A Sports Nutritionist’s Gas Station Picks to Fuel a Long Ride

Lori Russell, MS RD CSSD
by Lori Russell, MS RD CSSD
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A Sports Nutritionist’s Gas Station Picks to Fuel a Long Ride

Gas stations are for fueling cars not bodies, after all — but in life, there are exceptions to every rule. So when you’re on a training ride, kitted out in the middle of nowhere and you’re bonking, and need food, what do you do? In other words, your only options are to eat something from the gas station or starve.

While gas stations may not be ideal, these convenient shops offer more possibilities than you think to fuel your long bike ride.

Here are four scenarios and solutions for when you’re looking to fuel your ride at the gas station:

These tips will get you through fueling your ride when you’re desperate, but try not to rely on gas station options. Regardless of the situation, your best bet for overall health and top performance is to have a well-designed sports nutrition plan that you’re prepared to follow.

About the Author

Lori Russell, MS RD CSSD
Lori Russell, MS RD CSSD

Lori, MS RD CSSD is an accomplished sports dietitian; she holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Certification as a Specialist in Sports Nutrition. As a current professional road cyclist and previous elite marathoner and ultra-runner, Lori knows firsthand that food can enhance or diminish performance gains. She understands the importance of balancing a quality whole food based diet with science-backed performance nutrition and strives to share this message with others. Learn more about her @HungryForResults.


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