I'm doing a 3-4 hour basebuilding ride tomorrow morning, so you know what that means... it's Carbo Night at Jim's House! How to make sure I'm properly fueled? That's easy.
First off, carbo night actually started last night, with some Papa John's pizza. To top off the carbo tanks, you actually have to eat plenty of carbs for two days. So I ate pizza last night, and tried to not burn too much glycogen on the muffin ride. That was the start.
I had a nice lunch that was filling, but relatively low cal - California Tortilla's Havana Chicken ("lowest fat" whatever that means) and a serving of black beans. Man, I love me some black beans.
For dinner, I went upscale. I got some fresh basil, some fresh garlic (looks like the new stuff, not the stored-over-the-winter stuff!), some angel hair, and went to work. I cut the top off the bulb of garlic, wrapped it in foil, and roasted it at 400 for about 35-40 minutes. I squished the roast garlic out from about 8 of the bulbs into the food processor. I stuck about 2-3 ounces of basil leaves into the food processor, along with a generous pinch of salt and some coarse ground black pepper, and fired it up. After that was mashed into a paste, I drizzled in a half cup and then some of olive oil, and spun it up again. Mmmmmmm... molto bene. I fired up a pound of angel hair pasta, cooked it to al dente, drained it, and mixed it with my pesto sauce. I served this up with some crusty french bread, and some nice hummus with roasted red peppers and fresh minced garlic.
To top it off, I'm savoring a nice Leffe blonde ale. I'm going to make sure I hydrate a bit more before bed - the beer and all the carbs can soak up a lot of water. I'm not too worried about calories. Tomorrow's effort, even with a modest paste, will easily burn off 3,000+ calories. I'm more concerned about being properly fueled up when I *finish* the ride so I don't feel compelled to binge eat.
Yeah, food can be pretty good, especially if you take the time to make the good stuff. Total prep time for that simple pesto - about 5 minutes of work, actually. You can count the time the garlic is roasting as down time - I went and read Velo News while it was cooking.