National 24hr TT with PH hydration and fuel
In short; totally recommend PH for hydration and fuelling.
In full; Heard about PH on a Trainer Road podcast and checked out the sweat test as I am a heavy sweater and suffered on long events.
Delayed my first purchase but brought some hydration products in recent months in preparation for the national 24 hour time trial. Used them in training and high temps and was impressed with how they worked. Also helping with my recovery.
PH gels were also released recently and I have had limited experience with sports nutrition in the past opting for ‘real food’. The clear 30 grams of carbs was really helpful as I have adopted a more structured approach to my fuelling for the first time. I have managed long events better and recovered quicker when fuelling properly.
The National 24hr TT had exceptionally hot conditions and I ensured I preloaded the day before and prior to the event with pH1500. I changed my plan to use PH1000 and switched to PH1500 initially due to the excessive heat. There were high drop rates in the high temps and I managed where I have failed in the past. ‘You sweat a lot’ said a blunt passing rider, but I had it covered.
I got behind in my drinking overnight and took on some blister pack tablets to compensate and got back on top of my fluid intake after that.
Used the PH gels every hour of the 24 along with some solid carbs and took on a consistent 60grams. No GI issues experienced. They are sweet but neutral in flavour, I have completely avoided gels previously due to the weird synthetic flavours not appealing. Im sold on PH gels for a consistent palatable carb source.
The products did the job and contributed to me hitting my target and completing my ‘BHAG’.
Who knew a well thought out hydration and fuelling strategy would be so effective? Thanks PH. Totally recommended.