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    What should be in my "water" bottle when riding base miles on the trainer?

    What's the latest thinking on this?

    I'm riding 100 miles a week (20 mi x 5 days) on the trainer over December, January, and February to build base during these winter months.

    Three of the five days, I ride very early (5:00 AM) in order to squeeze it in before breakfast and before I head in to the office. I'm finding that a banana during the ride helps a ton and allows me to eat a bit smaller breakfast.

    However, rather than straight water, I'm thinking I should have a better electrolyte drink. Concur? What do you recommend?

    By the way, i'm a 48 year old, fairly fit, and have been regularly riding for about four years. This upcoming season, I plan to ride at least three mountain bike marathons (events they have here in Germany that range from 80 to 100k, with lots - LOTS - of climbing. First one is in April.

    I'm all ears... and getting thirsty...
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    What should be in my "water" bottle when riding base miles on the trainer?

    Are you sweating a lot or fatiguing badly before you reach the end of the 1 hour turbo trainer session?

    For a 1 hour (20 mile) ride on the turbo trainer I'd just have a bottle of plain water.

    For longer (multi hour) rides outdoors I have energy drink but for such a short ride indoors I wouldn't feel the need to mix up any energy drink.

    Immediately post ride I'd try and have a recovery protein shake and some proper food for breakfast though, in order to set you up for the rest of the day.

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    +1 to what WR304 said

    Remember a nutrition supplement is just that a supplement!

    So try to get enough protein fat and carbs along with fiber in your regular breakfast instead of trying to rely on a protein shake, they are great to complement your breakfast but not to be the major part of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304 View Post
    Are you sweating a lot or fatiguing badly before you reach the end of the 1 hour turbo trainer session?

    For a 1 hour (20 mile) ride on the turbo trainer I'd just have a bottle of plain water.

    For longer (multi hour) rides outdoors I have energy drink but for such a short ride indoors I wouldn't feel the need to mix up any energy drink.

    Immediately post ride I'd try and have a recovery protein shake and some proper food for breakfast though, in order to set you up for the rest of the day.
    Now that I'm using a fan in front of the trainer, I'm not sweating all that much....still dab with a towel every 10 min or so.

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Plain water for me for trainer rides.

    Fan, towel, and headband help with sweat.

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    Yeah, anything under an hr and a half is water for me too

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    Bourbon. Well, that's about the thing that could get me through a base session on the turbo.

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    Two bottles of ice-cold, whole milk would be a great choice. It has a good amount of protein for muscle building and carbs for energy.
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