That's it, I'm trying homemade powder this year. Thanks for posting that carbonfiberboy. One dumb question, 2c. equals 2 cups?
Cdat I have started brevets carrying twelve ensures; three in a single 750 ml bottle, and the remaining nine in my big handlebar bag. What can i say, it's heavy and it's ensure.
Yes, 2c. means 2 cups. But 12 Ensures? That's 12 hours, so that's like for a 400, and then another 12 bottles in your drop bag? Even with powder, better to find more that you can buy and eat at controls. Experiment. I know one guy who eats Hostess cupcakes, mostly because they're available. Another guy drinks chocolate milk. I eat fruit pies, sandwiches, and Subway. Variety is good.
400 km would be nice : ) The 12 Ensure was half the calories i needed for a 600, knocking back one per hour if needed (meaning i would be losing 250 grams per hour) and hopefully finding enough along the way to keep going. I guess I suck at foraging in convenience stores and have a fear of bonking alone in the wilderness... at the start of a big ride i typically am carrying the majority of my calories.
I mix it up.
One bottle of instant breakfast liquid for every 100 km of distance plus one. Eg. A 300 km brevet gets 4bottles, a 400 gets 5, etc.
Same formula for sandwiches...usually ham and cheese with mustard, no mayo.
And stuff to munch in the bento bag...mostly chocolate covered espresso beans and large wintergreen lifesaver.
At lunch and dinner stops its usually a salty soup...French onion, chicken noodle, etc. And a hot sandwich.
I often order more sandwich than I can eat and take the remainder with me in a plastic bag. ( i carry these bags with me for just such occasions).
At convenience stores I'll most often get Dr.Pepper and V8.
A little note on the homemade mixes that might be useful.
Add a little lite salt, or the type of salt that has potassium chloride as a partial replacement for sodium chloride, to the mix. It doesn't need to be much at all and it is a matter of experimenting to make sure the taste doesn't come through.
From my understanding (based on experience), an imbalance in electrolytes in the stomach can hinder adequate uptake of the nutrients, leaving a sloshy or bloated feeling and an extended period of lack of energy.
I haven't looked at the contents of Ensure of late, but I suspect that electrolytes would be included in the recipe. And I think Perpetuem as well.