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Gu Energy Gel(9 posts)

Gu Energy GelGTrider215
Aug 19, 2001 3:46 PM
Hey the other day i was going about 70 miles and i got really really tired and i almost fell into a ditch, like jan ullrich! but yah i was tired so my friend gave me the gu chocalte outrage energy gel. and it tasted good and that stuff woke me up! so i am thinking about ordered some but are they ok for me? Im only 15 so i dont know if theres anything in it i shouldnt have but im thinking im just gunna use it for rides over 30 miles. Well whatd ya'll think do u use that stuff?

Chris Vedral
re: Gu Energy Gelflyinbowlofmilk
Aug 19, 2001 4:07 PM
I would say that if it helped you that you should try maybe one or 2 own your own. Because it would be stupid to buy something because it gave you the energy to make it. Try the Gu Chocalate energy gel for yourself before you order some. I would also take into consideration you age too. Your body may have not been ready or use to you riding over the average miles you have done by yourself. look at everything before you order. Ok.
re: Gu Energy Geljtolleson
Aug 19, 2001 4:35 PM
Gu is mostly easily metabolized carbs plus for some flavors, caffeine. I honestly wouldn't worry about using it for the occasional long ride or century. Drinks like Red Bull (marketed heavily to teenagers) are much riskier in my book having ma huang and some of those herbal-speed type ingredients. Obviously you can read the package for warnings or ask your doctor next time you are in (caveat, I ain't no doctor!) but I wouldn't be worried.
Try eating food!Kerry Irons
Aug 19, 2001 5:21 PM
Yeah, yeah, I know it's totally retro, but you'd be amazed at the boost you can get from just eating food! All the studies say that you need some calories for any exercise lasting longer than 1.5-2 hours. There are all kinds of things that work fine (dried fruit, fig bars, GORP, etc.) that carry well, taste good, and are much cheaper than gels or energy bars. And if you are getting hunger knock and need a fast boost, it's hard to beat a 3 Musketeers bar. $.50 in your better gas stations. All of this stuff is just a way to get carbos into your blood, and despite what you might conclude from the marketing hype, there's no magic bullets out there. The high priced stuff is just that.
3 musketeersWoof the dog
Aug 19, 2001 6:34 PM
yeah its good to bring your sugar levels up, but since musketeers bar doesn't have complex carbohydrates (I believe it doesn't, or maybe does just a tiny bit) its not a good source of calories. You'll be bouncing off the walls for 15 minutes but then feel just as hungry. Now, Gu is good sh!t I use it all the time...it has all the different sugars that will give you a long energy boost. Got it?

P.S. I ride too fast to sit around and take all the dried fruit and nuts out of the bag without spilling stuff all around and without running off the road, going into the oncoming lane, crashing into mailbox posts or someone's wheel. Get the idea? All this retro stuff is fine as long as you can whip it out of your pocket without problems. Even concrete Powerbars are a pain. Gel packs are much easier.

Sincerely

Woof the dog.
Try eating food!Tig
Aug 20, 2001 10:38 AM
I'm all for cheaper alternatives to over-priced bars and gels, but simple carb's (sugar, sucrose,etc.) alone will only spike your blood glycogen level for a short period. That is cool for fighting the bonk since it is quick. Simple carb's spike the blood sugar quickly, but your body senses this and produces insulin to control it. The reaction can sometimes drop the blood sugar level lower that what some individuals started with. For bonk relief, go with something fast, followed by complex carb's for more duration.

I still use Power Bars since I can get them cheap at the local Randall's grocery.
I use it for the caffeine rush but not as food...Bruno S
Aug 19, 2001 6:45 PM
One or two GUs is ok for 50 miles rides if you also take a sport drink. But for a longer ride something that you can chew is far better. Now, the caffeine rush is fun. During my weekly club ride I usually take it before the descends start for added excitement :-). The thing is very sweet and after two I do not want to eat anymore. Beside I don't want to get too hyper will all that caffeine. Its also expensive. You should buy a few before ordering a whole box.
Try hammer gel expresso.look271
Aug 19, 2001 6:52 PM
Not too sweet (all complex carbs), plus caffeine. Buzz-o-mania. My favorite short ride-early am wake me up ride food. People look at the bottle (sometimes I mix it in my H20 bottle) and say "what's that, coffee?" You should see the looks when I say, "no, it's expresso!"
Cool Gu trick!MrCelloBoy
Aug 20, 2001 7:02 AM
Put the top of the Gu (or any brand gel) packet in the threads of your water bottle as you screw the lid on. Then you tear off the packet when needed and you don't need to deal with where to stash the sticky top! I saw this in "Mountain Bike" this last issue.