- Explosive bowel syndrome avoidance….. Energy gel/powder advice pls…
Happy new year!
Can anyone recommend a gel or powder that is easy on the stomach? I tend to use SIS go on longer/hard rides which has the desired effect, I have never ‘bonked’ when I use that in my bottle, unfortunately it has given me a dose of the aforementioned bad guts on numerous occasions! I try and avoid the caffeine based stuff as this is even worse than normal – especially mid race!
Post ride it’s a bit annoying needing to be within sprinting distance of the nearest toilet!
I usually use the SIS stuff due to availability at supermarket etc.
Advice appreciated cheers!Posted 7 years ago
as you mention a bottle rather than a bladder, i guess its less likely that it is due to lack of cleaning
but way back when, one of the big arguments for a camelbak was that the bite valve didnt get covered in shit thrown up from the trail, cow shit, horse shit, dog shit….
give another brand a try, but keep this in mind.Posted 7 years agoSuggseyMember
I too recommend Torq, used there stuff on LeJog day after day and no problems. Funnily enough of recent plain old Zymm or Nunn appear to be causing me delayed one off blowout issues several hours after riding. I use a bladder pack that is cleaned along with the bite valve and tube (use oxygen tube and ditch it when it doesnt seem to clean up properly and got some bite valves in bulk via ebay. Not entirely sure if its not just meds/disease issues that are causing it. Hopefully some medical bod may be about shortly.Posted 7 years agofizzicistMember
SIS is full of artificial sweeteners & preservatives (Ace K, Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate) – none of these actually help you out – they’re flavour enhancers and mould inhibitors.
Ultimately your body needs quick release and slow release energy (simple & complex carbohydrates), mineral salts to alleviate/minimise cramps and a small amount of protein to help digest the carbs. Torq is a Maltodextrin (complex carb) and Fructose (simple carb – fruit sugar) blend with some electrolytes (mineral salts such as Potassium Chloride) in there so its pretty good. I’ve found it a lot better and done 24h & Kielder on the stuff. Their Rhubarb & Custard gel is tasty too.
I’ve recently tried High 5 4:1 as I liked the idea of the whey protein to aid digestion and have to say I found it easier on the stomach than Torq.
Ditch the SIS however – awful stuff which for some unknown reason, every bike shop seems to stock instead of Torq.
Clif is pretty good stuff, ZipVit is good too – their caffeine gels are amaaaaaazing!. Accelerade is supposed to be ok but I’ve no knowledge of its contents.Posted 7 years ago
i usually stick a full sachet in a 750ml bottle. sometimes i’ll finish it if its a longer ride, if its a relatively shorter ride but loads of hard climbing etc, i’ll not get through a full one.
gonna definately try torq i have heard good reports, maybe the zipvit caffeine gel for racing!Posted 7 years agodeadkennyMember
Just quit the branded gel/powder gunk.
Though maybe you have a sugar/carbs intolerance. If not though…
Water + High Juice (50% juice concentrate squash, cheap supermarket brand, all sugar & carbs) + pinch of salt.
Done. And drink more than you probably think you should.
Ride nibble – Jelly Snakes (Natural Confectionary Co). And eat pasta the day before.
All that said, whether it’s suited for races I don’t know.Posted 7 years agoglobaltiMember
SIS, Torq and all the rest all contain maltodextrin, which is extracted from natural sources.
Maltodextrin being a concentrated carbohydrate, lots of people will get flatulance several hours afterwards. I certainly do.
Watch out with milk; as you age you become less able to digest lactose. It will also give you gut ache and wind.Posted 7 years agohowellj1Member
I’d urge anyone who regualrly uses energy or recovery drinks to have a look at this nice summary of the British Medical Journal special issue on energy drinks and evidence (or lack of).
Save yourself a lot of money and abdominal pain!Posted 7 years agowinterfoldMember
High 5 is good – especially the protein stuff (4:1?)
However Ive had a fair chunk of my guts cut out so every moment can be a bit explosive if not careful 😯 and much prefer bananas and oaty bars (Mule are the best by miles) and water or weak salty squash/zeros these days.Posted 7 years agograhamgMember
I was going to suggest ‘real food’, but then read your post… if racing or riding bloody hard for anything longer than 2 hours you definitely need liquid fuel.
As another brand to throw in the mix, try ‘Bikefood’ – it’s a relatively new company but it’s one that is very palatable (taste isn’t much different to squash even in higher concentrations), all natural ingredients and seem to sponsor/support the odd endurance freak so must be OK in that respect. Their gels (basically just honey!) are very good too but the bars are cack.Posted 7 years ago
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