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Carbohydrate Loading
#1
Check this site out for carbo loading before an endurance ride.  Its not for everyone but having tried it I've seen the energy benefits it can give.  Just remember to drink lots and lots and lots of water while you're loading  Wink

The 'sample menu' is a great one to follow

Oh and finally, eating that much food is awesome fun Big Grin
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#2
Holy cow that's a lot of food :o I don't think i could physically eat that much in a day. Don't like the sound of the side effects either, especially the weight gain and stomach cramps! I think as i am still trying to loose some more weight i would be better off trying some other means of consuming more carbs, i think SIS do a pre ride high carbohydrate drink, plus SIS Energy contains a lot of carbs. Also i already eat a lot of carbs anyway, as i usually have a large bowel of Shreddies with chopped banana and dates for breakfast and a pasta salad or chicken sandwich for lunch, and i practically live on Salmon mash and veg lately. I might try it out later in the year when i have hopefully shifted this last stone in weight and won't freak at the thought of putting on another couple of pounds!
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#3
The weight you put on is temporary - i think its just water retention.  I didn't notice i put any on although i didn't weigh myself.  Its only of short term benefit before an extended period of exercise but i'll do it again next time we do a killer ride over several days
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