Hi, I've just started experimenting with Hammer Perpetuem to get ready for a couple of long rides this summer (150+ miles). While I've learned the lesson of "eat plenty" on long rides in the past, I think I may have overdone it on organized rides -- eating *too* much at rest stops; eating inconsistently; not eating anything between stops. I thought I would start playing around with a food/fuel like Perpetuem and see what the fuss is about.
So far, so good, on a couple of test rides (50-ish miles so far). I felt strong during the rides, and less sore the day after (though this may be the placebo effect, of course).
I have a couple of questions about longer rides:
1. Is Perpetuem the *only* food you take on a very long ride? I'm confused by their literature; they talk about using some of their products as "primary" food or "sole" food. I'm wondering about experience of 50+'ers on century- and century-plus rides: do you eat some "real" food in addition to a product like Perpetuem? If so, do you dilute the mixture so you don't over-fuel?
2. The literature says you can mix a "multi-hour bottle" for long rides. Will that work for very long rides -- say, 10 to 12 hours? Do you really just mix up one bottle of this stuff and nurse it for 12 hours?
3. What's the shortest ride you use this on? I never take or eat food on a ride shorter than 2.5 or 3 hours now; what about using Perpetuem in "small" doses (mixed to one-half strength the recommended amount?).
Thanks for the insight -- I know there is a training and nutrition sub-forum at BF but it's more than I have the "stomach" to wade through.