Alternative to carbo gels

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13/02/2003 at 15:35
Does anyone have an alternative to carbo gels ? I cant stomach the stuff it makes me whant to hurl but I feel I could do with the lift
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13/02/2003 at 15:46
Monique reckons Love Hearts or Parma Violets !
13/02/2003 at 15:54
Some people use jelly beans or opal fruits/ starburst. You could try isotonic drinks like Luco sport which will be available on the day.
13/02/2003 at 16:04
I take either Joosters, Jelly Beans, Jelly Babies and the Glucose Tablets (Boots or Dextrosol brand). I do tend to try to force down the odd gel but like you find them quite disgusting. By the way there are lots of generous spectators at FLM handing out all manner of goodies so practice your sweet grabbing skills!!
13/02/2003 at 16:05
Starburst Joosters work for me - much tastier than gels and seemingly easier for my stomach to digest. Only downside is they get a bit sticky after a couple of hours.
13/02/2003 at 16:32
I would be very careful about taking on anything other than water. I trained last year for the FLM and used various sports drinks and kept on getting stomach cramps after about 8 miles. On the day I stuck to water, except at the last lucozade station where it gave me a real lift without having to worry about the cramps. Whatever you use you must try it out - preferably at a race.
13/02/2003 at 18:28
If you can arrange for someone to pass it to you, Rice Pudding is fantastic. I used to take it on very long bike races. Very yummy but my bike looked awful at the end
13/02/2003 at 19:32
i've heard some people like hard candies, but be careful!! i almost choked on the darn thing when i tried it.
14/02/2003 at 08:33
Gary - the thought of 33000 people trying to neck a tin of Ambrosia as they round the Cutty Sark!
14/02/2003 at 10:53
You can make a sort of gel by stewing cooking apples with brown sugar and powdered glucose (from Boots). This combination incorporates an immediate boost as well as slower released fuel. I take it on all long bike rides. How to carry it on a run?
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14/02/2003 at 10:57
Jelly Babies
Wine Gums
Jelly (cubes from the supermarket - not made up)
Dried Figs, apricots, dates
Pickled Eggs (not really)

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