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View Poll Results: What is your drinking strategy?
Drinking is for wussy. HTFU. 14 36.84%
Normal bottle in normal cage on frame. Why change it? 12 31.58%
Aero bottle in cage. Wind tunnel says so! 5 13.16%
Narrow tri- bottle between aero-bars. I don't like to get off the bars when I'm in the pain zone. 1 2.63%
Camelbak/some other weird contraption. Explain 6 15.79%
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Old 03-11-08, 01:26 PM   #1
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Drinking during TT

How do y'all do it?
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Old 03-11-08, 01:29 PM   #2
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camelbak! everyone glares at me, but i know i'm right.
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Aero and thirst quenching.
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I saw Ulrich in a TT get onto his bullhorns, grab his bottle, take a drink. Coast, shake the legs out for 2 or 3 seconds, then get back into the aero bars. I don't remember what TT it was, but he won.

I say go for 5 seconds of comfort during your TT. It may buy you some power back, and it's not going to cost that much. I know a lot of people who don't drink in anything under 40K, but I drink when I normally would.
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Last year I did the traditional water bottles/cages. I'm no top 5 finisher (just a top 15 CAT 4 on good days in my area) and it works for me but I'm sure I lost several seconds reaching down and grabbing a bottle (and it sucks on a compact TT frame). This year I'm trying the Profile Design Aero bottle since I'm doing tri's and duo's this year. Some folks do the camelback under the skinsuit deal.
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How do y'all do it?
I mix the vodka and tonic BEFORE the start. Separate bottles is just too hard...
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Old 03-11-08, 02:13 PM   #7
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reach down
grab bottle
open valve
squirt liquid of choice in mouth(damocles makes a good point)
close valve
return to frame
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reach down
grab bottle
open valve
squirt liquid of choice in mouth(damocles makes a good point)
close valve
return to frame
I'm going to print that out, laminate it and tape it on my stem. That's perfect!
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Glad to help.

I run a arundale bottle but I get so caught up in the suffering i never drink
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I decided to vote from my incredibly limited experience of one 15K: NO bottle needed. I probably would still leave the bottle off for anything less than 30K. Above that, a friend gave me a tip that camel backs can be very useful. #1) Place under jersey. Enjoy aero benefits of the added hump and #2) run tube right by mouth. Eliminates step #1,2,3,5 and 6 from the above step-by-step.
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Old 03-11-08, 03:08 PM   #11
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whiskey makes you strong

if it could dull the pain of amputations for centuries, it can get you through a TT.
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Really depends... .am I thirsty? How hot is it?
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Really depends... .am I thirsty? How hot is it?
Ok, let me provide a little more guidance. How about the following scenarios:
  • thirsty
  • not thirsty
  • hot
  • not hot
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If you hydrate properly before the race and it isn't hot as hell, anything under 30-35k no bottles are needed. That said, I usually grab one in case I feel like I need it. What's it going to lose me? 1.5 seconds? I don't care that much.
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>25k - yes

<25k but >15k - maybe (only if REALLY hot...love to dump the water on myself halfway through)

<15k - HTFU
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I've only done TT's less than 20K -- no water needed. So HTFU.
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