I was chatting to a couple of clients yesterday about getting hangry.
If you don’t know ‘hangry’ = Hungry + Angry.
I get super hangry if I don’t eat. To a point that Sophie keeps emergency rations in the car
because she can’t stand me when I’m hungry.
I turn into a less impressive (and less green) hulk.
Hangriness tends to come when it’s been too long since you’ve
eaten and so your blood sugar levels drop.
The way to stop it is to keep your blood sugar levels constant by eating every 3-4 hours.
When you are riding, you are burning through the glycogen
in your bloodstream much faster, and this means your sugar levels can dip even sooner.
You’ve probably experienced your sugar levels dropping on a ride
You start to struggle to concentrate.
You start to make small mistakes… and then get irritated at yourself for those small mistakes.
Your motivation starts to dwindle.
And you feel weak and just lacking energy.
The way to stop it? If you are riding for more than 90 minutes, try to eat something every 45-60 minutes. A handful of nuts and raisins. A flapjack. That kind of thing.
It’s bad enough getting hangry normally… but you REALLY don’t
want your blood sugar levels to drop while you are riding.