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    Biking (and Carbs)

    I have bought a new bike and would like to start biking to work everyday.

    My work is 4.5 miles away. So it's nothing crazy.

    Today I decided to bike to work after I got home to test to see how far I could go... but man... I went about 1/2 a mile and was beat... It was just a slight uphill slant and biking it was killer on my legs. I know I have to allow for some time to grow ... but ...

    Everywhere I read recommends upping the carbs an hour before biking. Is that going to help? Anyone here have any tips for biking and being paleo?


    Oh and I did end up finishing a full mile before I turned around and went home. Thankfully much of the way back was downhill ... In the end I did about 2 miles total today.
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    Getting back into the pedaling has been a process for me, too. As a teen, I'd just hop on at the start of summer and ride all day, never thinking about it. But a few years of not riding apparently added up! So, yeah, expect to build back up to it again. I don't need any carbs, really, but I DO need to supplement magnesium and potassium or I get cramps.
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    What kind of bike is it? Road bike, mountain, hybrid, cruiser? A slower speed on most of those would be 10mph. If you're commuting to work to start you should be fine without eating before hand for a thirty minute ride where you will possibly be stopping for traffic. As you up your mileage, then you could need something. On a road bike you could cover 40-miles in a two hour-ish ride and not need anything prior. Sounds like a lot more fun than starting the car for that short of a drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pace2race View Post
    What kind of bike is it? Road bike, mountain, hybrid, cruiser? A slower speed on most of those would be 10mph. If you're commuting to work to start you should be fine without eating before hand for a thirty minute ride where you will possibly be stopping for traffic. As you up your mileage, then you could need something. On a road bike you could cover 40-miles in a two hour-ish ride and not need anything prior. Sounds like a lot more fun than starting the car for that short of a drive.
    Exactly!

    1) Saves money on gas and mileage
    2) Lets me enjoy some exercise.
    3) Fun!

    As for the bike... i dunno... i'm a novice really...

    this is what i got

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    I'm definitley not planning on "carbo-loading" or anything like that. But lately i've been around 20-40 a day... perhaps I should throw in about 30-50 more in before biking?

    yeah as a kid I biked allllll over the city i lived in from dawn to dusk... i hope it doesn't take long to get back into the game...

    the best way to describe today would be to quote a wise man...

    "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised."
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    It just takes conditioning. You'll get there. But bicycling is a far cry from intense. Fat is a fine fuel for the typical commuter. Even the occasional hard pedal up a hill is really nothing compared to a real sprint. I see no real need to stay very low carb, either. I personally cycle between very low carb and low carb as I feel inclined.

    I've got a Schwinn Cruiser 6. Nice little 6-speed, has some weight so you get a decent workout. Looks just like this one:
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    Sweeeeeet ride!
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    Looking at the reviews for the bike i'm thinking I should have bought a different one... lol...

    anyways, yeah, i'm definitely not going "crazy intense" on the bike... especially as I am riding to work on it. Don't want to become all sweaty and nasty before work (which is an air-conditioned law office)
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    What is your general fitness/conditioning level. At those distances your carb intake should not really be an issue IMHO
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    Well I lost 100 lbs on paleo... never really ever worked out outside of Wii Bowling and regular sex (nudge nudge, haha, jk)

    ... but seriously, I don't really ever do much physical activity save for walks on the weekend and such...
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    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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