So I am still just drinking water on my rides and at the race. But during this cyclocross race, I felt like I should have something in there to help keep it going.
Any thoughts? Advice? There are so many crazy products out there, what works and what do you actually need?
Thank You Bellas!
I only drink water during the race cuz the exertion would make anything else come right back up. but I do have some cliff blocks before the race (with water) and a recovery drink as soon after as I can remember to drink it.
I swear by endurox recovery. (plus they have both vanilla and chocolate flavors-the chocolate one tastes like cold 'hot cocoa')
years ago, i use to have a shot of something (gu, etc) before a race but I can't do that anymore.
I started using ZYM a couple of years ago on brevets. I usually put a ZYM tablet in my bottle, shake gently to help it dissolve, and sip. The lemon-lime flavor is one of the LEAST objectionable things I've ever tasted and it does seem to help more than just water.
I tried using a water bottle at my last 'cross race, and it sort of got in the way of my lifts during run-ups and barriers. Also, I couldn't get off more than a couple of sips during the race anyway so carrying it seemed pointless. This time I am going to try racing without the water bottle and just drink a bunch before my race.
I'm on the same page as Miss Mary - used to take a Gu shot before the 'cross races, but now skip it. I just drink a bottle of sports mix (cytomax, or the like) while I'm warming up.
Here's what I base it on, given my own schooling (nutritional science student) and reading Monique Ryan's (registered dietician) Velo News column. For a 45 minute race you can run off your glycogen reserves alone. Anything that you eat right before the start isn't going to be in your blood stream by the end of the race (you can't really digest stuff when you're totally in the red). Also, if you have your Gu shot 15 minutes before you start (giving time for digestion) it's going to cause a spike in your insulin levels, likely causing your blood sugar to drop rapidly, probably halfway through the race. Anything that you drink during the race isn't going to be absorbed (water resorption takes place in the large intestine, so it takes a little while to get there) so drinking during a 'cross race is mostly beneficial psychologically, not physiologically. When I really really want a drink I just try to rationalize to myself that I don't need it, I can make it 45 minutes. Still, on hot days it's way nice to have a feed. And if it makes you feel better, faster, to have water or sports drink, you should carry some!
Anyway, I hope that helps, but please feel free to contradict me!