Cycling Mistake #5: Not Timing Your Meals

Whether they're mountain bikers or roadies, cyclists are often their own worst enemies when it comes to training. Repair your routine by eliminating these ten common mistakes

Jun 25, 2013
Outside Magazine

Don't forget to get in your protein.    Photo: Deymos/ShutterStock

Everyone knows to pound down a recovery drink post-ride, but there’s more to meal timing than your recovery drink. If you eat a large snack within an hour to an hour and a half of your ride, you’re going to go hypoglycemic as your insulin levels spike and blood sugar crashes, says Lim. In other words, you’ll feel like you’re bonking.

The Fix: Plan your rides to finish with a protein-rich meal (eaten within 20 minutes of pulling off your shoes), and wait three hours between a large meal and hitting the bike to avoid bonking.

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