Do you increase calorie intake for training days?

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    Has anyone ever done any training building up for a big run or bike ride and if so did you increase your calorie intake to give yourself extra energy on training days? I’m hoping to do a 56 mile charity bike ride in July, so far I have done a maximum of 30 miles on my bike at weekends and have added maybe a couple of hundred to my calorie allowance on those days, but I dunno if I need it to be more than that so that I build muscle and increase stamina? I’ve never trained for anything before as you can probably tell! :wave_cry:

    Tbh I find the idea of increasing my calorie allowance completely scary, I’m not happy with it at all because I don’t really know what I’m doing or feel like I’m in control of it. If I had a formula to work out exactly what extra cals I should be taking in to still lose weight, I’d feel more inclined to do it. I’m tempted to just keep to my 1200 cals limit to maximise my weight loss during training and then just increase my energy intake on the Big Day (it's not exactly running a marathon after all) but is that a bad idea? :confused: I would be really thankful for any advice or tips on this.
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