I have been reading the nutrition posts and have become more confused about sugar, electrolites, potasium, sodium, etc.
I am male, 43 years old. 213lbs (200lbs is my goal)
I consider myself in good health, no blood sugar problems, etc.
I am new to road bikes have worked up this summer to 50 miles.
Before I ride, I eat a good breakfast: Cherrios, skim milk, yogurt with a crunched granola bar and pre-hydrate with water.
A little after halfway through my 51 mile ride, I come to a point where I just can't pedal anymore.... If I was being chased by a bear I would be eaten. Just can't pedal at all.
I have to stop for about 20 minutes and pour water on my head, drink two (2) low calorie Gatorade's......After that, i am good as new. Like a new man.
However, i am holding up the team, I get left behind.
I only have room on my bike for two bottles, should I carry Low Calorie Gatorade?
What can I do so I don't shut down?
Should I pack a power par, Gel?
What is the difference?
What is happening to me when i shut down like that?
Can someone write me out a perscription ?