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Old 04-12-2011, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by lynnef View Post
(full disclosure: I am a randonneur. That said, my longest ride to date is 370km)
Your modesty is noted with due awe. My disclaimer: my "marathon" experiences have been mostly backpacking.

I eat a lot of that stuff. Snickers Dark Chocolate...mmmm. Those packets of nuts. The Trader Joes Sesame Crepe (1000 calories, 99 cents!). Not so much for the fried food. Avocados. Fig Bars. Hard Boiled Eggs. Bonbel cheeses. Bananas. But one does need to refuel, and you can only carry so much (ignore the article about Harriet Fell riding PBP with a roasted chicken in her handlebar bag)
What a great story from Harriet Fell! Very colorful history!

I'll give the Sesame Crepes a try. I love the little packs of sesame snap crackers in a caramel-like matrix (Asian food stores) but they definitely need lots of liquid chaser. I also want to try the SPAM musubi, from the comments on the Kent's Bike Blog article (another recipe here).

Summer sausage or salami and hard cheese last quite well unrefrigerated (a week) and have loads of fat that I crave when I'm burning muscles. If I sliced them and had them in a sturdy zip-lock (they ooze fat when warm) I could probably eat them on the fly, maybe with a chewy roll that I'd pre-spread with mayo and mustard.

That article and various accounts reminds me of those guys who sledged to the North Pole and their 8,000 cal/day diet where 5,000 of the calories were from pure fat, the most concentrated calories they could carry.

That said, you can get a nice Greek yogurt in a grocery store, and, occasionally, our routes go through towns which support real grocery stores. Tasty protein. So yummy it ought to be dessert.
Thread veer: What is "Greek yogurt" and why is it suddenly all the rage? It came onto my radar sometime in the past year and seems just about the same as plain ol' Yoplait or Cascade Fresh to me. (insert culture joke here)

I am turning into a fan of ProBars - CranLemon Twister, 360 calories and not a single artificial ingredient. PaleyBars are good, too, but harder to find.
I burned out badly on energy bars after living nearly entirely on them for a multi-day climb many, many years ago (Power Bar in particular). Overdose! I gradually recovered enough to accept Clif, Tiger's Milk and a Pemmican-type bar that REI used to carry, but only as supplements, not full daily diet. I don't recognize those that you mention but I'll keep an eye out and give them a try.

Down at PedalNation this past weekend Clif had some samples of new products which I'd eat if I were hungry enough, some bars and also some alternates to Gu that were like Gummi cubes and tasted quite nice.

And not to forget the Rando Mocha - convenience store coffee with a packet of hot cocoa mix added.
Yeah, old favorite of mine, too, only with either instant coffee or tea-bag coffee. I haven't had the luxury (if you can call it that) of convenience stores, being out in the back-country.

My strategy is to front-load with proteins, and suck down carbs later in the day. This will change if I end up doing a ride which takes longer than 24 hours...
I like some protein for breakfast, but then I try to get a steady stream of carbs going into me all day long. Not a lot at once, but nibbling several times an hour...GORP, hard candy, drink mix, etc. Lunch is a protein break, and sometimes it's hard to get moving again afterward.
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