Gels plus water seems to me (in theory) quite fiddly, whereas an energy drink takes care of hydration and energy all at once?
to get all of your calorific requirements from drink alone in a race is going to involve gagging down a lot of drink. Supplementing with gels means you don't have energy drink coming out of your eyes when on the run.
- it's nit jsut me that thinks they are like eating someone else's snot!
I've just picked up some SIS Go Gel (60m). I was going to test them out before my first sprint in May. (with the real aim of using them at Olympic next year) Was planning to take one 20/30 mins before swim and then another half way through the bike (to make sure the run goes okish) but... The packet says consume 3/4 per hour!!! that's a hell of a lot of gel!! I'll be spending more time taking them than pedaling. Is this because its the isotonic stuff? Would you guys just take water with it. Or even bother with the gels at all? Cheers, Will. the more i learn the more i realise i don't know!
guarenteed that what I think its like swallowing isn't actually printable here[&:] its the salty edge and consistency that really makes me gag [:'(] await comments about different varieties with interest
For a sprint, I think gels are overkill full stop. Anything less than an Olympic, I would think nutrition is not all that key - you can get required calories from sports drinks easily enough without overloading. Even olympics, I tend to take on calories via gel only during the bike, just taking on water during the run...