Monday, June 30, 2008

Day 92- Nutrition Bite

Supplemental electrolytes can be taken without added sugars. Electrolytes are needed in endurance events. Ahletes' electrolytes can be depleted through bodily fluids and perspiration, wit muscle weakness, nausea, and cramping as side affects. A balanced blend of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and manganese provides protection for athlete training and competing in hot weather. Other problems that arise from electrolyte depletion are deficiency in calcium, which can lead to achy joints, heart palpitations, nervousness, and hypertension. A deficiency in potassium will manifest itself in muscular fatigue, diminished reflex function, fluctuations in heartbeat, headaches, and edema. The signs of magnesium deficiency include insomnia, chronic fatigue, poor digestion, and irritability. A lack of manganese can result in excess perspiration, rapid pulse, and hypertension. Effective electrolyte replacement can and should come from a source not utilizing calories. Hammer products have electrolytes, gels, and liquids to meet endurance athlete needs. Visit Hammer's website if interested http://www.hammernutrition.com/za/HNT?PAGE=ARTICLE&ARTICLE.ID=1273

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Saturday, I participated in the MS 150 in Logan, UT. I wasn't prepared for the century ride but enjoyed it. I was able to maintain a 20+ average for the first 42 miles. The balance of the race, my speed slowed down considerably due to lack of proper training and nutrition. A fellow rider offered me a vitamin loaded with electrolytes at mile 70. The vitamin didn't have any immediate results, but I wasn't sore the following day. As I continued the race, slowly heading toward mile 90, I drank some Powerade. This drink tasted like sugar water, which I wasn't supposed to drink. I started the race at 7:00am and finished at 1:15pm. With several breaks, my average was 18 mph. With proper training and the research on electrolytes, I will hopefully improve my racing results!!

1 comment:

TimmyB. said...

Wow, nice work on the MS 150. Great average speeds.

I can also attest to the importance of not only eating, but eating right during endurance events. As a competitive cyclist I have found out the hard way the proper way to get calories into your body and also how to stay hydrated. Most cyclist are competitive cyclist are constantly eating during a race. As your body is burning calories, you need to constantly keep replacing them the best way you can whether it be through bars (cliff bars), gels, or an all natural favorite, bananas. These items are all easily carried and easy to eat while staying safe on the bike. Sometimes during a race, the only item that I was able to digest would be gels and a sports drink (such as HEED), this was due to the intensity of the event and those items being the only thing I could stomach at the time. My rule is to eat well before, during and after an event.
Thanks for the great reminder sugar shun and happy riding.