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    Gu, gel or just pedal harder?

    I was recently in a pretty competitve 62m ride. The first hour I felt great. Had no trouble with the only big hill on the route. But around hour number two I got a bit tired. Had to fall off a wicked pace with some other riders. Hour three I was fine.

    My drinks were potent enough but maybe I needed to down some gu to sustain my energy. Or maybe I need to just pedal harder and extend my training rides?

    Any thoughts?

    John
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    - Lance Armstrong

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    You may need to train a little more, but before you adjust your training I would try the gu. It is amazing how well that stuff works. Bring a couple packets with you and have one ever hour. I live off of them when I start doing my long rides early in the season. I would deffinatly give them a try.

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    Agree with stridercc. But I would up my intake to one every thirty minutes. That is what is recommended in the latest issue of "Bicycling" and I find that it works better for me if I know I am going to be hitting it hard for more than a couple of hours. Nice big oatmeal or spaghetti feed about an hour before the start and then plenty to eat every half-hour along the way. Got to keep the fire stoked.

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    Cytomax along with gu (with caffeine) or figs. There really is something to the reduction in pain/discomfort on long rides that you get from the Cytomax...at least for me it works
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