I’m a relative newbie to both the cycling world and TrainerRoad. I’m in the final week of Sweet Spot Base - Low Vol I and I have two outdoor rides planned for this weekend. The first is a 20 mile social ride for novice/intermediate female riders (12mph) with a cafe stop halfway through, the second day is a 30 mile rid with a different group that I’ve not been out with before. I’m not sure if there’s a stop and the pace is likely to be slightly quicker. I haven’t done a huge number of group rides and I have no idea how to plan my nutrition. This is also the first time I’ve done two outdoor rides back to back and I really don’t want to day 2 to suffer because I’ve screwed up my nutrition/hydration (I’m fairly certain my fitness won’t be an issue). My questions are:
- Do I need to eat on the bike on the first day if there’s a cafe stop? The ride is usually 2 hours total with the cafe stop at 1 hour or will this meet the 30-60g/hr carb recommendation?
- I usually take an electrolyte drink with me - should I change this to an energy drink with carbs in it?
- I’m planning on having a recovery drink after the first day, do I need to eat any differently later in the day?
Thanks in advance, loving this forum so far and all the advice I’ve gleaned from reading previous posts!