⛽️ New Episode of The Knowledge Podcast - Fuel for the Fire Part 2: Fueling Strategies during your workout

Time for the next course. In this second in a three-part series, Wahoo sports scientists Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin serve up knowledge on fueling strategies for during your workout to help you stay strong through the last interval. Hope you’re hungry for some top training tips.

Listen to this episode here - https://the-knowledge-by-wahoo-sports-science.simplecast.com/episodes/part-2-fueling-during


I’d guess I need plenty of electrolytes then!


unless you were riding in a chalk pit

Great information in these fueling podcasts.
RE podcast 2 (fueling during your workout) I have just a little confusion on fuel timing and nomenclature.

“During workout feeding” could mean drinking a water-electrolyte-carbo drink mix or “during workout feeding” could mean eating carbo only (no fats, no protein, low fiber) snacks- I’m picturing a gel pack. So these really seem like the same fuel input, the former is just supplemented with water and salts.

60-90 minutes was stated as the time for these fuels to enter the bloodstream. I’ve been told about 20 minutes for a gel to kick in when you’re riding. That’s a big discrepancy.

Also, near the end of the podcast it was stated that if you’re in a low glucose state you could rebound your blood glucose within 10-15 minutes of a feeding.

The two timeframes, 60-90 minutes and 10-15 minutes, are pretty far off. Did I misunderstand something?

Thanks! :blush:

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Great questions! Fueling can be a tricky topic, because there are so many factors and variables that affect rate of digestion and how quickly that fuel can be utilized by your working muscles.
For starters, yes, during workout fueling really means anything that you put in your body. From water to electrolytes to carbohydrates. If you’re not taking in calories, I suppose you’re technically only hydrating, and not fueling, but usually that’s only applicable to rides of about an hour or less.
The 60-90 minutes for a fuel to enter the bloodstream is a general rule of thumb, but will vary depending on what that food is. More complex, whole foods will take longer because they have to be digested first (and since most of your blood is going to the working muscles and not the gut, that food will take a long time to digest). More simple carbohydrates like gels, chews and liquid carbohydrates can boost the blood glucose and give you some energy more quickly because some of that carbohydrate actually gets absorbed into the blood stream in the mouth, before it even hits your gut. Also, the type of sugars that make up the gel or food you’re eating makes a difference in the time it takes to enter your bloodstream. Some of the new products on the market act in a completely different way from traditional gels. Maurten, for example is a “hydrogel” which actually bypasses the stomach and goes straight to the intestines to be released into the bloodstream, no action by the stomach required- thus, speeding the delivery time and reducing the chance of GI upset.
So yes, there can be a discrepancy in the timeframes it takes for different fuels to enter the bloodstream. Sorry I couldn’t provide a more black and white answer, but as with all nutrition related advice, it’s best to take the information as a general guideline and experiment on yourself to see what fueling strategies work best for you as an individual!