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Hey Jason

I use a 3l mule camelback, mixed with either 32GI or cytomax, but I prefer the 32GI

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Yup I'm also on the pickle juice, works great for cramping !!

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So do Bananas. And they don't taste like pickle juice. 👍

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I tried everything that was suggested by fitness and dietician specialists, and still c ramped like hell, and I was physically fit!

I even tried bananas!!!!!! They did not help at all, pickle juice did the trick

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Thank you for your input everyone!

The reason I asked was to offer a little advice as to what you might want to try in your drink system during an event or trail ride.

Water is great for hydration and that is about it. Water does not provide you with calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, or electrolytes.

I personally have tried about everything from pedialyte to to cytomax. I'm currently using a product called Accelerade, it is the only drink that i can find that combines protein with all the electrolytes, calories, vitamins, etc.

Not sure about the pickel juice! Never tried that. But you know what, if you have found a good system for you, that's what matters more than anything!

One very important thing is to make sure no matter what, make sure you try anything new while practicing. Never try any type of new drink the first time on a race day, as every person's stomach is different and the new drink you may try might make you sick.

Hope this sheds some light as to some ideas to what you might give a try in our drink sytem both on the bike as well as off.

In my opinion, gatorade and water not the best for all around performance.

Have a great week, talk to you soon!👍

Jason Raines

www.RainesRacing.com

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Jason, leading up to an event I increase my intake of fluids, I weigh 100kg and have been told to consume like 4 litres of water a day leading up to an event, especially when it gets hotter

I dont just drink water, I alternate drinks with an electrolyte replacement as water can flush your body of essential minerals right?

Also, what amount should I be drinking every day leading up to an endurance event ?

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Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. You can live up to 40 days

without food, but you’ll die within a week without water.

Depending on your size, you lose about 4 cups of water per hour of exercise. If it is hot

and humid, that number doubles to 8 cups of water lost per hour! So if you are losing it

that fast, it has to be replaced and proper hydration before, during and after exercise has to be utilized.

You need to drink a minimum of eight to ten 8oz glasses of fluid each day. You need to

be on a scheduled plan to drink more often during the day. In some cases, it is a good

idea and very convenient to just wear a camelback around while you are doing daily

activities.

Water is the best think to drink, hands down. There are many types of waters out there

(natural, spring, well, drinking, distilled, purified etc.) and over 600 brands. Out of all of

these I would recommend purified water because it gives you strict control over your

mineral and chemical intakes.

If can’t force yourself to drink plain old water, you can use a “water flavoring” powder. If

you choose a sports drink, make sure it does not have a lot of sugar in it. Always pick

sports drinks high in electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Below, I have listed a few of my

preferred drinks instead of water.

Leading up to the race, I try and drink 1 gallon a day (especially in summer) 3 days prior

to race day. Remember do not just hammer a gallon of water, your body can only absorb so much water at one time. Drink in moderation.

Your hydration level should be attained days before the race, not the day of the raced. If you start too late and drink too much, it will just cause you to go to the bathroom a lot. You have to start early!

2 days prior to the race and race day I mix in 2-3 24oz sports drinks. (I use Accelerad 4.1 powder mixed in a water bottle.

The day of the race, I drink moderatley until 1 Hour before the race, and then with in the 1-hour countdown until race time I sip fluid very lightly. What this does is lets all the

water wean out of your system so you don’t get 2 minutes into the race and are looking

for the nearest bathroom.

During the race, I use a carbohydrate/electrolytes/protein combined sports drink (Accelerade 4.1 powder mixed with water) supplement in my drink system. It is specifically designed to replace the nutrients you are losing through sweat during the race.

After the race you should have some kind of drink readily available (I use Accelerade R4). You should be drinking within 30 minutes after the race. I always drink some type of post workout recovery drink instead of water, but water is fine if you don’t have a recovery drink.

Hope this helps, have a great day!

Jason

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I do alot of trail desert riding....i try to hydrate alot prior to my ride day and traveling to ride day. Then i take a pre workout drink that has aminos and electrolytes..on my ride i just carry alot of water and take snacks with me like a banana and pb&j (eat it about half way through my ride if im on a long hard run) then when i get back from my ride i take a protein drink that is made to get into system quick....works good for me so far. Would like to try the accerlade product

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I mix Heed in my water and if I'm racing an enduro I will take extra Endurolytes esepecially if it's hotter. I used to cramp horribly every race (tried banana's but didn't try pickles) started drinking Heed and taking Endurolytes during the race and haven't had a problem since.

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