Is there a benefit (especially wondering wrt recovery) to eating carbs when they aren’t really needed for that ride?
I am not talking about training your gut to handle max carbs for a race…just day to day for someone who trains 5-6 times per week but not racing.
So say I do 60-90 at endurance pace. from what I understand, I don’t need to eat any carbs for this ride (assuming I’m eating well off-bike). Would there be benefit to eating a little anyway just to not tap into my glycogen stores? so I am more ready for the next ride?
There’s a clear benefit for your dentist for sure, especially if you are going to eat/drink those fast carb energy drinks/bars/ gels 5-6x/week for several hours on end
I’d say that maybe, in theory, there may be some benefit. However, you’re probably not at the point that it would even matter much anyways. 60-90min exercise 5-6 days per week is great, but no need to be guzzling sugar water while doing so. Just be sensible.
I tried that ‘Saturday’ app trial that was discussed on this forum and my biggest takeaway was to just use cheap table sugar and a pinch of salt for in ride nutritions and that I was over hydrating for rides like that . 60-90 min endurance pace might call for 1 bottle with 40-60g of sugar in it, but you could skip. I always brush my teeth after too.
Taking on sugars/carbs while you ride won’t affect the rate of glycogen depletion in your muscles, but it can spare liver glycogen. Yes, it can be an advantage (small, if any, for a shorter ride) to sip on carbs, but know that muscle glycogen will likely not be spared regardless of choosing to do it or not.
Like @KWcycling said. Be sensible. I wouldn’t have any fun if all the cycling I did wouldn’t allow for a while pizza every now then. Hard to do when you’ve guzzled you calorie allotment on the ride.
I’ve been thinking about what @The_Cog said about ingesting more carbs immediately after training vs during for better glycogen recovery since you can’t spare muscle glyco during excercise. Makes a lot of sense to me. Of course as long as the workout is still sufficiently fueled.