Originally Posted by joker70
This will be my first century so any advice will be greatly appreciated. I'm shooting for sub 6 hours of riding time.
I hear the rest stops are well stocked, but I've never tried the SPIZ drink. My stomach is pretty sturdy but I've never used a soy protein drink for during an event. I regularly use Accelerade though. I'm assuming there will be plenty of water. How about whole food at the stops?
Right now my plan is to carry two small water bottles, one with just water and the other bottle with water + 6 scoops of Accelerade. Take a sip of the Accelerade and gulps of the water. Refill the water only bottle at the stops.
Breakfast at 4 AM (Denny's grand slam breakfast or a breakfast burrito) & coffee.
1 Powerbar pre-ride (if hungry).
1 Endurolyte capsule every hour.
1 PB&J sammich at around mile 40.
2 powerbars and 4 gels as needed.
You don't want too much breakfast, and especially not too much fast. Grand slam is contraindicated, but the breakfast burrito is probably okay. I look for perhaps 400 calories before a century - not a ton of food.
For food, target around 250 cal/hour of food, mostly carb and a little protein. For me that's a large bottle of water with two scoups of accelerade, and a bit of solid food (part of a bagel, some newtons, etc.). That works well for me. I used to do clif bars, but they're too heavy for my stomach and gels don't work well for me.
Don't try a new hydration drink on a long ride - only bad things can happen. The soy stuff gives me bad stomach issues. You can carry extra accelerade in small snack-size ziplocs and then tear off the corners to refill at stops.
Don't bother with the endurolytes - they don't have enough salt to be useful even if you take the maximum per hour. Jerky is pretty good.