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Caffeine question(5 posts)

Caffeine questioncydswipe
Jun 23, 2002 1:18 PM
I always thought that caffeine(soda pop) was a bad idea during and after rides. Doesn't it restrict the absorption of water? It seems most products like Gu or Clif bars all contain it. What's the general opinion?
re: Yin and Yang...Akirasho
Jun 23, 2002 1:33 PM
... I'd suspect that, like with most stuff... it's a balancing act.

Personally, I've used caffiene in Mountain Dew to jump start fat metabolism (during a ride... the theory goes that caffiene may aide in using fat as a fuel instead of glycogen) with the trade off that it's a potent diuretic... balance is the key (now if I only remembered where I left my key...).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Caffeine questionmickey-mac
Jun 23, 2002 1:53 PM
Akirasho's right about balance. I almost always used to down a cup of coffee before leaving the house for a ride. However, I also stay well-hydrated, drinking a lot of water during the day. I never had a dehydration problem that I would attribute to caffeine. The only reason I stopped drinking coffee before rides was that I felt like I had to take a leak about 10 minutes after leaving. Getting older is fun in some ways, but it stinks in others.
Probably depends on the ride.Matno
Jun 23, 2002 6:04 PM
It might help with shorter rides (i.e. a quick sprint), but for longer rides, it will definitely slow you down. Plus, it has a lot of bad side effects. (Poor short term memory being one of them - from a recent study at Harvard Med). I know that when I did competitive swimming back in High School, one of our team's strategies was to get the other team to drink lots of coke and eat candy bars like Snickers (we would sell them really cheap at the meets). Nothing like sugar and caffeine to make you poop out halfway through a race! Worked like a charm. I'd say, stick with the non-caffeine goos unless you really need an immediate, short-term boost. (Just my $.02)
re: Caffeine questiont-bill
Jun 24, 2002 10:03 AM
I have read that although ceffeine is a diuretic (spelling?) it will not significantly affect your performance if you are used to ingesting it. Many endurance atheletes still drink their morning coffee on race day.