Training & Nutrition - quantifying electrolytes
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05-05-05, 10:12 AM
I know how many calories to eat before and during a ride. I know how much water to drink. But I'm totally clueless to quantities of electrolytes. I use cytomax, eat bananas before hand, eat beef jerky during, but I would like to get a better idea of how much.
While preparing for my upcoming first Century, I also struggled with this. "I want numbers!" I kept thinking. What I found was that this is all over the map. Gatorade has you high on sodium, others low. In the end, what I did was read the "technical" papers on each of the websites for the vendors; ie' Cytosports, Gatorade, etc. and try to decide who I thought made the most sense.
In my case, I leaned towards Hammer's information. They have a pretty good guide that I gleamed the figures from: http://www.e-caps.com/downloads/fuelinghandbook.pdf
I can't say they are any smarter than anyone else. All vendors have their "expert" studies. It's just that I felt most comfortable with their presentation and conclusions.
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