Expect there are lots of preferences and approaches, but just wanted to see what people are going for?
Having experimented over a few of these races, I now do liquids only, in the firm of energy drink and gels, as I found it was just too much of a nuisance trying to chew and swallow solid stuff while riding.
Also, how much should you look to take on over a long, say 6-12hr, race?
1. I've read in a couple of places that 500ml per hour is a good starting point for drinking. But personally (unless its VERY hot) I find this way too much, and will end up bloated, making multiple stops, or being up half the night after a race.
2. I also read somewhere to take on a gram of carbs per kilo of bodyweight per hour - so 2 gels + energy drink equals about 70g for me. Another book said to target 40-60g of carbs per hour, as the body can't take on more over that time.
A concern of mine is that I'm usually up half the night taking a pee after these long races. Could I perhaps be taking on too much sugar, which then has to be "flushed out" later? This can't be a good thing, surely?
Any thoughts / views would be much appreciated!
Last edited by Boneyjoe (19 April 2013 11:34)