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12/31/2017 9:12 AM

Anyone sneaking in a little bite of something DURING a 2 hour moto?
I tend to hit a wall around the 80 minute mark. Certainly I could be more fit and eat better.
Just curious if some of you more experienced guys have a little helpful info you could provide.

I run straight water in my hydration pack. Any hints on maybe something better I could do there?

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12/31/2017 4:08 PM

I use apple juice and ice cubes in mine (Tastes like shit if it's warm ). Apples have the highest natural sugar content of all the common fruits. Best source of energy you can get IMO.
I'm not into supplements.

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12/31/2017 7:30 PM

I used to carry something to shove in my face, but I realized in the typical length races I only stop long enough to throw some gas in the bike. My water is just straight water, some of the electrolyte stuff bothers my guts a bit.

I did do a race last year that took me nearly 5 hours to finish, on 2 of my gas stops I would eat something like a granola bar or a cliff bar.

If I'm out riding with the guys I'll usually have a granola bar or two with me, but we're usually gone a few hours. I've never liked eating before or during something like playing sports or working out.

On hare scramble days I get up early specifically to eat breakfast so I have the energy already digested before we start racing.
On MX days with the early start times, I just snack a bit through the day... In either event, I pig out at the end of the day when riding is over.

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1/3/2018 6:58 AM

Not much experience here but I will mention monitoring your heart rate to ensure you don't overexert yourself. This works well for me for those long race/rides.

I too run straight water in my hydration pack, anything else (snacks, Gatorade, etc) seems to upset my stomach during a moto.

+1 on getting a good breakfast before a ride as White_Trash mentioned. A healthy diet and being in shape is obviously the no brainer on lasting longer, I think that's why my wife is so critical on me haha

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1/3/2018 7:16 AM

Thanks for the info guys.

Obviously we are no where near their level...but if you had to guess...do you think the top GNCC guys are running straight water in their packs?

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1/3/2018 12:09 PM

For me...its a matter of proper hydration leading up to the race, and the right diet (this is stuff that works for me...and everyone is different...so a lot of trial and error)...

I tend to over drink-some will say I shouldn't do that, but it works for me-(almost a gallon of water/day the week leading up to race day)...then I start pounding electrolytes the day before the race and the day of the race (I prefer pedialite...I'll drink a quart the day before and a quart the day of the race-my races usually start at noon, so I'm drinking 2 quarts the day and a half before my race). Being hydrated seems to give me more energy on race day than almost anything.

Then diet...I follow a pre-marathon diet leading up to race day (you can find a lot of those online, pick one that works for you)...with the three days prior to the race being the most important.

I try and eat every two hours leading up to the race...and time it so the last meal (usually a turkey and cheese sandwich...and a banana) is right before I head to the start line. (A lot of marathon sites say to time your last meal 2 or 3 hours before the start of the race...but that doesn't work for me...if I get hungry mid-race...that is the end of my race...I'm done and there is nothing I can do to recover from that...so I eat right before the race).

During the race...at the pit, I'm a fan of the "Gu" packets...I will usually put some pedialite/water mix (50/50) in a water bottle...and I'll pound a Gu packet, and then suck as much of the water bottle as I can while pit help is fueling the bike. (A lot of guys will use a disposable water bottle and then attach a straw to it, and then just put the straw in their mouth and suck it down while riding down pit row and then spit it out at the end of pit row...to give them more time to hydrate while getting back in the race).

Doing those things make sure that I have the energy to make it through the race without bonking. (as long as I'm in decent shape, riding regularly, etc.)

I'm racing hare and hounds, in dry desert heat...usually 3-4 hour races. So that plays into my preparation...if your races are longer/shorter, hotter/colder, more humid...then those things will all need to be factored into your race prep.

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1/3/2018 8:15 PM

I like to pour some gatorade in with my water. I would say half a bottle and then fill there rest with water. Whatever you do, don't forget to rinse it out after the race.

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1/8/2018 4:17 AM

I've never been a gatorade drinker.
I tried the 1/2 and 1/2 water/gatorade combo yesterday.
It definitely made a difference. Didn't enjoy the extra pack clean up but it was worth it.

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1/17/2018 9:39 PM

Deal Brothers Trailers wrote:

I've never been a gatorade drinker.
I tried the 1/2 and 1/2 water/gatorade combo yesterday.
It definitely made a difference. Didn't enjoy the extra pack clean up but it was worth it.

Experiment with different flavors. Some just don't taste good diluted and some taste better.

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1/18/2018 5:52 AM

Used the Orange Gatorade 16oz with 16 oz water...tasted pretty good.

I stay pretty hydrated so I don't usually take my first drink till about 30 minutes in.

The add'l sugar/carbs from the Gatorade had a modest but noticeable effect on my energy level.

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1/18/2018 10:40 AM

Chris try some of this sometime. Amino Vital

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1/19/2018 4:08 PM

dcg141 wrote:

Chris try some of this sometime. Amino Vital

Thanks Donnie...
Can you bring me a shot or two down here to Trace State Park this w/e

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1/20/2018 11:08 AM

Deal Brothers Trailers wrote:

Used the Orange Gatorade 16oz with 16 oz water...tasted pretty good.

I stay pretty hydrated so I don't usually take my first drink till about 30 minutes in.

The add'l sugar/carbs from the Gatorade had a modest but noticeable effect on my energy level.

I run CarbSport in my drink system. It contains electrolytes, amino acids, simple and complex carbs, is flavored lightly, and contains no dye. I use it in GNCC events, local harescrambles, and for training (gym and road cycling). I can drink CarbSport when I'm so overheated I can't even drink water. It can be purchased directly from their website or from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

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