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Old 07-07-14, 08:08 AM   #1
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Do-It-Yourself Endurolytes

I've concluded that maybe my electrolytes get depleted on my five-hour rides. I wasn't convinced enough to spend the big bucks on Endurolyte capsules, but I figured I didn't have anything to lose by making my own.

I looked at the analysis for the Endurolytes,



and calculated that to make the equivalent, I would need:

.07 tsp Salt
.04 tsp Salt Substitute (KCl -- "No Salt" brand)
.15 tsp Calcium supplement powder
.25 tablet of Magnesium supplement (ground up, about .06 tsp)

So, roughly, I mix these powders up at a ratio of 1:1:2:1.

Then, for my delivery system, I liberally coat a mixture of nuts, and put them in a flip-top container and put that in my jersey pocket. I just pull them out and shake some into my mouth while riding. They taste great.



Perhaps I could market those under the names "Electronuts," or "My Salty Nuts."

Yesterday, I went on a "no food" ride, and put some of my mad-scientist powder in a plastic bag. I kept picturing the police stopping me and thinking it was cocaine, but that didn't happen, and I just ate a pinch of that stuff occasionally.

Let me know if my reasoning or math is faulty.
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Old 07-07-14, 08:32 AM   #2
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I don't know what the proportions should be but as a certified and card carrying 'old guy' I need every advantage available. I've been thing more about electrolyte supplements. This all can get costly so your plan to 'do it yourself' is very worthwhile. I also have been looking at antioxidants because repair work and free radical effects should be part of the maintenance process.
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Forget the math, obey the cramps. If you have a strange disappearance of the equine charles, I'm in. Where is the potassium coming in?
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Where is the potassium coming in?
Right here:

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.04 tsp Salt Substitute (KCl -- "No Salt" brand)
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Gotcha. Just wanted to make sure.

Is that potassium iodide, the additive to iodized salt?
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Is that potassium iodide, the additive to iodized salt?
No, "KCl" -- potassium chloride.
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On our WI trip we average high miles on some pretty hot, humid days.

I've become a big fan of Hammer Endurolytes as they seem to eliminate my leg cramps. I also like to dilute gatorade with water (I start with two large bottles of ice and then fill in the remaining space with gatorade).

We also tend to take long mid day lunch breaks (probably our biggest enabler).

And I do a protein drink (or two) at the end of the day before the beer begins.

But the big difference for me has been endurolytes and no more leg cramps.
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Perhaps I could market those under the names "Electronuts," or "My Salty Nuts."
I'd have a hard time keeping a straight face while chewing on "your salty nuts".

If potato chips weren't so sensitive, I'd stick a bag of them in my jersey pocket. Gu-Brew works for me.
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coconut water

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I use a couple of enduralytes a year, maybe 10 in a bad year like this one has been. OTOH, I think your delivery system is a genius idea. My experience is that I get relief from cramps when I put an enduralyte in my mouth, and apparently there are studies to back that up.
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If your name was Schwetty, you could call them...well, you know.
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Yesterday I found it was easy to pack this stuff into gelatin capsules. I took four with me on my ride, and it worked fine to just take one now and then.



I'm not convinced that downing these electrolytes keep me from occasionally getting very tired on rides, but I will say that since I've started with electrolytes, I haven't had any of those tired rides.
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