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Exercise Drinks, which one?(9 posts)

Exercise Drinks, which one?El Caballito
Aug 19, 2002 5:09 PM
Just wondering what people are drinking aside H2O. Im thinking of trying Cytomax while I drink. Im averaging 50 miles on Sat. & Sun., during the week, two 25-30 mile rides.

My tempo is faster now that Im riding with other guys. My legs burn and some fatigue. Will cytomax help? Anything else?
You need caloriesKerry
Aug 19, 2002 5:50 PM
not necessarily an energy drink. The drink will supply the calories, plus some electrolytes, so no problem there. You will likely end up with a sticky bike, though. For only 50 miles, you can probably do just as well with solid foods, you likely don't need electrolytes for that distance. High cost = energy bars. Low cost = fig bars. Effect will be the same. Whatever you decide to do, you likely will have to experiment a little to find what works: tastes good, digests easily, provides the needed boost. Some things will do one or two of these, but not the third, so beware.
You need caloriesRich_Racer
Aug 20, 2002 1:45 AM
I use Hi5 carb drink with a little added 'low sodium' salt (mostly potassium). I think it works well on longer rides - probably improves recovery on the shorter ones too.


re:Which ever works for you.dzrider
Aug 20, 2002 6:23 AM
I ride with 2 bottles, one with water and one with an energy drink. I suspect the difference between various drinks on a 50 mile ride would be mostly a difference in taste and how well your stomach tolerates the drink. I've used diluted Gatorade, GookinAid, PowerAde and Succeed with pretty equal results. Extran, Conquest and XLR8 all troubled my stomach which, of course, may not be true for you. For some reason I'm able to tolerate Ultima longer than most, so lately I've been using that for long rides.

I agree with the implied suggestion in an earlier post to start cheap and not spend more than you need to. I also like powders which are economical, easy to carry in quantity, and easy to mix to my own taste.
Nothing wrong with TANG drink mix, cheap, just as good (nm)Breakfast
Aug 20, 2002 8:28 AM
e-load ... nmRoyGBiv
Aug 20, 2002 8:46 AM
simple solution..dotkaye
Aug 20, 2002 8:59 AM
coca-cola and water mixed half-and-half is isotonic, has sugars, potassium and caffeine. Plus it tastes better than most sports drinks. Works great for me..
Powerade/Gatorade/Kool-Aid should be fine.Quack
Aug 20, 2002 11:32 AM
I never really use anything other than water while training. For racing, I just use Powerade or Gatorade 50/50 with water and a gel or two. Staying hydrated is easy, preventing the bonk at the 80 mile mark is a bit more difficult. Even with a great meal hours before, it's tough not to burn it all off in 4 hours and be left for dead. I will usually take more substantial food while training like bananas and energy bars and the miracle energy food, Pearson's Salted Nut Roll.

If you find that you are sore the next day from training, try a recovery drink shortly after your tough rides. It may dramatically improve your recovery. I use a product from GNC called Endurance that works well for me. I think they are all about the same. I guess the key is the protein and carbo uptake right after exercise that gets your muscles a fixin.
Vitamin Water before, Gatorade during, endurox after... nmjose_Tex_mex
Aug 20, 2002 4:01 PM