ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: yet more on carbs, fats and performance

Re: yet more on carbs, fats and performance

Mon, 1 Dec 1997 18:36:16 -0500 (EST)

Pretty good overview, Beth. With the racehorses we're timing the final dose
of glycogen loader to achinve a high, or peak blood glucose at racetime.
Running on a low glucose is not a productive philosophy. In order to ensure
that our glucose is elevated at racetime, we give 2 lbs of grain 2 hours out
from post time.

Fat is clearly useful in endurance work, but it's not the preferred
fuel--carbohydrate is used faster and that's why feeding carbs DURING the
long efforts is of value. Some of the other folks here are suggesting that
plain hay is the solution--al the carbs you'll ever need. This is just not
correct. Show me a significantly elevated blood glucose after a hay feeding.
Theory is one thing, fact is another.


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