No offense but at 33.5 miles you don't need a mid ride snack especially if thats only once or twice a week type of thing. Just keep the distance up and your body will adjust.
I'm not qualified to pick this shit apart but my coaching people talk about this in detail, frequently, and I'd always eat before and during a ride for anything over 1 hour even at low intensity.Sure but you want your body to store more glycogen in the muscles and dispatch glycogen and fat for fuel.
A common mistake people make is eating too much and using moderate cycling as an excuse to eat anything. The body doesn’t work that way and Id be shocked if he was doing 33.5 miles of threshold intervals.
The other mistake is eating too little (I fall into this sometimes) but if 33.5 is his longest ride ever he’s likely not eating too little or glycogen depleted unless it’s intervals five days a week for 30 miles at a pop. If that’s the case he’s Superman and we should all be taking notes.
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