Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | March 4, 2010

Cycling Performance Tip #6: Decide What You Will Drink

Before you get on the bike, think carefully about what you will drink.  For events or workouts that will last an hour or less, water is sufficient.  For endurance exercise that lasts over an hour, use a sports drink to replace carbohydrates and electrolytes. There are many to choose from and the majority of them work effectively.  Just make sure they contain about 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate and some sodium for electrolyte replacement.  To determine which drinks work best for you, select three and try each one in a similar type of workout or event (e.g., same intensity and duration).  First, determine if any of the drinks cause you gastrointestinal distress (e.g., bloating).  If one of them does, eliminate it from consideration (note: drinks with more that 8% carbohydrate may be more likely to cause stomach distress).  Second, consider taste. You are more likely to use a drink if it tastes really good!

NEXT POST – March 8, 2010

Cycle Log: Intensity Phase Week 6

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