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Help! Accelerade tastes like lime yogurtshirt
Jan 10, 2003 1:51 PM

I've been convinced, mainly by the late Dr. Burke, that I need to replenish protein during long rides, and consequently ordered my first tub of Accelerade. I mixed up a couple batches yesterday and went for a long ride, only to discover that it goes down like so much lime yogurt. Does anybody else feel like they're drinking a dairy product?

Are there any other options anyone has tried that have a measurable amount of protein? I've really liked Cytomax in the past, but I'm a victim of both well-executed marketing and genuine research. Maybe a 50/50 Accelerade/Cytomax mixture will do the trick...
re: Help! Accelerade tastes like lime yogurtNo_sprint
Jan 10, 2003 2:15 PM
I have found that all the mixes, Cytomax, Accelerade, etc. taste horrible to me when mixed at the recommended amounts. In a large bottle I typically put 2/3 of one scoop of Accelerade in. Of course, you won't get the numbers they publish for a typical serving. I just can't stomach any of them at recommended amounts. I also prefer the Orange Accelerade over the Lemon/Lime.

Note, in the summer I even water down Gatorade at 50/50. On those long hot summer rides, any flavored drink at all that's as hot as the road it's near get as hard for me to drink as maple syrup. There are outfits on the web where you can get the big cans of Accelerade for $17 shipped, no tax.
Try eating foodKerry
Jan 10, 2003 5:07 PM
You can get your protein from food rather than the high priced miracle "aides." To get the amount of protein you might need, peanut butter or mixed nuts will get you there with a much more pleasant experience and probably a lot less risk of stomach problems.
True Kerry but . . .allervite
Jan 10, 2003 6:04 PM
The PBJ gets all over my handle bars and makes a mess in my jersey pocket! Also, it's hard to chew when I'm gasping for breath in the paceline.
No wayshirt
Jan 10, 2003 7:27 PM
You can't convert that stuff to anything useful fast enough. The only food I've found to be reliably useful is the Trustworthy Banana. For protein, I don't know of any food that will go down (and stay down) as smoothly and undramatically as a banana. Ergo, Accelerade.

The situations where I need the nourishment do not involve rest stops or saddle bags; I'm generally in my 2nd, 3rd or 4th hour, my ave. HR is over 170, and I've lost the feeling in my hands. Nuts? I'll ruminate on the nutlets for hours. Peanut butter? It will never leave the roof of my mouth.
State your termsKerry
Jan 12, 2003 6:05 PM
You're alternating between wanting protein, which you say will never stay down, and then pure carbs with a high glycemic index (banana). If you just want carbs, there are many other things besides bananas, and that will actually keep in your jersey pocket. Fig bars are great, IME. Some swear by dates. Dried fruit in general is calorie dense, not too hard to chew, and fast acting. Just remember to drink plenty of water too. If you're flat out for the entire distance, then only liquids are likely to work, or at least be easy. However, those TdF pros chew a lot of solids, including things like ham, cream cheese, etc. and they seem to be able to tap into the protein therein. There are some lulls in the action (AKA feed zones) where eating solid food works for the pros.
Jan 13, 2003 9:56 AM
For century type riding, I'll eat anything. I have overgorged myself on many a long slow ride and enjoy it quite a bit. Incidentally, I will only ride a Century with my racing buddies to the first rest stop. As they fly on, trying to do the 100 in 4 hours, I stop and try to give the volunteers my best impression of a starved pig.

When I am racing or training with a really fast group, I have found there are two substances that it is best for me to take in greatest moderation if at all. They are of course: Saturated Fat and Fibre. So for me the cookie so many love that is not a cookie, but "Fruit and Cake." Is a no no. Mostly, I rely on those overpriced, over processed gels and liquids for my carbs and a bit of protein.

One natural food I have tried and love is ham and pineapple jelly sadwiches. I use the prcessed, pressed deli ham and white bread. The pain is cutting them in quarters and wrapping each in tin foil.
Yeah, but the original post said "distance rides" (nm)Kerry
Jan 13, 2003 5:40 PM
Yeah, but that's not what I meant.shirt
Jan 14, 2003 10:29 AM
I NOTICED it on a long, slow ride. I CARE about it when my eyes are crossed at 28 mph at the front of the line during the third hour.
"melted lime sherbet" comes to mind.PseuZQ
Jan 10, 2003 9:16 PM
When I first tried it, I nearly retched. I've acquired a taste for it though, and wouldn't use anything else now. I've found the creamy-ish consistency to be easy on my stomach.
just leave it alone and it will go away (nm)Woof the dog
Jan 11, 2003 8:23 PM
i like the orange for centuriesRubiks_Manuever
Jan 15, 2003 1:35 AM
Hey man I love the orange accelerade/post ride endurox for hard centuries. It goes down smooth and when used with power bars and carboom gels works wonders for me. Of course, as everyone has told me in this review, I am an alcoholic and have only done century races so far...the cat5's are coming up this season. I raced my first few centuries starting with accelerade and then just gulped gatoradey type stuff and hated the syrupy-sweetness of it. Bananas are the key--true--gives you awesome energy in arounabout 15 minutes after eating them. I now load up with orange accelerade and keep a spice container-size of accelerade powder and fill up three times during the race. One water bottle is accelerade, the other is water. I refill about three or four times during the century. Crits are shorter and may be different--I don't know yet. But I do know that Suzy-Q's advice regarding alcohol has been right on--the book he recommended was awesome. I've cut back from a twelver a night to a six-pack. Good luck!
Oh, so now I'm being *taunted*! :-)PseuZQ
Jan 15, 2003 7:58 PM
Seriously, you like the orange?
LOL suzy-Q!Rubiks_Manuever
Jan 16, 2003 1:02 AM
LOL! Of course I like the orange--compared to Miller Lite, anything tastes great during a ride! And no, I would never taunt you after your alcohol advice and that book, man! Seriously, the orange goes down way better for me than gatorade or cytomax or powerade. And I HAVE cut back on the crappy beer too, btw!
Sustained EnergySnyderman
Jan 24, 2003 9:32 AM
You can also try Sustained Energy from Hammer Nutrition.
Here's the link: