Why bagels?

For training, it's so common. But why?

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Garr    pirate
19/06/2006 at 13:18
Why are bagels so commonly the food of runners and triathletes, rather than some sort of bread rolls? What do they offer that, say, a granary bread roll doesn't? I know they're baked differently (dough is boiled before baking) but does that change something about the nutritional value of the dough, or the way it reacts in your stomach? Will this give me that Kona qualifying time that I'm a mere 5 hours from?

Any thoughts, ideas, and/or answers welcome.
Garr    pirate
19/06/2006 at 13:20
Or I should I just shave my legs to reduce wind resistance?
19/06/2006 at 13:21
They are a bit more yellow. Yellow is the greatest performance enhancer.
19/06/2006 at 13:21
I eat them because they're low in fat, filling and bloomin' tasty!

A nice non-technical answer for you.
cougie    pirate
19/06/2006 at 14:12
I've missed this Bagel trend altogether. Is it too late to catch up ?
19/06/2006 at 14:13
per 100g bagels have 40g of carbs whereas a bread roll or 2 slices of bread have only 30g. Also bagels do not have any butter or fat in them, whereas bread has it added to the dough...
cougie    pirate
19/06/2006 at 14:16
But if I just ate more bread - I'd get the extra carbs ! And really, me eating more bread isn't an issue for me. :-)
Calf    pirate
19/06/2006 at 14:26
So adding butter to my bagels is a bad thing?
19/06/2006 at 14:37
i deep fry them.
19/06/2006 at 14:41
Cougie it's too late to worry about bagels missed at this stage. you need to forget about those bagels and concentrate on eating the bagels you need over the next couple of weeks. and whatever you do, don't try and over-compensate by cramming too many bagels into your training now - you'll just make yourself over-tired and peak in about 6 weeks time, which is no use to anyone.
19/06/2006 at 14:42
ROFL!!
Garr    pirate
19/06/2006 at 15:34
Cheers Spans. So it's just a nutritional thing then? No difference offer how it affects your gut? I understand too much bread can make you bloated (though with my rippling washboard abs of steel, I'll never notice this). Do bagels do the same? Am I even right about the bread?
19/06/2006 at 15:36
I find I can eat bagels without any butter or anything
whereas I couldn't eat bread that way
19/06/2006 at 15:37
Oh, no, wait, those were ring doughnuts weren't they...
Garr    pirate
19/06/2006 at 15:40
I also heard that jellybabies can come to life inside you and make homes in your kidneys, gall bladder or appendix (thus causing appendicitis). Can anyone confirm this?

I lost my appendix, but I think I just left it on the school bus, along with my recorder.
cougie    pirate
19/06/2006 at 15:49
Ta for that Ergs !

Garr - that could well be true - I certainly do feel a bit ill after eating a pack of them. (so moreish).

I think my appendix is OK though.
19/06/2006 at 15:53
Garr, that is definitely true. however, you can communicate with them using biofeedback, and if you get the leader on your side, they will organise a sacrifice of one of their community per hour of racing, thus freeing up vital energy stores to make you go faster.
19/06/2006 at 15:54
If you use the goodness of bagels over other breads, you can add jam and peanut butter to them with little guilt.
19/06/2006 at 15:58
Jelly babies control my head. Like the Numbskulls out of the Beano.


I wish they wouldn't make me do the things I do......
Garr    pirate
19/06/2006 at 16:11
Thanks Ergo. Do you know if anyone sells jellybaby psychopath dictators? I'm just wondering if I could perhaps feed my face with jellybabies between now and IMDE, then eat a dictator jellybaby before the race to induce a mass genocide of jellybabies, thus provding uber fuel while racing.
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