Every persons body is different. You will react to various nutrition offerings different than I will, which makes recommending a product difficult, right? Well, not necessarily.Read More
As an endurance mountain bike racer, I do workouts regularly that burn three, four, and even five thousand calories. These aren't simply opportunities to survive though, I'm trying to push my body as far as it will go, to train it to be used to eight and ten hours of racing. With those kinds of physically taxing workouts, I have to replenish calories while I'm on my rides. So I use Infinit Nutrition.
During an NUE mountain bike race, every minute counts. Even though you're out there for most of the day, I have been merely seconds behind folks at the very end. The goal then becomes how to go as fast as you can with everything, including nutrition. What I've found from racing is that my body won't always handle eating solid food, especially when I start to dip into the five and six hour marks. But, it will still put down water just fine. To experiment, I began looking for a solution that was entirely liquid based. Something that would fuel my workouts for training, acclimating my body to it, but would also be fast for racing. After trying a few brands and disliking all of them, I found Infinit.
Infinit takes a holistic approach, designing their mixes to have everything the body needs during activity. Not only does this make life simpler, but it eliminates human error (which during a race can be quite high). I try to take in 300 calories and 20 ounces of water an hour while racing. I found that using their GoFar formula, I could get that all in! 300 calories and one bottle of water. Simple, easy, effective and it tastes good! Nothing like trying to choke down important calories only to not be able to handle the taste of it during the last hour of a race. Between bottles of GoFar, I'll use a gel flask and take in Napalm, which is their gel (also made from powder so that you can adjust its viscosity). This stuff is also fantastic to help give you a quick boost, especially during hard efforts. I occasionally mix it up too. While GoFar is my drink of choice, in the beginning of a race and at the end, I'll throw in some JetFuel and Speed to get caffeine involved. That has saved me more than once during a hard training ride or race.
Infinit is the solution that fits all of the needs I could have on the bike and I couldn't be happier with their nutrition! While other products get mixed reviews, I have found that 9/10 people who try it, absolutely love it.
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My races are somewhere between 3 and 10 hours long. Regardless of whether its XXC, Marathon, or NUE, they all require many hours of top performance from my body. I've tried many things during races, and what I've learned about my body is that after a few hours, it begins to reject hard foods. When you're 5 hours into a 100 mile NUE race and you can't stomach the Probars you have in your jersey, you're in trouble. I had that exact thing happen to me this year at the Cohutta 100. After that race, I began looking for better solutions.
Your body needs to replace what it is losing while you race. Some say that a good rule of thumb is 300 calories an hour intake is needed to replace what you're losing to keep you fueled enough for top level efforts. But any old 300 calories won't work, you need specific types of fuel.
Since races are all different lengths, I'll break it down generically. In the beginning of a race I try to make sure that I'm getting in some caffeine and liquids. I typically try to consume 20-24 ounces of water an hour. By using Infinit Jet Fuel, I can get the liquids and the caffeine all at once. The middle of a given race is when I want to have some more sustenance to make sure I'm never getting hungry. I'll continue drinking Infinit, but I switch over to Go Far for my calories. I'll also throw in a few Powerbar gels to keep my sugar consumption up. Towards the end of a race, I'll be feeling depleted no matter what I do, so I switch back to Jet Fuel for the last push I need to get through to the end.
Even when my body is in full reject mode of food, it is still willing to take water and gels. As a result of learning this, I've built this plan around those two as my baseline. Thankfully, I can get the calories I need every hour from Infinit and Powerbar. I mix Infinit into water bottles that I pick up during races, and I even mix the gels with water and put them into a flask for ease of eating on the trail.
The most important part of endurance nutrition though, and I cannot stress this enough, practicing your nutrition during training. Race day should feel like training, not an experiment with things you are unfamiliar with.