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drinking your fluids

Old 01-01-08, 04:14 PM
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drinking your fluids

what do you guys find are the best fluids to take during your spins? gatorade, water, etc?
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I usually go with Nuun.
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I'm mostly a water guy...tried Nuun once and it didn't agree with my stomach for some reason. As it gets hotter I usually do a bottle of water and a bottle of gatorade, mixed a little weak. On hot centuries (90+-degrees) I do water only with endurolyte tablets.
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The thought this title brought was quite..... ew. Something along the lines of the suits in Dune.

Anyhow, I detest gatorade. It gives me heartburn and leaves a bad after taste.
HEED is my preferred drink. This year I may throw in an endurolyte tablet or two. That and try perpetum.

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In the bottles:
-- Water
-- HEED

At the rest stops/convenience stores:
-- 100% pure Orange Juice
-- Nestea Iced Tea
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Gatorade is garbage. It's better than nothing if you're bonking and can't find anything else, but that's it. For rides of two hours or less, I go with plain water (assuming a decent breakfast beforehand). If it's longer than two hours, a bottle of water and a bottle of HEED, and if it's more than 2.5 hours, some food or gels too.
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Originally Posted by ericm979
Gatorade is garbage. It's better than nothing if you're bonking and can't find anything else, but that's it.
It also makes your teeth go fuzzy, and leaves the worst taste in your mouth. Blech!
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water, only water.
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Water, heed, and perpetuem for liquids... depending on the ride.
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Water, and granola bars to chew on at times.
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Hi im Johnny Knoxville and this is the drinking your fluids trick!
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I start with a carbo/protien drink within the 1st hour (and an apple while I am warming up). I then have a bottle of water and a bottle of Cytomax on my bike for the next 2-3 hours and drink accordingly. If I am going really hard I may switch in a diluted bottle of coke/water.

If the ride, or race is longer than 4 hours I will add an extra bottle or coke/water. If it is really hot I will add extra plain water as needed.

I eat powerbars and use gels strategically.

Eating beforehand is critical on rides longer than 2 hours. Most people don't eat enough and eat too close to their riding time, not allowing for digestion.

Of all the things that you need to learn about cycling for extended periods, I find that most people don't get the eating right. It can be pretty tricky, is condition dependent, and will be different for everyone.
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My main issues for centuries is that the start time is early in the morning. I can not eat until my stomach wakes up. Consequently, I start in a deficit and then catch up.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
My main issues for centuries is that the start time is early in the morning. I can not eat until my stomach wakes up. Consequently, I start in a deficit and then catch up.
Here's a little secret tip: Ensure.

You know I do a lot of long rides, well, a lot of these rides start at the strangest hours of the morning (1 am, 3 am, 4 am, etc.). I cannot eat before 10 am. I just can't ... I've tried and tried, and then finally just accepted it.

However, I can knock back a can of Ensure. The Ensure Plus is about 350 calories, which isn't a lot, but can get you going. Then I find that nibbling all the way through my rides works for me. I have a Bento bag in front of me, and I graze.
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High5 4:1 and either Gatorade or High5 isotonic.
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One bottle has Nuun the other water. Nuun tablets are great to carry around too and add to water that you pick up along the way.
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under 1.5-2hrs, water only...anything over that GU2O(orange or berry)...sublte flavor, goes down easily, doesn't uspet my stomach...works great at keeping my hydrated when it's hot out....and it doesn't taste awful when it gets warm...plus I get it for $15 a jug and it mixes pretty easily as well
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Unless I'm riding over 75 miles, I stick only to water. It sits easier in my stomach than any other fluid, and I also don't have to worry about any stickiness that other drinks often provide. This is especially important if I need to wash something off which sometimes happens (although rarely).

If I'm going to be on the bike all day, I like to have one bottle with half gatorade, half water. All other bottles will contain water.
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Originally Posted by rollin
One bottle has Nuun the other water. Nuun tablets are great to carry around too and add to water that you pick up along the way.
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just noticed that the Nuun is $5 a tube at Nashbar right now....I may pick up a few tubes to try it out.
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Originally Posted by Machka
Here's a little secret tip: Ensure.

You know I do a lot of long rides, well, a lot of these rides start at the strangest hours of the morning (1 am, 3 am, 4 am, etc.). I cannot eat before 10 am. I just can't ... I've tried and tried, and then finally just accepted it.

However, I can knock back a can of Ensure. The Ensure Plus is about 350 calories, which isn't a lot, but can get you going. Then I find that nibbling all the way through my rides works for me. I have a Bento bag in front of me, and I graze.
Thank you. I will give that a try next time. Starting a long ride in a deficit is annoying.
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Nature breaks as feed zones?? Your idea intrigues me...

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