Monday, April 14, 2008

Carbohydrate Rinse Improves 1 Hr Cycling Performance

This is an interesting piece of research that discovered an increase in cycling performance by subjects who used a carbohydrate rinse (no injestion) compared to a water rinse. Seven cyclists were asked to do a set amount of work during 2 trials. They averaged 59.57 minutes on a carbohydrate rinse trial vs 61.37 minutes on the water rinse trial.

I have no idea if it helped or not, but I popped a few hard candies during the Moab Marathon and didn't run too bad. Seems to make sense- a few extra calories plus the taste may provide a bigger boost than one might expect. I am waiting to see another study that looks into the mechanism.

For more information, go to pponline.

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