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Old 04-12-05, 11:40 PM   #1
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energy gels before race

I haven't tried this yet but think I might, I've noticed that once I take an energy gel during a ride I feel as good as if I just started, I get a huge amount of energy, I don't even seem to get this from energy drinks. Carbbooms have been a favorite of mine. However, would it be advantous to take a pack before a race as well so you have that extra boost of needed energy to last you through at least the first half of the race or would you bounk too soon?
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Old 04-13-05, 06:29 AM   #2
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Pre-exercise snacks high in carbohydrate are recommended as they have been proven to extend time to fatigue so I would suggest you try it. Other good options include fresh fruit salad and cold pasta salad (my personal favourite).
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Old 04-13-05, 06:58 AM   #3
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If you read on the back of most gels they say to take one 30 minutes before starting then 1 every 1/2-1 hour of exercise. I say try a gel before and experiment to see what works for you.
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Yes, try it at least one day before a race, and not just before a race. I never take it before a race, and I mix it with water so I don't have to take a lot of water with it. Nevertheless, I also carry additional fresh water bottle to wash it down. Incidentally, I like Accelerade fruit punch better.
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