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Hot Tip: Staying Alert at Night During Ultras

Posted by Vince Arnone on 05/22/2010 in Hot Tips | No Comments »

Staying Alert at Night During Ultra RacesBob Corman, after finishing his last lap at 6:30 AM on Sunday morning during the The Davis Bike Club Annual UMCA 12/24 hour challenge. Competing with teammate Jay Kilby, the self-supported duo (no support crew) completed 374 miles in the 24-hour period. Photo: Jay Kilby

If you’re doing an ultra distance race, one where you’ll be racing through the night and into the next day, chances are you’ll need something to help you stay alert. We have two suggestions:

1) Use one of the caffeinated versions of Hammer Gel on occasion. Each serving of the espresso Hammer Gel contains 50 mg of caffeine and each serving of tropical Hammer Gel contains 25 mg. By using these specific flavors of Hammer Gel you will be providing your body with complex carbohydrates, as well as a sufficient but not too-high dose of caffeine.

2) Take a capsule of Super Antioxidant every 1-2 hours during nighttime hours. The Ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine components in the product not only provide antioxidant support, they also have circulation-enhancing benefits and are purported to have cognitive/alertness-enhancing benefits as well.

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