Cycling in Sydney Australia
You will be pleased to know that the Audax club licence contains this caveat:
NOTE: Conditions in clauses 3, 4 and 5 above, which relate to Anti-Doping Policy are fundamental requirements of Cycling Australia membership. However, given the nature of Audax Australia club activity, these conditions will not apply to standard Audax membership.
There is no such thing as doping in Audax.
That being said, I'm dismayed by the cornucopia of substances that you appear to be using on our rides. I'm getting along on salad sandwiches and chocolate milk. Where is the audacity in caffeine or gels?
Using "religious beliefs" as a justification for using otherwise banned or unhealthy substances is sinful.
Well that's my last "Clean" Alpine Classic.
I'll be back in "full gear".
Bananas are great BUT you must make sure they're ripe, very ripe. Bananas that are not ripe and 'starchy' are not helpful and take a while to digest. Drinking water is fine but be mindful of dilutional hyponatraemia - make sure you have some salt with it somehow...
The Gel Thang:
It really does all depend on how much you're outputting. However even when eating simple carbohydrates at the maximum rate that your body will allow them to be absorbed (roughly 1-1.5g per minute for an average adult) you will still, if pushing as hard as possible yet staying aerobic, be eating into your glycogen stores - it's a net loss.
If you're not pushing quite so hard it is entirely possible to manage to pedal all day while slowly burning your fat stores (& glycogen) but you won't be able to go as fast. You can also stay topped up easily just by eating as you go. Not so in a race.
For events less than 3 hours you can get away without eating much even if you are pushing quite hard. For endurance *races* (not leisurely rides) you do need to eat to maintain the energy output required and delay your glycogen depletion.
When we rode for 8 hours a day while touring the Netherlands we simply ate normal food and drink. Never had any issues. If I did that for the recent half ironman I raced, not only would I not be able to finish but I'd probably do myself some harm.
Nothing wrong with the gels if you are exerting yourself as if in a race and riding for a long time. Otherwise it is a waste of money...
The caffeine has been proven to make a difference to performance but interestingly the amount is largely irrelevant - just some caffeine is enough and if you are a regular coffee drinker the effect may be negligible. The diuretic effect of caffeine is non-existent when used during exercise.
I’ve never been tested positive for drugs.
You have to be tested though.... ;)
Looks left, looks right... whispering....
deep heat and glucodin tablets and, and wait umm err OK here goes...black current cordial stronger than recommended.
Phew, I feel better now
Eh? I think you posted this in the wrong website Boxhead - please make the suggestion to Strava instead.
My ego can do with moving up some of those tables....( maybe? )
Speaking of which, this T-shirt might be sold out soon :