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Sports Drinks Revisitednoveread
Nov 20, 2002 2:03 PM
In the few years I have been visiting this site, perhaps one of the greatest posts (for me) ever was this one:

flyinbowlofmilk "How do Cytomax help a racer?" 4/30/02 9:14am

SPecifically, what Peloton had to say about how sports drinks work. Anyway, I had received my Team Performance newsletter this week and in it, the benefits of Accelerade were touted (specifically its inclusion of protein). After reading that article, I went back and re-read (for the umpteenth time) the post linked above and low-and-behold Peloton talks about Accelerade at the end. The key item he suggests is to consume sports drinks at the rate for which they were designed. So, having never used Accelerade, I was wondering if those of you who do use the stuff, what does the label say as to the rate of consumption?

I figured that if I were to use the stuff, I would use it as a post ride drink. But I can't seem to justify the cost when Peloton's suggestion of milk+salt+sugar makes SO much sense (both financially and physiologically). However, the article in the performance newsletter made a pretty good argument.

For the record, I'm a Gatorade guy. I found the ratio of water:sugar:salt that Peloton suggested was too sweet for my palette during a ride. But I always keep packets of sugar and salt with me on long rides in case of need.

Peloton, are you around, do you have anything further to add to this debate or the old post for that matter?


re: Sports Drinks RevisitedRockyMountainRacer
Nov 21, 2002 2:54 PM
I remember that post, I also thought it was a great discussion. I have a few things to add since then that you may find usefull:

Months back when we first had that discussion, I was using Gatorade as my sports drink, and Gatorade as my recovery drink (or beer). As my season progressed I started using Cytomax as my Sports drink, which I like much better than Gatorade. It absorbed out of my stomach a lot quicker, and didn't "sit" in there like Gatorade tended to do for me, especially with high-intensity efforts. I think I may have noticed some of Cytomax's claimed "lactate buffering" effects, but that could have been placebo effect as well, ya never know.

For recovery I started using the milk+sugar+salt drink that peloton recommend which worked very well and is the most economical option. For the past 3 months or so I've been using Endurox, primarily for convenience. I think it may work a little better too, but what I like most about it is you can pre-mix it and bring it to the race, group-ride whatever and not have to worry about it spoiling like milk.
Milk. Yuck. (nm)shirt
Nov 23, 2002 9:13 PM
re: Sports Drinks RevisitedNo_sprint
Nov 21, 2002 3:05 PM
I use both Gatorade and Accelerade relatively randomly. On rides I mix the Gatorade with water at 50/50. I use 1/2 the recommended amount of Accelerade. The longer and hotter the ride the more plain water I need.

We're sponsored by Scitrex so I also use that stuff and like it. Once again, much smaller amounts than recommended.
re: Sports Drinks RevisitedMikeDee
Nov 27, 2002 7:50 PM
Are sports drinks acidic? I've been having stomach problems on long rides (Tums work instantly but not long enough) and am wondering if sports drinks add to stomach acid, thus contributing to the problem. On these long rides, after I'm well into the ride, I can only stomach water.