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Oh sugar sugar

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 11 Oct 2007.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    If you're cycling away, and you eat a banana or flapjack (etc), how soon after you eat it is the energy "available" to your muscles?
    How about those glucose energy tablet thingies?
     
  2. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    About 20mins, if you take glucose in solution. Dunno about bananananas but the answer is probably in here somewhere.
     
  3. Normally if I have a dextro energy tablet, in about 20 minutes I start to speed up lots.

    Unless it's the middle of the night....

    I necked two dextro energies half way through a double lap at dusk til dawn last weekend. It would have been about 2.30am. For most of the lap I was half asleep, thinking 'any minute now, any minute now I'll wake up and speed up'... they kicked in in the last MILE after I'd spent a good 50 mins really struggling against the sleep deprivation and general exhaustion. B*stard!!!!
     
  4. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    8% glucose solution is what you need, Kirstie - gets there faster than solid. A pinch of salt in the bottle will get it there sooner still. It's to do with stomach emptying speed. You can use unsweetened cordial to mask the taste (pineapple works well), and maltodextrin (i.e. PSP22) is less likely than ordinary glucose to cause gastrointestinal distress (8% is a moderately high concentration).
     
  5. I already was drinking PSP22 I was just going for the extra boost (which normally works).
     
  6. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    How about if your cycling towards?
     
  7. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    the energy you take on will last 20 minutes if your going on an average 17mph
     
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Surprised nobody has ever mentioned Kendal mint cake as an energy "rush".
     
  9. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Would Kendal Mint cake give you a similar energy rush?
     
  10. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    It's supposed too. Hill and Mountain climbers swear by it, It doesn't freeze in the cold, doesn't melt in the heat and is basically pure sugar in a bar.
    Years ago when I was into photography they always used to say to pack a bar of it if you were going off into the wilds to take pictures.
     
  11. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    How about a sherbet fountain?
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Is that like a 'golden shower'? :blush:
     
  13. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    I hope not, cos I heard a mum at the school gates saying she was gonna put them in her kid's party bags...:blush: