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    I do most of my cycling (a passion of mine) on weekends--especially during the summer here in NYC, however to mix things up sometimes on weekdays, my runs are anywhere from 1 hour to 2 (unless I am doing a benefit run which can turn into 3 to 4 hours--a few of these a year).

    just wondering about my carb intake on these days...again noob here so bare with me...I've learned to carb-up for the extra miles, should I continue this approach once I go primal?

    What is best for longer runs?


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    Carbing up is using sugar for fuel. A good way to get diabetes.

    Use fat for fuel and keep your carbs low. As Mark suggests, 150gm of carbs is plenty.

    The "Seven Deadly Sins"

    Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
    Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
    Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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    dalvarez, know what youre talking about, anyone whom has chalked up some long distances on a bike is worried about bonking in the middle of nowhere. try making a some primal bars to replace gels and power bars etc to take with you on your ride just in case.

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    Thanks for the replies, I am hammering the forum as I am just about ready to go PRIMAL!

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    Wanted to revive this topic, as me and my fiance have started riding longer/harder. I am starting to need fuel. I'm pretty new to the primal/paleo way of eating and am wondering if someone has a recipe for the primal bars? Also wondering, what do you eat pre/post ride. I come from a running background, so all I know is carb loading. Today I had a bowl of ground turkey and veggies pre and fruit/nuts post. Is this a good way to go? We rode for about 1.5 hours.

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    dalvarez- I find that I don't need carbs even for runs of 10+ hours so long as I load up on juicy meat the night before, throw in a few veggies and have some berries for desert. So long as you are running at what your body considers to be a fairly slow pace for longer runs you will stay in fat burning mode. However, if you push yourself too hard you'll end up in sugar burning mode, and that's when you'll start having problems due to burning sugar but not resupplying it. I have been playing with drinking really dilute juice on long runs recently since no matter what you will burn a little bit of sugar, but it is not much, I usually do 1 part juice per 5 parts water, haven't felt the need for anything more than that.

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    I try to keep my local runs to average of 30mi. so far so good....It's funny how one easily buys into the "you need carb" mentality or you will collapse on your bike. Well I have yet to collapse on my recent runs while living primal....I guess I will continue to chuckle at 'conventional wisdom'


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    it *does* take some getting used to. When I was going low carb/primal, I was running 3-4 miles 3 times a week. I found I'd have a really good first 2 miles or so, and then crash, and have a *super* rough rest of the run.

    I think now that I've been doing IF's and my body is better tuned to run off of fat, I wouldn't have that happen. I want to start running again, working up to a regular 10k, so I guess I'll find out.

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    reviving this thread- just wanted to chime in that ive been cykling long distances about 3x a week (2 - 4 hours) for about 5 months now n havent changed my diet whatsoever n have never had problels with it. But i never even knew i should be having problems with endurance training living such a lowcarb lifestyle: thats because ive never been an endurance athlete n noone ever "told me so" So i kinda believe that your body does well with long endurance with a primal diet as long as you give it a chance to recover from the carboverload prior endurance training that it has gotten used to...

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