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Re: full recovery at vet checks?

In a message dated 2/20/99 9:41:55 AM Pacific Standard Time, Tivers writes:

<< Temporarily suppress appetite--just like that Chinese dinner somebody
referred to--an hour later you're hungry again. >>

Temporarily, yes, but also temporarily causes a shift away from utilizing
other energy sources, which also take time to gear back up again.  Seems to me
that I have seen reference to the carbs causing an increase in blood glucose
for up to two hours, and I think you have even quoted figures in that range.
The flip side is that the utilization of other energy sources that have been
suppressed takes about 4 to 6 hours to "gear back up" so to speak, after there
has been an insulin response and blood sugar has normalized (or if you are
using it up through exercise, possibly even lowered).  You can continue to
dose carbs, and that may be effective in the case of a front-running 50 with
an elapsed time of 5 hours or so.  But that is not a yo-yo that I would care
to start in the case of a 100-miler that may be out there for 16 or 18
hours--which may still be a competitive elapsed time on a tough ride like
Tevis on a hot year!


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