Yesterday I did a 31-mile bike ride organized by a local club. The ride is not 31 straight miles, and it's in no way a race. There is a set start point where you check in and get your map. The course is marked on the roads too, so if you don't want to try to ride a bike and read a map at the same time, you can just follow the marks. That's what I opted to do. People can ride fast, or amble along at a comfortable speed. The first snack stop was at 10-ish miles. There were packaged cookies (which I skipped), water, and fruit (which I sampled). The second stop was just a stop for water, but we were asked not to use the water cooler to refill our water bottles, so I decided to just wait for the next stop five miles later and just took a rest break and ate half a Luna bar. The next stop was lunch and then we had 10 miles back to the car.
I had a normal-sized lunch (I didn't trust the offered tacos not to upset my stomach so I just went for a peanut-butter sandwich) but after the bike ride, I was really hungry. I logged my calories that night and realized that even with a 1500 calorie deficit from the ride, I had managed to go over my daily calories.
Yikes. After seeing that I had burned so many, I got a little too relaxed, I guess.
Why is it so much easier to take them in than to burn them?
The ride was fun. I would definitely do another one. The breaks really make the difference -- I felt like if I kept the pace easy and stopped every 10 miles, I could probably bike all day. Not to say I wasn't happy to get off that seat. I have a new one on order that should be a lot more comfortable.