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Offline hospengr

Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:18:13 am »
I am joining ACA's Southern Tier self-contained tour this fall.  This will be my first tour.   What are the thoughts/experiences on the use of sports drink mixes or endurance mixes, such as Perpetuem, Heed, Sustained Energy, Poweraide, Gatorade, etc.?  I used to use Perpetuem when riding centuries and doubles, but that was several years ago, and only one day events.  Not sure about carrying the extra weight and bulk.  Thoughts?

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 11:24:17 am »
More than a couple days, and I revert to living off the land.  If you're having someone at home mail you packages, you might get them to mail you half a dozen packets of Perpetuem or Heed every few weeks, but other than that, plan on buying water and whatever else looks good.  (V8 has a lot of salt to replace what you sweat out.)

I generally bought something to munch on at convenience stores, and water to drink.  I'll confess that after a few days or weeks of water, other things start to seem attractive.  Almost every gas station will have either Powerade and Gatorade, so you may as well buy them bottled - sometimes it's cheaper than water. 

Milkshakes or ice cream taste really good when you can get them.  One of the highlights of our cross-country was buying a jumbo (1/2 gallon?) slushee.  I couldn't drink it all in the store, but we walked across a four lane intersection (with zero traffic) to where we were spending the night, where I finished it.

Offline canalligators

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 09:01:16 am »
This is a very personal issue, i.e. you have to find out what works for you.

That said... You will find a lot of people telling you to just drink water, maybe supplement with a bit of electrolyte replacement.  There is nothing magic about drink additives.  They are not a silver bullet for keeping you going.  You should be getting your nutrients from food, including your electrolytes, and this works for almost everyone.  Keep it simple, keep it light, keep it compact, keep it inexpensive. 

You might want to take some kind of drink powder or MIO bottle, just for taste variety.

Offline maxton

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 03:27:48 pm »
I never drink gatorade/powerade in my day to day life but when riding on the transam in 90+degree heat there is something very tempting about an ice cold sportsdrink. I began drinking at least a few a week- but in all honesty dont think they are any better than straight up water.
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Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2017, 01:47:25 am »
I prefer to fill one bottle up with each(Water and Gatorade) when I am doing a ride in the heat. I do water down the gatorade some, I find it to be way too sweet to actually consume when I am exercising, it will upset my stomach on it's own. For longer rides, a lot of the endurance mixes like cytomax are pretty good.
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Offline staehpj1

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 07:22:25 am »
On the TA we did carry Gatorade powder some of the time.  We bought a largish container and since it was shared between the three of us it wasn't too much to carry.

That said usually when traveling alone I seldom have sport drinks along while riding and only drink them at stops.  It gets a little expensive, but I like to buy something when I stop and am using their restroom and filling my bottles with water and ice.  When buying snacks and sport drinks I don't feel bad using their facilities, water, and ice.   I switch between gatorade, power aid, and chocolate milk.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2017, 07:50:17 pm »
Just give it up.

At home, I used to use Gatorade on all long rides. Then I quit using it, and haven't missed it at all.

On tour, it's just too much trouble. And it makes keeping your water bottles clean harder. And a sports drink is not as versatile--you can't dump it over your head or wash your hands with it.

As was said earlier, it's better to get your nutrients from actual food.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2017, 07:39:37 am »
On tour, it's just too much trouble. And it makes keeping your water bottles clean harder. And a sports drink is not as versatile--you can't dump it over your head or wash your hands with it.
I agree that not putting anything but water in your water bottles is a plus.  I do think that a sport drink or chocolate milk at the end of a long hot ride segment can be helpful and hit the spot.  Taking it at that point keeps it out of your bottles.

BTW, if you really need the supplement while riding there is always things like sport beans or gu.  I don't use either very much when on tour, but do find having some on hand is a nice safety net.

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Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 07:20:34 am »
I took individual 3 packages of Perpetuem for a two week tour last month for specific days when there was nothing on route. Ended up using two of them. They were very useful, but I would not try to carry enough for a multi-month trip.