I’ve been experimenting with different fluids for energy and electrolyte replacement lately. In the past, I’ve used Gatorade, Accelerade, Cytomax, and Endurox with limited success. Issues have included side effects such as bloating feeling and stomach upset when these products have been used during long rides (4 to 8 hours) and I often have some foot or hand cramping at the end of a long ride and for a while thereafter.
Lately, I’ve been using Ultima, either alone (it does not contain any sugars) or mixed with Ryno – Power Carbo Fuel (which is long chain glucose polymer and does not contain Fructose). I have had much less stomach upset with these products. I’ve also been using EFS (which is a concentrated electrolyte replacement) at the end of long hard rides. The combo of Ultima during rides and EFS after has resulted in NO cramping.
I was wondering what products, if any, that others use for energy and electrolyte replacement during endurance sports? How do you handle fluid and electrolyte replacement and well as fueling on long rides/runs?
Edited by canadianskier - 6/11/12 at 9:38am