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Drink on down hills not climbing or uphills less energy?????(5 posts)

Drink on down hills not climbing or uphills less energy?????abicirider
Apr 2, 2003 3:21 PM
I've heard this a couple of different times to drink on downhills not while climbing or up steep short grades as it takes more enegry to drink while climbing, anybody else hear or believe this just curious if it is fact or myth.

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Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Drink on down hills not climbing or uphills less energy?????Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 3:38 PM
Well, I find I need all my mouth time for breathing when I'm going up a hill and even my hands for pulling! But I wouldn't drink on a downhill much because it'd rather not be shifting around and one-handed at high speed. Tend to drink at the top of a hill or on relative flats.
probably mythmohair_chair
Apr 2, 2003 3:58 PM
Is there a case where someone lost a race because they drank on the uphill instead of the downhill? I doubt it, so I doubt you could ever prove it as fact.

Even if you could prove it true, I'd say it was a dubious fact. If you need to drink on the uphill but you choose not to to save energy, it will probably have a worse impact your performance.
re: Drink on down hills not climbing or uphills less energy?????flying
Apr 2, 2003 4:32 PM
Well I believe in just drinking & often as in *before* your thirsty;-)
That other method wouldn't fly here where climbs can last 2 hours ;-)
re: Drink on down hills not climbing or uphills less energy?????TWD
Apr 2, 2003 5:06 PM
It probably depends on how long the hill is. If it's a short hill (5 minutes or less)and you're going anearobic, you're probably better off not wasting your breath trying to suck down water. If you're hydrating properly a short climb without water isn't going to hurt you.

If you're talking a 45 minute climb on a hot day, you'd be crazy to wait till the downhill.

Do what feels comfortable to you. If you can drink often during the climb without passing out from oxygen debt (and I think most people can manage that), then by all means do it.

Now, choking down a clif bar on the climb is another matter. Trying to fiddle with the wrapper (don't want to litter ya know) and then chew that brick and wash it down without suffocating yourself......that's a challenge.