I hope you’re all doing fine!
I have a mountainous ultrafondo planned in June (200km, 4500m D+) which I am really excited for! Since my “genetic profile” is more compatible with crit racing, lately my training sessions have been mainly focused on riding longer distances and riding with empty stomach during low intensity <2h rides (with some intensity intervals of course).
My main concern however is nutrition & hydration because I’m not used to ride for such a long distance. I have read the precious nutrition guide from The Sufferfest which is great but it doesn’t provide much info for ultrafondos.
I have tried to ingest at least 60g of carbs per hours (500ml of isotonic drink/h and about 30-40g with gels/bars each hour) and fortunately my guts can handle it very well, I might be able to ingest up to 80g/h.
However, there are plenty of differents products out there and your experience/tips are very welcome:
*Hypotonic vs isotonic drinks: which one would you chose for an ultrafondo?
*I have been told not to eat anything on the climbs and only eat on the flats/descents, otherwise it might upset my stomach; the ultrafondo includes a 30km long climb, which will take about 2h00 to climb I guess; how am I supposed to ingest 60g of carbs only with fliuds if I can’t eat antything? Are the “liquid gels” (like the ones from Enervit) a solution?
*Any other tip, experience to share?
Thank you all!