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berck

The baking soda difference

Ok, I decided to take Cape up on his suggestion about adding baking soda to the sports drink.

The Bad...
Not sure how to mix it properly. I added a half teaspoon to a 24oz bottle. Not only does this add a fizz (which I liked), it also kind of carbonates the drink. Prepare for Mt Vesuvius upon opening the bottle for the first time. I lost about a quarter of the drink because of this. I will experiment with mixing at lower water levels to see if this helps

The Good...
It works! Not sure if the performance improve I got today was due to the training or the added baking soda, but one thing was completely clear. My legs felt much fresher than they every have on the two long, high climbs I did today. It does appear to help reduce the lactate acid build up in the body.

The fizz. I liked it. It made my sports drink go down differently, but in a way that I enjoyed it.

Thanks for the tip Cape. You now have another believer in the baking soda useage within the sports drink. I would encourage others to try it out as well ( IE: Bartali on his big ride coming up Wink) . Although I would suggest trying it first on a training riding before just jumping into a big event and doing it without first seeing how it works for you.
sheeponabike

What's wrong with drinking water?
berck

Nothing, but a sports drink provides more energy on the long rides. I use both water and sports drinks along with gels and other stuff. Mixing the baking soda with the sports drink seemed like the right way to do it, but I guess you can use just plain water too.
CapeRoadie

sheeponabike wrote:
What's wrong with drinking water?


What's wrong? Nothing if you want to go slow and then bonk. You can't put sugar back into muscles when you ride, but you can prevent it from coming out. The name of that sugar is glycogen, and if you use any Type II fiber when you ride (i.e., go fast), that's what you'll burn. Smart idea to use a sugary (and salty) drink during a ride.
CapeRoadie

Re: The baking soda difference

berck wrote:
Ok, I decided to take Cape up on his suggestion about adding baking soda to the sports drink.

The Bad...
Not sure how to mix it properly. I added a half teaspoon to a 24oz bottle. Not only does this add a fizz (which I liked), it also kind of carbonates the drink. Prepare for Mt Vesuvius upon opening the bottle for the first time. I lost about a quarter of the drink because of this. I will experiment with mixing at lower water levels to see if this helps

The Good...
It works! Not sure if the performance improve I got today was due to the training or the added baking soda, but one thing was completely clear. My legs felt much fresher than they every have on the two long, high climbs I did today. It does appear to help reduce the lactate acid build up in the body.

The fizz. I liked it. It made my sports drink go down differently, but in a way that I enjoyed it.

Thanks for the tip Cape. You now have another believer in the baking soda useage within the sports drink. I would encourage others to try it out as well ( IE: Bartali on his big ride coming up Wink) . Although I would suggest trying it first on a training riding before just jumping into a big event and doing it without first seeing how it works for you.


I have to give credit to TT for that one. Definitely use sparingly and get used to it before a big race, etc.
forza_petacchi

CapeRoadie wrote:
sheeponabike wrote:
What's wrong with drinking water?


What's wrong? Nothing if you want to go slow and then bonk. You can't put sugar back into muscles when you ride, but you can prevent it from coming out. The name of that sugar is glycogen, and if you use any Type II fiber when you ride (i.e., go fast), that's what you'll burn. Smart idea to use a sugary (and salty) drink during a ride.

Water is for real men. Cool .........And most flavors of sports drink make me puke. Embarassed
mayofan

sports drinks are bogus...ive seen 500ml "energy drinks" that have 38 calories in them...what a joke..make your own if your gonna drink em, or bring food
CapeRoadie

mayofan wrote:
sports drinks are bogus...ive seen 500ml "energy drinks" that have 38 calories in them...what a joke..make your own if your gonna drink em, or bring food


Choose wisely. Wink
berck

No gatorade here folks. Cytomax, Accelerade, HEED, and others work really well.
Jackov

Does Coca-Cola qualify?
mayofan

id say so, you see a lot of riders in the peloton drinking it..not huge on calories either though
Jackov

There is baking soda in my pancake mix. Combined with all the maple syrup I put on them I should rocket up the hills.

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