- Apr 22, 2016
I take many bottles of energy drink with me. Water is the most important to remain hydrated but as we know, water is not an energy source. So, for my energy needs, I use the energy drinks.
Are you serious with the burrito lol? I wish I could bring something as heavy as a burrito on the road with me. I just can't keep down something heavy like that on a ride. I'd need a nap after eating a burrito.For shorter rides, I'll go with water and a burrito for all it matters, especially if I'm hungry. On longer, more serious rides, I'll go with maybe a chocolate milk or even a Gatorade and then a protein bar that's actually healthy. I'm not that picky with what I take on rides, especially the shorter ones. Longer ones I'll take things more serious so that I don't pass out along the way or something like that.
Along with water, you should carry the energy drinks. I don't think the energy bars are as effective as the drinks and in m opinion, they are definitely better. I have experimented many times and I have always found out that that the energy drinks are much better.Mainly water. I eat roughly 2 hours before I go on a ride. Often quite some carbs so that I will have enough energy and don't get hungry along the way. Sometimes I will pack an energy bar as well. There is not that much you can pack when you gear up.
I think you brought up a very valid point. We have to find out what works for us. To often we base ourselves on what others do.From years of riding and racing it took several years for me to find what worked best for me. I mainly drink water only with some bloks for rides of 2 to 3 hours. If I do rides over 4 hours then I'll use Skratch Labs energy mix in a bottle. I do usually start all my longer rides off with a peanut butter /banana sandwich. I've done the mini donuts, muffins, and always pack the jersey pockets with some snacks.