Since I voted Other - What? I guess I should add...<br><br>
Heed is a Gatorade type drink.<br>
Perpetuem is a fuel.<br><br>
The thing I like is that you can modify strength of bottles according to length of race and weather conditions.
I went with other since I usually use water and the occasional gel but I toss in Gatorade Endurance and Gleukos. I need to work on nutrition since I did come close to bonking a a couple of warmer races last year.
Went with other. I have been using Nuun recently for my bike workouts, seems to work okay although I'm a little concerned about the fizz. Gatorade Endurance when its hot-I sweat a lot and that seems to help with depletion.
I voted water and occasional gel, which is mostly true. None of the "ades" I have tried sits very well wth me, so I use endurolytes to get the electroytes I am missing in the ade beverages.<br><br>
I also ate a couple of bananas during my HIM last July but don't use them in shorter ones.
Other....I have become a big fan of Hammer products because the complex carbs are easy on the stomach. gel with water and enduralytes for bike and run for up to Olympic, or on races 1/2 to full Perpetuem on the bike as fuel with Nuun water.
I LOVE Crank Sport gels because the flavors don't leave an after taste, they give me electrolytes, and each gel contains 150 calories. Plus, and most importantly, it dilutes very easily in water, so the suck and swish method is just perfect. During the summer I do bring extra salt tablets with me if I'm running a long trail run (there's no shade and I sweat buckets). Just in case.<br><br>
Sports drinks mess with my tummy.
Sprint => Just water<br>
Int/Oly => Hammer Perpetuem just before swim, Perpetuem, Water, and a Hammer Gel on Bike, just water on the run<br>
HIM => Perpetuem just before swim; Perpetuem on bike switching to whatever is on the course (Heed at Musselman last summer) and a few Hammer Gels; Hammer Gels, water, and whatever is served on the course for the run.<br><br>
I had never tried Hammer products, but when I signed up for Musselman I figured I should try them since they serve Heed and Hammer Gel on the course. Hammer products are now my favorite. My HIM nutrition worked out very well and I had plenty left for the run last summer.<br><br>
For a HIM, the key thing is to find out what they are serving on the course and then make up your mind you are going to like it. I can't see carrying more than one or two bottles and a few gels on the bike and only a few gels on the run. The rest comes from the on course aid stations.<br><br>
Well of course it was always going to be Hammer from me <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">.<br><br>
But whatever you choose to use, you need to use the right amount. While it may be contrary to increasing sales, whenever I am working with athletes on their fueling plans, in 98% of cases we end up reducing their intake, usually quite dramatically. We recommend you work on how little you need to get by, not how much. If you ever experience nausea chances are you have either had a) too many calories and/or b) too many calories.<br><br>
To give you a rough starting point, most athletes who weigh around 140lb do well on about 220 cal per hour, less if it is hot. Fluid intake, around 2 bottles every 3 hours for lighter athletes, a bottle an hour for everyone else.
Just when I got some Amino Vital, and liked the taste so far... the leader of my tri club showed me it's full of aspartam, so... OUT (too bad).<br><br>
He recommends Hammer, but told me I might have problems with the taste. Gotta try that first. Another guy swears by Cytomax... another thing on my list.<br><br>
Hope I can still do the HIM, if I don't blow up from all this cocktail building inside me.
yep, me too. sometimes i'll add a half scoop of gatorade into the carbo-pro for flavor, but that's it.<br><br>
although during the run portion of ironman - chicken broth, soda, pretzels - whatever is around. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif">