had to jump on the bandwagon.
Also, eating on the bike adds one more piece to the Feeling Like a Real Cyclist puzzle. I've got the aerobars, the fancy tight pants, a few jerseys, clip-in pedals, skinny tires, and now this. I'm such a nerd.
I'm also trying out a new fitness tracking app on my Android called Runtastic. I might start using this more than the JogTracker I've been using because it tracks elevation. Here is the link to today's ride. I don't know about you, but that elevation chart looks like a lot of up and downing.