"What food you you eat on an event like this?" is a question I frequently get asked. I have done some research on this and come up with some conclusion which I will test on this event. One of the key factors is:'we cannot replace everything we expend during exercise, but we can keep ourselves going all day long if we replenish appropriately'. As a rule of thumb, calorie/water/electrolyte intake will run approximately one-third of expenditure during endurance exercise. Also it should be remembered that fructose, sucrose, glucose, and other simple sugars are poor carbohydrate sources for fueling your
body during exercise.
I have opted for the Hammmer Nutrition range of sports fuels. There is a vast range of products but I have opted to go with Perpetium and Endurolite during the race and Recoverite after the ride each day. It should also be remembered that the optimum time for a recovery during is within 30 minutes of finishing your exercise. There are also different types of protein that you should take for replenishment, a soy based product during exercise and a way based product during recovery. Anyone interested in endurance nutrition should download a free copy of The Endurance Athlete’s Guide To Success. We have also stocked up with biltong, sweets, nuts, fruit cake, hot cross buns etc. as comfort food for afterwards. I have also prepared 2 bottles of Old Brown Sherry with chillies inside, for the long cold evenings.
We have decided to catch the train to Petermaritsburg. The train leave on Saturday at 18:20 from Johannesburg station. The last time I went on an overnight train was when I was in the army coming back from Walvis Bay. This should be an interesting experience, especially arriving at 5:30 in the morning in Petermaritsburg, but its all part of the adventure.