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Old 08-08-09, 04:05 PM   #1
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Gatorade or Water?

So, yes, I googled it but I wasnt convinced with the results so Iam looking for an answer into ''cycling'', I hope you know what I mean. I read that Gatorade has electrolytes and carbs that I need but other persons says that it is good to use both when exercising. So my question is, do I use both or just gatorade?
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I like to fill one bottle up with each when I am doing a ride in the heat. I do water down the gatorade some, I find it to be way too sweet to actually consume when I am exercising, it will upset my stomach on it's own. For longer rides, a lot of the endurance mixes like cytomax are pretty good.
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Agreed. Full strength Gatorade seems too concentrated after awhile on a long ride. It can also be handy to have some plain water along for other reasons - like rinsing hands after changing a tire or other maintenance or for wetting down a bandana or headband on a hot day.
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I'll qualify this by saying 2 1/2 hours is my maximum ride to date. Those who ride longer, farther, faster might do things differentlly.

If I drink while riding or exercising, I drink water.

Gatorade (or something similar) I save for AFTER the ride, and it does appear to aid in a quicker recovery for me. I limit myself to one 8 oz glass per day.
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I drink Nuun for rides under 2 hours. It's has all the electrolytes of Gatorade without the carbs/sugar. I don't feel like I need any calories until I get beyond 2 hours. Without the electrolytes, however, I get depleted in the summer heat. Nuun comes in a tube of tablets that you just drop into your water bottle and add water. I has a little fizz kind of like alka seltzer but tastes better.
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Gatorade is too sweet and sticky and gets to my stomach pretty fast, not to mention making my hands all sticky. I use Heed Unflavored (which has a very light citrus flavor) and it doesn't get sweet on me.

I feel that using Heed takes me farther before I start cramping, dehydrating, etc., without making me sick to my stomach.

And no, they don't pay me or give me discounts or anything...
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What about the electrolyte pills? Temp here is always 90F plus, if that matters...
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What about the electrolyte pills? Temp here is always 90F plus, if that matters...

Some people need them on long hot rides, other don't. I need them for most rides over 4-5 hours, sooner (and more) if it's over 100 degrees. I prefer to seperate my eletrolytes and carbohydrates so I can adjust each as needed- calorie requirements don't go up with higher temps.

I don't like Gatorade. It's too sweet and HFCS doesn't sit that well with me. I prefer HEED. But that's a personal thing. Try more than one drink.
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