Thursday, June 18, 2009

What do you eat & drink while riding?

Okay, Dirt Divas, time for some comments. Eating and drinking enough are so key to having great rides and even races. It's so important that in triathlon, nutrition is often called the fourth discipline. What do you put in that Camelbak (or water bottle) when you are out tearing up the trails? Are you a plain-water girl, a good-old Gatorade drinker, a techie with more exotic sports drinks (Cytomax, HEED, nuun), or just plain old funky (like orange juice)? What do you munch on for trail-side snacks?

I'll get us started: my new fave for racing is 2 nuun tabs dissolved in water in my Camelbak and Hammer gel to eat. Anything more and my stomach wants to turn inside out. On a ride, pretty much anything goes - nuts are a favorite, sport beans, sometimes I drink Gatorade or just water, and even Hershey kisses for those long rides.

Leave a comment with what you like and why, and maybe we'll all learn something new. Don't forget to bring plenty of whatever you drink on those rides this summer!


  1. Race Day (Endurance)
    Jeremy's Granola Bars
    Snickers Bars
    Gatorade in the bottle
    Water in the Camel Bak
    Sports Legs
    AND ashamed to admit it ... but a Dr. Pepper

    Jeremy's Granola Bars
    2 cups of oats
    2 cups of rice krispies
    1 cup of melted peanut butter
    1 cup of Karo Light Syrup
    1/2 cup of chocolate chips

    Mix together pb, karo and honey ... melt and combine with oats and rice krispies. After mixing, add chocolate chips. Spread in a flat pan. Pack firm and cut into little squares. YUM.

    I love these granola bars.

  2. Endurance rides:
    I have to stay away from the dairy and nuts so a big favorite of mine is Fig Newman's (diary/wheat free).
    I also make my own granola bars using rice flour, oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, honey, and cranberries.
    I also take along some Hammer gel.
    Water in the camelbak, drink mix in the water bottle.
    And I like the sports legs also.

  3. Oh that granola bar recipe looks yummy!