Energy gels

#1
Im currently training for the Fan Dance race next month and the Paras 10 in March and up untill this point Ive never thought about energy gels etc,always been a good old water man.Im banging out a 10 miler with weight just within P Coy 10 miler timings however I feel totally empty by the end,not a physical wreck but literally empty of fuel to the point of light headed,dizzyness. Does anyone use any of these gels,water additives? Are they worth using? Which ones would people reccomend? I picked up a few today "SIS Isotonic Gel" soley because they were the only ones on the shelf in the shop,however any help on what types to use would be greatly appreciated from a middle aged man who still thinks he is a youngan!!!
 
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Zarathustra

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#2
I've never used gels myself but from what I've read in things like Runners World and Triathlon 220 it seems to be down to trial and error to find the ones that work for you.
 
#4
Don't see the point for middle distance stuff, just eat sensibly for the few days before.

I'll come back after dinner ...
 
#5
be careful with them, some can cause adverse side effects such as bladder problems, sleep issues ect.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#6
water is the best thirst quencher, cycling compounds work well for most activities and there is a sugar which mixes in and doesn't effect the thirst quenching ability of the water.

anything other than a simple sugars take forever to get into your system which is why all the energy drinks you have down the gym are just a waste of money as they pack you full of calories when you don't need them. as a cyclist in my youth I was taught to eat for tomorrow as you only store so many hours worth of energy in your system and it takes forever to replenish.

millions in development and they still cant replicate the rejuvinating powers of the humble banana and a glass of milk.

I tried the first type of gels back in the 90s and they looked like a sperm sample but tasted lemony - which was fortunate :)
 
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Zarathustra

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#8
Some Harribo or a Mars bar could also be the answer, and a lot cheaper than energy gels without the potential side effects.
 
#9
2 pints of Guiness and a bag of chips the night before.

If you want to go wild, make a trail mox up. Just buy lots of different nuts and dried fruit mix up and add some chocy M&Ms, jobs a jobber. if you really want to wn mix in some Es and whizz.
 
#10
Some Harribo or a Mars bar could also be the answer, and a lot cheaper than energy gels without the potential side effects.
I wasnt too impressed by the price of what looks like orange flavoured gruel,also never thought of side effects with this type of stuff.
 

TheIronDuke

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#11
"SIS Isotonic Gel" soley because they were the only ones on the shelf in the shop,however any help on what types to use would be greatly appreciated from a middle aged man who still thinks he is a youngan!!!
Cant help you son. But I do know the words Isotonic and Gel add up to cheap marketing ploy for me.

Your body, if you are pushing it, needs water, sugar (glucose - which gel is full of) and salt. And calories. Since stuffing a Soreen malt loaf in your gob when you are panting is maybe not an option, try this...

Off-the-shelf choc milk shake. Watered down 50% with tap water. Add a tablespoon of sugar and a good pinch of salt. Drink. You may need to alter the quantities of ingredients since your tummy absorbs by osmosis and all tummies are different.

Or neck a Mars Bar, drink a pint of cold water and man-up through the stomach cramps. Young people today, you know?
 
#13
2 pints of Guiness and a bag of chips the night before.

If you want to go wild, make a trail mox up. Just buy lots of different nuts and dried fruit mix up and add some chocy M&Ms, jobs a jobber. if you really want to wn mix in some Es and whizz.
You are Alf Tupper and I claim my years free supply of chip shop scraps.
 
#15
Cant help you son. But I do know the words Isotonic and Gel add up to cheap marketing ploy for me.

Your body, if you are pushing it, needs water, sugar (glucose - which gel is full of) and salt. And calories. Since stuffing a Soreen malt loaf in your gob when you are panting is maybe not an option, try this...

Off-the-shelf choc milk shake. Watered down 50% with tap water. Add a tablespoon of sugar and a good pinch of salt. Drink. You may need to alter the quantities of ingredients since your tummy absorbs by osmosis and all tummies are different.

Or neck a Mars Bar, drink a pint of cold water and man-up through the stomach cramps. Young people today, you know?
Wot 'e said!

I never run anywhere these days (piss off, cutaway :) ). When I did me advanced EOD course they told us never to run at a bomb site as people might think something had gone horribly wrong. But when I did do running, I found that mulberry juice 50/50 with ordinary water and a pinch of salt did the trick. Mind you that was way back in the last century.
 
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Zarathustra

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#16
I wasnt too impressed by the price of what looks like orange flavoured gruel,also never thought of side effects with this type of stuff.
I've personally never heard of them causing serious side effects but they can't upset your stomach, so if you do decide to use them on race day, make sure you've used them on training runs so you don't end up shitting your self at the 5 mile point.
 
#17
Bacon butty slathered in brown sauce and cup of sweet tea... makes you strong.

After you can have a ham, cheese and picklelily sarny with orange juice.
 

TheIronDuke

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#18
so if you do decide to use them on race day, make sure you've used them on training runs so you don't end up shitting your self at the 5 mile point.
Somebody has always got to spoil it for the rest of us, you know?

Paula Radcliffe taking a dump.jpg
 

Grumblegrunt

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#19
another cycling tip is to dilute any canned fizzy drink 50:50 with water which makes them digestible otherwise like alcohol you lose fluids to get them into your system. tour de france riders will still have a bottle of dilute coke at the end of the day to give them sugars and an extra perk from the caffeine.

something like a chorley cake or fig rolls work well as does a cheese and jam sandwich, simple sugars for now, complex carbs for tomorrow.

training for the burn is easier on a bike as you can get your system used to a regular pain level and then work on your legs more than your lungs. doesnt mess your knees either.

old fashioned porrdige works well, plain and sugared with jam or on toast
 
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Zarathustra

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#20
A 50:50 mix of flat full fat coke and orange juice is also supposed to be good for a post race drink.
 

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