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Don't mean to be synical etc, but why would one make there own gels. There are heaps out there and relatively cheap. And when I say cheap I am talking about me personally as I would use approx 15-25 per year (and 12 of them would be race day and others are for long runs late in the season Not worth my while to make them.

 

I am happy to be told otherwise here because each person is different and each person does different amounts of training/races. Therefore..... Personally I think if you have a well balanced diet, don't abuse yourself and keep hydrated you should be able to get by without them in normal training. Sure you need to fuel yourself with a snack or two but not sure you need so many gels that you need to make yourself.

 

What are your reasons / training. I may learn something too!

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I've done them. Corn syrup (maltodextrin) and fructose sugar in a 2:1 ratio with a little water and flavouring. Add some salt to counter the sweetness if you feel like it. I seem to recall it worked out around 20c a gel. Haven't made any for a while.

 

I like to keep my caffeine separate so that I can control exactly what I have better.

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Energy bars are easier to make in my opinion.

 

Oats, rice bubbles, some sultanas, ground coffee beans, honey and nutella. Mix and freeze.

 

Gels, look at Infinit nutrition, they have a powder that is just add water.

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I recently came across a lady called Steph Lowe. She has a website/business up called the Natural Nutritionist. I bought her book called "The Real Food Athlete". Her website is here: http://www.thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/

 

She has a recipe section on there and has a couple of different energy gel and energy bar recipes, as well as a number of other types of meals that ft within her nutrition philosophy. Some good stuff on there

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I recently came across a lady called Steph Lowe. She has a website/business up called the Natural Nutritionist. I bought her book called "The Real Food Athlete". Her website is here: http://www.thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/

 

She has a recipe section on there and has a couple of different energy gel and energy bar recipes, as well as a number of other types of meals that ft within her nutrition philosophy. Some good stuff on there

Yes Steph has some good stuff
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Interesting topic

I've just done 4 weeks (130 hrs) of training on Nuffin but bags of rice pudding and salt stick and water

Not one gel , not a sports drink no multodextrin

 

I feel great , and until now I'd be useing 60 grams of carbs on every HR

 

Recently I've been down to Nuffin for the first 3 to 4 hrs and then 20 grams an HR in rice

 

Not sure this will be a race plan but , I'm sure if and when I use gels in a race I will get full effect

Cheers

Ivp

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