Hydration? What are you using?

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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby number21 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:42 pm

Another for eLoad, been using it for a bit now and has worked well for me. Easy on the stomach, not too sweet taste, tried there new fancy flavours but can't go past lemon-lime. I get it from Clarence st.

100km+ rides I take two shotz electrolyte tablets just in case I start cramping up, but they give wind in the arvo so used sparingly (I've yet to try them as part of some jet propulsion diet)! Nuun is just electrolytes also right?

Water is enough for me for rides up to 2 hours. 750ml bidon every hour, every ride. At least thats what I aim for.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby BarryTas » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:14 pm

raspberry Endura Powder (5 parts) with a little bit of red gatorade powder for flavour (1 part)
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby scirocco » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:22 pm

Water only if it's not really hot or I'm not going 100km or something. (I use gels or muesli bars or bananas for plain old energy replacement).

If it's hot I use Hi-5 electrolyte tabs in the water but that's just because I pick it up cheap from PBK or one of the other pommy stores when I'm shopping. Any electrolyte drink you can stomach will do really. Most so-called "energy drinks" are okay for replacing carbs but not electrolyte.

Electrolyte replacement is really, really important. I got badly sick after one long ride in the heat when all I did was drink water. Blacking out and everything. Went to the hospital, had a blood test on the spot and it was all due to lack of salt replacement.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby greyhoundtom » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:33 pm

Another vote for Endura :D

Two scoops per 750 ml biddon, drink one before the ride and one for every hour after that, and its the only stuff that stops me cramping.

However the only flavour I can handle is the Lemon/Lime as the Raspberry makes me feel chucking up. :?
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby Schmenz » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:45 pm

i use the high 5 - zero berry.

i have the nuun cola and nuun lemon lime - hate both - free to a good home (pm me)

i take magnesium supplements pre and post big rides.

frequency of hydration and nutrition is also very important. not just whats in it.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby snark » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:05 pm

greyhoundtom wrote:Two scoops per 750 ml biddon, drink one before the ride


Don't you have problems wanting to .. get rid of excess fluids doing that? I find I can't drink too much before a ride.

This is getting into an area that I've long wondered about but not sure if is appropriate for this family friendly forum :).

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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby greyhoundtom » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:55 pm

That can be a problem when you are racing, but generally it’s a “health” break whenever necessary and wherever possible.

Then there is the really good friend that gives you a push along when you really need it. :lol:
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby Rex » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:38 pm

Schmenz wrote:i use the high 5 - zero berry.


Likewise, for long rides I'll use a High5 Citrus, with another teaspoon of staminade citrus.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby koen » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:52 pm

Here is some interesting stuff from my old mate Pete
http://www.mastersathlete.com.au/2011/1 ... maybe-not/

I reckon the elite athlete woud perform better than the others even if hydrated too!!
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby winstonw » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:27 pm

koen wrote:Here is some interesting stuff from my old mate Pete


I wouldn't be take note of this until the sports physiology position stands change.
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that dehydration combined with higher intensity endurance exercise is not good for performance, and is certainly not recommended chronically.

Further, dehydration weight advantages for runners are unlikely to transfer to cyclists.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby koen » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:20 pm

winstonw wrote:
koen wrote:Here is some interesting stuff from my old mate Pete


I wouldn't be take note of this until the sports physiology position stands change.
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that dehydration combined with higher intensity endurance exercise is not good for performance, and is certainly not recommended chronically.

Further, dehydration weight advantages for runners are unlikely to transfer to cyclists.


I wouldn't know about weight advantages fro runners. I certainly would not think being dehydrated is a good way to go as a rule but that evidence suggests a well trained athlete can probably still perform in competition with some fluid loss.
I do notice dehydration affects my recovery (as an alsoran kind of athlete) whether in training or racing which is very important for multistage events and effective training.
On the other hand people are mad about drinking water nowadays! Seems they never use thirst as a guide. Let's face it if I am not doing something extreme I can easily work all day without a drink of water even when its hot.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby GraythefatXCRider » Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:01 pm

I have to ask this:
I've been told by several people that adding anything but water to a hydration pack (eg. Camelbak) can cause degradation in the pack's bladder.
Can anyone confirm this either way?
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby ZepinAtor » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:04 am

GraythefatXCRider wrote:I have to ask this:
I've been told by several people that adding anything but water to a hydration pack (eg. Camelbak) can cause degradation in the pack's bladder.
Can anyone confirm this either way?


False. I've used Endura, Balance Re-Fuel & Gatorade (not all at once) in a second bladder in my Camelbak.

There's only ever been a tiny bit of mould in the tube after leaving it for weeks without flushing it out. Otherwise if you rinse hot water through it after the ride everything is fine.

It helps if you can use the specific Camelbak super skinny, long tube bottle brush to ensure a good clean. I just left mine full of water which inhibits any mould growth or as others do put it in the freezer between rides.

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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby GraythefatXCRider » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:52 am

Thank you very much for that, especially the extra information on caring for my (still shiny and new) Camelbak. I was wondering how to attack the problem without putting another water bottle in my backpack - which strikes me as a waste of space.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:34 pm

ZepinAtor wrote: It helps if you can use the specific Camelbak super skinny, long tube bottle brush to ensure a good clean. I just left mine full of water which inhibits any mould growth or as others do put it in the freezer between rides.

Not so sure about that. It depends on the time of year. Winter it's OK, but in the summer months stuff grows a lot more easily. And it's not mould, but bacteria. I wouldn't do it, personally. I prefer to mix a double lot of High5 in the bottle and sip on water from the 'bak in between.

The freezer trick works, but the missus gets a bit sick of it when both the youngster and I have our bladders in there.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby Mustang » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:52 pm

cavebear2 wrote:Nuun tabs are the best, no sugar, (use sorbitol) high mg, good fizz, good flavours (much better than 'Zero') My favourite flavour is tri-berry. I use 1 tab per 700ml although Nuun say up to 1.5 tabs

I find Nunns good for the no sugar reason, also mix it up with "shotz" which is also sugar free.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby Schmenz » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:31 pm

milton tablets are great for cleaning the bladder :) ive never bothered with the freezer and never had a problem.

handy advice is dont put vodka in them... you can never get the taste out, and when you are hungover the next day... its really not good. :oops:
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby trailgumby » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:35 pm

Schmenz wrote:handy advice is dont put vodka in them... you can never get the taste out, and when you are hungover the next day... its really not good. :oops:

:lol: :lol: :lol: That cracks me up :lol:
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby sogood » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:59 pm

Water, water, water... And then some Staminade on hot/long rides.
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby symo » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:42 pm

Water, Carbo Shotz & Staminade.

Then Coffee at the Coffee Shop :)
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby waramatt » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:09 pm

cooperplace wrote:water, water, water


+1 even on my recent Century ride (imperial, not metric). Oh but I forgot to add the bacon and egg roll and can of solo at the 80k mark, or the fish and chips at the 140k mark. Unless you're competing, it all seems a bit like marketing hype to me.

But then I mostly cruise, especially on the way TO work....... :wink:
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby gururug » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:18 pm

ausrandoman wrote:I drink water and eat food.


+1 Handfull of salted nuts for over 1hour rides
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby rider_1 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:20 pm

i drink plain water, if it's too hot i bring two bottles on my bike and banana as the source of energy...
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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby ving » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:58 pm

A camelback for me... And a beer if there is a pub somewhere on my route

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Re: Hydration? What are you using?

Postby bioeffective » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:17 pm

I find the use of Siberian Red helps me with my hydration and general well being.
A natural antioxidant produced from pine needles. lol, sounds strange but it's actually quite good.

About 3ml's per litre of water. simple as that.

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