How to spare muscle glycogen stores?

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How to spare muscle glycogen stores?

Postby fatguy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:30 pm

How do we spare muscle glycogen stores on 3 hour rides. I"m trying to have a really strong last 30 minutes in a 3-4 hour ride. Really want to lay down the hammer at the end.

Any tips?

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Re: How to spare muscle glycogen stores?

Postby steve-born » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:19 pm

The best ways I know of to maximize muscle glycogen utilization is to:

(A) Not eat too close to the start of your workout or race. We discuss this in detail in the article "How to Properly Fuel Prior to Workouts & Races" ( ... .1279.html), and I can tell you that if you apply these principles in your workouts and races, you will see a noticeably positive difference.

(B) Warm up gently before the event and don't go out too hard right from the get-go. Going out too fast will only deplete glycogen stores rapidly as well as the endogenous enzymes that are involved in energy production.

I hope this helps.

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