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2014-01-29 6:42 PM

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Cant tolerate Gatorade etc.. too sugary, makes me sick to my stomach. I have a 1/2 Aquabike and a Half Iron this summer and need suggestions for hydration/nutrition. I cant eat much solid on the run either. Currentyl I am NoSugarNoGrain and beginning to lose some weight, but have always preferred "natural " sugar/carbs to help sustain energy for long rides etc..ex I make homemade date/nutbars and cherry juice coconut water for drink.
Thinking if I bring my own to races it will be warm, very shaken up and gross?? (sensitive stomach, remember!)
Race venues I am registered for only have Gatorade offered on course


2014-01-30 12:44 AM
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I would just test your beverage of choice on long rides/bricks. If it tastes okay for a workout, or even a hike, that lasts about as long as the event, you should be fine. I often get coconut water here in Vietnam (from the coconut) have sometimes put it in my water bottles, and I don't recall it getting too gross when warm and even shaken up on an MTB ride. Some places chill the coconuts, but when we get it roadside, it's often served pretty warm. What does get really disgusting at high temps are some of the commercial sports nutrition products! My friend and I tried samples (I believe of Exceed) at a race one time and they became undrinkable within less than 3 hours with temps in the high 90's. Maybe they were mixed improperly--not sure.

I also can't stomach Gatorade for some reason on the run, and some of the sugary alternatives served at events here in Asia are even worse. My solution is to carry a sugar-free drink (Nuun or Hammer Endurolyte) in a waist pack (and in the bottles on my bike) and supplement it with water as needed at the aid stations. I also carry the one kind of gel that I can stand. (Yep, really picky--I gag on other stuff!) Homemade date/nut bars would be doable, but messy on the bike. Plain dates, or a whole foods type bar might be a more portable choice for a long bike leg. One of my favorites is ProBar--it's less sweet than other products, supposedly organic and "whole foods", and larger than most bars. Picky Bar is another similar brand started by athletes from my hometown.

But you might also want to find a gel/gu that you can stand as a backup--I'd intended to eat mainly the bars (cut in pieces) in my HIM, but I had some chain issues early on that resulted in my hands getting coated in bike grease and it was getting in my mouth. I was glad I had the gu on board as backup-- even though it wasn't my favorite thing to eat, it was a lot more palatable than bike grease!
2014-01-31 4:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Race day hydration/nutrition
http://succeedscaps.com/products/amino/This will hopefully be the answer! I faced some of the same issues and discovered this! Also, I had problems with gels in longer races/workouts and switched to the Clif Shot Blox......These 2 work perfect for me...everyone is different but I'm confident the Amino will cure the "Gatorade" issue.....

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2014-02-02 5:08 AM
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Thanks for the ideas. Last summer I began using coconut water with 100% dark cherry juice (taste and sugar) for my long hot day rides. I do make a date/nut bar that have taken in bento box before, I freeze them but just unsure how it will hold up with heat, motion etc.. I will also try NUUN this year but still wondering if that's enough appropriate calories for a 1/2.
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2014-02-02 6:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Race day hydration/nutrition
The drinks I mentioned have no calories so you would need something else for nutrition. I'm thinking of trying the coconut water with fruit juice concept myself for rides. It's cheap and easy to get coconut water here and I could get it mixed at the local juice place with any tropical fruit juice in season. A couple of friends who bike, run, and play tennis have taught our local café how to make them a "recovery drink" with coconut water, pineapple, and passionfruit juice--delicious! As another thought, when I happened to do a bike tour with one of Indonesia top master's cyclists a few years ago, I was surprised to see that he often put electrolyte tabs into diluted fresh fruit juice (easy to buy in most villages) rather than plain water, or mixed sports drinks with the juice, to add calories and get a more natural flavor. Never thought of that before, but my Nuun tabs did dissolve in several juices I tried--the lemon-lime and citrus flavors mix well.

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