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    Cross-training: some thoughts

    Cycling made my quads big --> climbing while running way easier;
    Descending on bikes is easy and effortless --> descending while running very poor;

    These two things remind me that I should run more frequently, so that the hamstrings don't atrophy.

    Tried to eat a Snickers Marathon bar during a tri in Sept (on the bike) and realized that eating and riding is hard; tried to have a trail mix Clif bar during a half-marathon today and realized that chewing and running is harder. Solution? Stop trying to eat during athletic events. Unless you guys have a clever solution.

    Had a Power Bar raspberry gel after my half today, and in combination with a banana, a blueberry muffin, and a bagel bit, felt pretty awesome.

    Had a handful of nuts (almonds) which are said to have awesome anti-inflammatories inside (and I just love almonds); realized they weren't working within 45 minutes and took a serious ibuprofen & bath and got near-instant relief.

    Finally, running 13.1 reminds me just how easy riding 13.1 is. Committed to never complaining about 15 mile 90% max intervals again.

    That is all.
    Running season is in full bloom but I have the itch to ride cross.

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    We have many clever solutions. Easiest is to drink your food. Standard is about 250 cal./hr. during.

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    Quite a few people like GU which is a viscous formulation. It does not require chewing.

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    I was just on another post recommending gels. I buy them by the big bottle (26 servings, 650ml) and decanter into smaller bottles. They go down easy, which in turn helps maintain feeding discipline. When I was eating bars they were such a pain that I would skip eating them, which often ended up coming back to haunt me.

    Being on a complex carb gel drip on long events is an awesome feeling of constant energy.

    Eating crap sugar in the middle of an event (such as anything with the word Snickers on it) is a sure way to get insulin whiplash, as evident by the rush of energy followed by the energy crash. (reminds me a 60-miler climb I did with a six pack of red bull. Fun times )

    Hammer nutrition has 26-serving bottles (650ml). If you use a referral number on your first order (mine is 166280) they'll give you a 15% discount (and me a credit .
    Last edited by abdon; 11-17-10 at 05:48 AM.

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