As the years roll past faster and faster, my eating habits have taken some dramatic changes.
These days I wake up, have a cup of decaf coffee and head to my substitute teaching gigs with a half cup of baby carrots and four Cuties in my backpack for brunch.
You see, subbing you never know when your food and potty breaks will come. I can’t handle first graders with a full bladder screaming at me. So I go minimalistic.
When we’re camping, I’ll ride or hike on just that cup of decaf and eat afterward.
So I was a bit surprised on my annual kickoff summer ride that at the midpoint — three hours in — I opted to stop at an old hamburger stand (30 years of serving the same burgers!), and have their quarter-pounder special with fries and a drink (Pepsi).
Surprised because I eat a hamburger maybe twice a month, french fries even less often, and a soda about 2 or 3 times a year.
When I started riding way back in my 20s, I’d refuel with a Gatorade and Hostess Twinkies.
After I started longer 4-hour plus rides, I’d snack on Nips hard candies and Fig Newtons and bring along a can of Coke.
About 15 years ago, when I started riding with my Black Lab, I transitioned to apples mid-ride and just water. Ridgely ate the cores.
Most recently, only if I really need it, I’ll chomp on a Kind bar and down a Gatorade.
The mere thought of gels makes me gag.
This week’s question: What’s your mid-ride and post-ride go-to food and drink?