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Cycling injury, recovery and health issues.
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these days, on long rides and hills rides (both 80k +), after a dismail fail at the busso half using gels, i generally take my 'famous' home made energy bars, a banana and some honey sandwiches. I find that if i eat a bowl of porridge and honey for breakfast (yes, sometimes very early) this will sustain me for the first couple of hours, with a few bites of the energy bar and some water along the way.
I then generally scoff some sandwiches and the banana at the end of the ride which gets me the last 10k home.
My big goal is to race the mandurah half iron man in october on 'real' food - watch this space!
i guess at the end of the day whatever works for you is the right solution and the only way you'll find out is to experiment and practise and not worry about what everyone else does!
It depends what your body needs. If you need electrolytes then an energy drink is the way to go. However if you have enough electrolytes in the system already then drinking an energy drink with dehydrate you more( your body will try to expel the extra electrolytes). My personal choice is a weak Staminade. That way your getting electrolytes as well as plenty of water.
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