Does anyone have any thoughts/experience with the Sustained Energy drink from Hammer?
On last weekend's STP (one day ride of 204 miles) I tried it out thinking that it would be easier to 'drink' my nutrition. What I actually did was mix 2 scoops of SE with one scoop of HEED per water bottle. I know, I violated the 'don't try something new on a long ride' rule. I actually did try it on a 4 hour ride and it was ok.
However, on this ride, I think my body reacted negatively to it as half-way into the ride I developed nausea and really bad gas, to the point that I really couldn't eat (drinking was ok.) The lack of eating and (and not drinking much) really slowed me down to the point where I had to stop every 15 miles or so and try to eat. I don't know if it was the Whey in the product, the fact that I was also trying to eat a little bit, or that it was hot out (almost 90 C). The gas seems kind of funny after the fact, but during the 200 mile ride, unpleasant is an under-statement.
The reason I think it was the SE was that at about mile 145 I dumped it all out and went back to straight water and regular food. I slowly regained my strength and by the end of the ride I finished really strong. In fact, it was the best I felt all day.
Knowing that it was hot out, I also took a few of those Hammer endurolytes per hour to make sure I wasn't losing to much sodium & potassium.
I'm kind of new to the long distance riding thing (this year) and so I'm still trying to figure out what works and what doesn't as far as food goes. However, I do know that it's important to keep eating and drinking, not to eat to much at any time, and that adding some protein on longer rides is important.
So any thoughts would be appreciated.