I must also suggest against the (chocolate, strawberry) milk. For years in the military we get warned against drinkikng milk before a workout. I have seen many people lose what they ate (usually ceral w/ milk) before the race on the course. After wards isn't good either. You stomach is warm and milk is cold so the combination might make it come back up. I will say that a long while afterwards is good but wait until you are very cool! Ok this topic has made me raid my pantry for whatever I would drink. I have three things that actually made it through my personal preference wringer. The first in my line for recovery, mainly because it is made for recovery, is PowerBar Performance Recovery Drink. I prefer the orange flavor but you can pick whatever you like. The balance is good and it helps me to stay on my feet after a long ride, or even a short sprint. Next is GU2O (the 2 would be subscript) which is just a good all around drink. I usually use this for during the race when I'm really feeling funny or just need a little pick me up. *Side note: I also like Gu gel packets for energy.* Last is Gookinaid Hydralyte (usually called Gookinaid). This interesting drink was made by a runner Bill Gookin. It's a much lighter drink then the rest but it still helps to replenish some of what was lost. I like this because it doesn't have as much sodium. So if you are on a diet or woried about sodium then this will work for you. I usually use this since I like to keep my blood pressure low and I have to fight genetics and race already. *Side note: Blacks tend to have higher blood pressure and problems with sodium.* So those are the few drinks that have made it through my preferences. I have tried many but few have survived. One of the great benefits of working at a bike shop is getting to use all the product that couldn't sell and see why it didn't make it. Also I get to buy it cheaper and not worry when I think the stuff is a dud. I hope that this has helped you out.
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I asked my coach about chocolate milk as a recovery drink and he said it was a new craze that is now popular. He doesn’t recommend it because the dextrose in milk is not the best sugar for recovery. But he believes that if you like it, you’ll drink it and drinking chocolate milk is better than drinking water but not necessarily the best drink choice. Accelerade would be the best choice or the perpetuem that I have been drinking.
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Just as an aside, I read recently that chocolate milk was as good a recovery drink as most of the expensive stuff. Cheap and readily available on/after many road rides. I sometimes buy a carton when I'm on a long road trip.
Edited by: KELOWNAGURL at: 5/30/2007 (01:01)
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i'm glad it worked out for you. you didnt pull the grandchild behind you did you? perpetuem has very little taste, thats one thing that is good about it. i know some people add a little crystal light because they want some flavor. i like it plain.
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MAGELLAN1 Thanks for the recommendation for Hammer perpetuem. I picked up a bottle at a local triathletic store and tried it on my century ride yesterday. First of all, the stuff tastes good. The flavor is an orange dreamcicle. I was hoping that is was not too sweet which it was not. It had a good smooth consistency and mild taste. I had two bottles during the ride and supplemented with food. My DH even liked the taste. I might try using the perpetuem, without other foods, for a shorter ride to see how that woks out for me.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
i dont like to eat much before i ride either. have him try eating a banana or 1/2 pbj sandwich a little while before the ride, maybe in the car on the way home from work. he can also pack a banana, fig newtons,granola bar, or a gu for the ride.
We're not hard-core riders, but I figured this would be a good place to ask my question. Because of my husband's work schedule, our rides together will be in the evenings, when he gets home. He thinks we should eat dinner first and then ride. I think we should have a light snack, ride and eat dinner after. I personally prefer not to ride on a full stomach. He also has hypoglycemia so I'm not sure which would be best for him. I sure don't want him keeling over someplace. Any suggestions anyone? For now, the rides will only be about 30-45 minutes.
i am not a racer, but do go on some long hilly mountain bike rides and have done some sprint triathalons. i know some guys that do 25 hour races at elevation out west.
here is what i do-for a ride that will be 2 to 4 hours i put a sports drink in my camel pack (currently useing gu products, but like hammer products and even watered down gateraide). i take a cliff bar or granola bar along for a snack midway.
for a race i dont eat solid food in the morning. i like Hammer perpetuem, its a mix of carbs and protien. i drink that one the way to the race, and put it in my bottle on the bike. sometimes a gu and soem water before running.that sustains me for the race. then recoveraid after. or some type of protien (pbj or turkey sandwich is fine)
one guy that does the 24 hour races uses all hammer products, no solid food for the race. he has done leadville 100 2x's, the first time he cramped up from solid food i think he had a cliff bar or somehting. the second time all liquid/gels.
i think the gu and hammer products in the water bottle vs just plan water and supplementing with intermittant carbs is better, this way you have a steady supply. i have pretty good endurance using this method.
I agree with MyVista on the fueling up. I put in a 12+ hour day this past Saturday without taking much in during the day (not desireable), but I fueled up well intentionally the day before. I also try to take in some simple carbs every hour. How much fuel depends on how hard I'm working. The longer I go, the slower I go. If you're looking to add speed and distance, consult a real training resource.
From what I have read, it is good to fuel up mostly on carbs (70%+) the day before a big effort. My reading suggested going with simple carbs in order to not stress the digestive track, but I do okay eating more complex carbs, since those are generally the only ones I eat so my body is used to them. Fruit was not recommended due to fructose being harder on the digestive track, but do what works. Once I'm riding I use bars, gels, love the Clif Shot Bloks (but not paying for them), and energy drinks. I like post-ride recoup drinks to get carb and protein to my muscles for proper recovery.
Pre-ride fueling is important, especially the hydration! If you're going long and slow, you can train your body to run more on fat, and the carbs won't be as big of a necessity, but they are still important.
Have fun! Best of Luck, and let us know what works for you. :-)
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Hi, I'm not an elete racer but I do a lot of long distance cruising. ( 85 to 100 miles a day, repeted) If you a burning those kindof calories you need to fuel up with high carbs ans some protein. If I don't eat every hour I will bonk. Gatoraid for lites, Power bars,or Hammer bars, raisins, nuts, fruit, whole wheat bread, and some dairy. I also use caffeine in the form diet soda or regular if I need it. ( Burns fat) Also after the ride, in the first hour I do sugar and protein. I use Endurox but there are other recovery drinks. It really puts the glycogen back for the next day for me. I don't use gels but many of my friends do. Good luck
Edited by: MYVISTA at: 5/21/2007 (18:15)
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