I am in avid mountain bikers who recently got into Endurance racing. During my first few races I became tired of juggling pills and powders. It seem to take my concentration away from racing.
So, I started I started to look into liquid nutrition. Their were several really good products from reputable companies available... the only problem was with the amount of riding I did, buying these supplements became quite expensive.
I started looking into making my own supplements. I read a lot of articles including posts in here,collected data,etc. Through trial and error, I created the formula in the linked Google Doc, which I am sharing with anyone who wants to use it. You will need to save it to your PC to make adjustments to it, as it is locked to prevent tampering.
You will typically save about 66% over what the retail products cost!!
This formula has been raced tested by myself and several of my friends throughout the 2012 Race Season with GREAT results, including a 12 hour Solo where I used nothing but this mix.
I have taken the time to list all the ingredients, the amounts needed and full cost analysis (other than the sodium and the sucrose which you can get a local grocery store). There is an integrated serving calculator that will allow you to calculate the amount of ingredients needed for specific serving quantity. Web links are provided to order the products. These links are to the retailers that I have found to give the best service,prices and products... I have even included a discount code in the "Cost" tabs for 5-10% off (please be sure to use the code..it helps me out).
Regarding the flavoring, the strength of flavor will be personal preference...and there are obvious flavors offered that would be awful! I love the citrus lime-aid and the orange cream! Excellent!
The carbohydrates are fine tuned to my personal preference, I have stomach issues with a lot of sucrose in my mix.... you can adjust the mix to whatever ratios you prefer. There also optional ingredients like caffeine and protein that you can choose to omit.
There is also an included formula for a Recovery mix that I use after workouts.
I hope I haven't forgotten anything...please enjoy. I am happy to answer any questions or provide any feedback!!
PS You will need to purchase a scale, this works pretty well:
Amazon.com: American Weigh AWS-100 Precision Pocket Scale 100 x 0.01g: Office Products
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