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Old Thu, May-10-12, 10:40
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Second post on the forum. Woo hoo!

I've been eating LC for 3 weeks now and the pounds are coming off nicely. My exercise of choice and hobby is bicycling. I do a LOT of riding. A 20-30 mile ride is an average day for me. I am currently in induction and can't come close to that yet, but I understand that it's typical. When I go for a long ride, I'm pretty much bonked after 15 miles.

From what I've read, I shouldn't push it early on, and my stamina and strength will come back over time. My question is basically to anyone familiar with endurance sports. Should I try to be out of induction by the time I'm ready for a long tour (in about 2 months) and add carbs (but under 50g/day) or will dietary fat be enough to sustain me 6 hours at a stretch, including bursts of energy needed for hill climbing?

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I know this is an old post and you probably have all figured out already, but I've been away awhile and thought I say hello to a fellow distance rider.

A couple years ago I was to the point of doing 50-60 mile rides, no/low carbs necessary to sustain me during them. I might take a handful of berries along or maybe some melon, more so for a refreshing break along the way rather than getting any carbs outta them.

How's your riding going? I'm on the long road to working back up to doing distance rides. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury and back slid on low carbing all at the same time. Now a 20 mile day is about all I can do. But I'm getting there.
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Old Tue, Nov-13-12, 05:18
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This summer, I rode 520 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (mountains) while maintaining my low carb diet, ~20g/day. I brought macadamias and pepperoni for my snacks. I had one day where I bonked from pushing it too hard without stopping for a rest/food break. Otherwise, it was a good ride.

I rode the Seagull Century on the MD eastern shore a few weeks back, and brought the same snacks. I did all 100 miles on a pocketful of nuts and berries. I passed up on all of the snacks provided at the rest stops, sweetbreads and fruit, and kept hydrated with 0 calorie elecrolytes. I finished much stronger than last years ride and recovered very quickly.

I can see why some elite endurance athletes perform on ketogenic diets. It's working for me.

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Old Thu, Nov-22-12, 20:28
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Wow bravo for you! I can only dream of doing truly long distance rides like you. Keep up the good work!
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