Kevin says... Avoiding the "Bonk"
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We’re coming down to the last couple of months before our ride, so we’re starting to choose our food for the road. We’re using thefeed.com, based in Colorado, which is a service run by athletes, for athletes. Their selection is deep and they are always willing to chat online to help you with your choices.
Fellow rider David Rideau and I put our heads together and figured out a calorie target for each day, then we both put a list of items together, some of which you can see in the photo. (Ignore the pizza box!)
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be testing these items on my training rides for flavor and effectiveness in supplying the energy I’ll need on the road. On rides like ours, eating often, in small amounts is the key to avoiding “bonking,” the sudden and overwhelming feeling of running out of energy.
Here are my choices, and their calorie counts:
JoJe Bar: 275
Betty Lou PB&J Bar: 210
Cliff Builder's Bar (Vanilla/Almond): 270
GoMacro Bar: 110
Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Mix: 80
Honey Stinger Chews: 160
Infinit Go Far Energizer: 280
This oughtta keep us fueled for a while!