Prep. for 334 mile ride?

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    Jun 09, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    I have some very practical questions to ask.
    Some friends and I are in training for our yearly 334 mile ride from southern Alabama to the wonderful city of Savannah.
    1. We sometimes have fatigue and struggle with the daily route, other then Snicker bars are there other energy snacks we could use?
    2. Dehydration is always a major concern, we may not find a spot to rest and get more water for a 40 mile stretch. Should we exclusively use energy drinks, or water or both?
    3. I often have heat cramps (in my legs) after the first day, should I continue to lay down in a cool bath, or may there be another more practical solution to this problem?

    Thank you guys.
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 09, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    there are the different gels, and I've also heard raisins suggested as a good alternative.


    for Gels there's
    Power Gel - by the Power Bar people, a little sweet for my taste
    Clif Shot gel - a little bitter, but uses all natural ingredients, main carbs come from organic brown rice syrup.
    Gu - never tried this, but they also have an energy drink powder.

    they come in multiple flavors, and some of the flavors even have a dose of caffeine.
    they come in a small pouch, just rip the top and squeeze into your mouth fairly easy to do on a bike. You do need some water or liquid with them though.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    On long rides, I start the day with oatmeal, then eat oranges, bananas and fresh fruit on the ride. If you want a candy, try a cliff bar (peanut butter/toffee with caffeine is a good choice).

    40 miles is a long way to go, but if you must you must. Use multiple water bottles, one filled with water and one filled with an electrolyte replenisher. Carry a electrolyte powder with you and mix it as you go (so you don't need to carry bottles of gatorade). Remember, electrolytes are more than sodium -- you also need potasium, magnesium, sugars etc.

    Cramps can indicate that you are not getting enough potassium. You also might want to try stretching or massage to help with it.
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    Jun 10, 2008 9:50 AM GMT
    Very, very useful stuff guys...thank you.
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    Jun 11, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    1. I prefer the Clif Nectar bars and Lara bars, both are made with fruit, a bit moister and not as chewy as some of the regular bars and fewer calories too. I also will ride with a mix of dried blueberries, raisins and cranberries and/or a trail mix for "regular" food.
    http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_nectar/
    https://www.larabar.com/secure/index_.php

    2. Have you considered riding with a Camelbak or some sort of hydration pack? You can carry up to 100 oz of water and then have your sports drink in your water bottles.
    http://www.camelbak.com/index.cfm

    3. You may want to try Endurolyte capsules from Hammer Nutrition, I've had good experiences with them on hot days and difficult rides. I will start takign 3 a day a couple days before the event, and then a couple capsules an hour.
    http://www.hammernutrition.com
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    Jun 11, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    dagaus190 said1. I prefer the Clif Nectar bars and Lara bars, both are made with fruit, a bit moister and not as chewy as some of the regular bars and fewer calories too. I also will ride with a mix of dried blueberries, raisins and cranberries and/or a trail mix for "regular" food.
    http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_nectar/
    https://www.larabar.com/secure/index_.php

    2. Have you considered riding with a Camelbak or some sort of hydration pack? You can carry up to 100 oz of water and then have your sports drink in your water bottles.
    http://www.camelbak.com/index.cfm

    3. You may want to try Endurolyte capsules from Hammer Nutrition, I've had good experiences with them on hot days and difficult rides. I will start takign 3 a day a couple days before the event, and then a couple capsules an hour.
    http://www.hammernutrition.com

    I have the camelbak, but where in the world do I get the endurolyte capsules...GNC?
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    Jun 13, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    LutherGooch said
    I have the camelbak, but where in the world do I get the endurolyte capsules...GNC?


    I've ordered them direct from Hammer at:
    http://www.hammernutrition.com/
    but I have also seen them for sale at some cycling or sports shops.

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    Jun 18, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Hey, I tried one of those gels...omg those things are wonderful. icon_smile.gif