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What to drink?(8 posts)

What to drink?Mike E.
Jul 7, 2001 9:40 PM
What do you all drink to keep you hydrated on the road? In the beginning I just drank water all day before the ride and water in my bottle. Now, I'm using powdered Gatorade mix and it works pretty well. I was just wondering if it's worth the money to spend 20 bucks on these drinks I've seen in the magazines like Accelerade. And I know that drinks like Red Bull are pretty much caffine but will they work as well for some quick energy? Thanks, Mike E.
Give Cytomax a tryDCW
Jul 8, 2001 4:51 AM
I've used Gatorade, diluted water/o.j/honey, and other homemade concoctions over the years, but I haven't found anything that hydrates, provides a few carbs, nutrients, etc. and tastes as good as Cytomax fruit punch. (My wife calls it my $50 Kool-ade.) I am thinking about trying Accelerade just for a chance of pace. Whatever you choose, experiment with various strengths (dilutions) to get the taste right for you. I think Excel has a good discount price on Cytomax.
re: What to drink?Schimanski
Jul 8, 2001 8:29 AM
I wouldn't recommend Red Bull or any other caffeine based energy drink. I've tried them and they only make you sweat more and lose more liquid than you would otherwise, besides the caffeine "overdose" you get from just one can isn't exactly good during an exercise.
No, don't even think about it.Woof the dog
Jul 8, 2001 8:26 PM
With my extensive experience with Red Bull, I would have to disagree. Red Bull is my prerace and during-the-race drink. It gets you going, just like Coca Cola, only without as many bubbles. It gives you that push, the second breath and you leave your enemies in the dust. Its the best drink by far, but everything comes at some price: you gotta learn when and how much of it to use. I recommend one can of Red Bull 15 minutes before the race and some water, plus one red bull in a water bottle topped off with plain water starting 20 minutes before the end of the race. Second bottle is smartfuel or any other kind of powdery stuff that you should drink regularly throughout the race. For criteriums, drink one bottle 10 minutes before the race and have a really diluted red bull for the race because all that sprinting does dehydrate you a lot faster than a long rr.
Woof, the red bulldog.
Caffeine is bad...Only300
Jul 8, 2001 1:24 PM
Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it makes you thirsty/dehydrates you. While small amounts give some energy boosts, drinking too much of it will dehydrate you. I'd stick with Gatorade or water, I've never tried anything else though.

Good luck!
the truth about caffeine...wingnuts
Jul 8, 2001 2:00 PM
caffeine is a diuretic, true...although drinking a cup of tea before a race may not be a bad idea. a little bit of caffeine in your system facilitates the binding and release of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body's natural energy source, in the muscles, thereby allowing you to spin harder and longer, which in the long run, staves off fatigue. Also, if you're going to go with Cytomax...make sure you try it out for a while before race testing it. I did a race where they were handing it out at the water points and it upset my stomach and ended up really huring my race. My best advice is to go with a watered down gatorade mix. A little bit of sugar and electrolytes and a lot of water. Hope this helps a little. Happy racing!
Tried Endurox R4 for the 1st time Sunday...ScottH
Jul 9, 2001 6:43 AM
I have been using water and Gatorade and occasionally a Red Bull during the ride. I've been noticing that my muscles are not recovering as quickly as I would like after a long ride and I stay sore for a few days after. A few of my friends recommended Endurox R4 so I tried it during a slower pace group ride on Sunday. Usually I have to use gels throughout the ride to keep my energy up but with the R4, I hardly used it. I also felt more energetic throughout the ride.

I think the best advice though is to try a few different things and find out what your body likes. Everyone is a little different.
go to and check out...keith m.
Jul 9, 2001 10:25 AM
warp aid. great product, great price. doesn't upset your stomach like some acidy citrus flavors can do. The first time I ordered from them, they sent me about $20 worth of samples from every type of drink (pre, and post riding drinks) and about a dozen energy bars to try.