Training & Nutrition - What is the best supplement?
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03-05-07, 01:53 AM
I see tons of different advertisements for power bars, guu gel, and such. What is your opinion about the best for a long ride or even a shrt ride pick me up?
03-05-07, 05:02 AM
bananas and fig newtons
03-05-07, 05:33 AM
03-05-07, 07:54 AM
Hammer Gel is good for rides under 3 hours. Sustained Energy is great for rides of 3 hours and more.
I like Cytomax
for daily training rides and workouts. So you can see my preference is for liquid food. For bars, I like Clif Bars.
is good for a recovery drink.
03-05-07, 08:13 AM
For a two hour strenuous mtb ride, I go with two gels (Power Bar brand), about 6 dates and a little less than two liters of water with Gookinaid Hydralyte to 50% recommended concentration. That covers the fast burning carb and electrolyte needs very well. In July and August, I'll increase to fluid to nearly three liters.
I gave up on energy bars. The fat content inhibits rapid absorption of the carbs, but they do handle the hunger issue on longer rides. The dates do that fairly well. On longer rides, I may carry a jelly sandwhich with whole grain bread as back-up (plus another gel with a few more dates).
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