By – CLAY GILLIES
WHEN NIGHT FALLS AT THE 24 HOURS OF ADRENALIN, AND YOU’RE OUT ON YOUR OWN IN THE DARK, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR ENERGY UP SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO FEEL GOOD ON THE PEDALS?
It’s important to pick the ‘right’ kind of energy. Choosing Mother Nature’s natural energy source, the sweet science of honey, is an excellent energy option, combining the perfect blend of fructose, glucose, water, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, protein and pollen. Our bodies naturally want and need unrefined sugar when participating in endurance sports. The glucose in honey is rapidly absorbed by the body and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed slowly and evenly providing sustained energy delivery. Having a stable energy boost is also critical for your ability to concentrate and stay alert, something that is essential during those night laps. Honey is also easily digested, with enzymes to help the body metabolize nutrients and does not require water for absorption. There are many ways to get your honey intake during your physical activities, but your Grandma’s super muffins are not that easy to enjoy during a night ride in the Rocky Mountains and there is only so much plain yogurt and honey that can be consumed between midnight and 5 a.m. Honey Stinger makes nutritious and great tasting, honey-based foods, formulated specifically for health-conscious individuals and athletes seeking great tasting energy snacks.Let’s be honest with ourselves, it may be easier to recover from bonking in the daylight then any time during the night.
Five interesting facts about honey:
- Honey bees can reach speeds of up to 15 m.p.h.
- A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year
- In Hinduism, honey (Mandu) is one of the five elixirs of immortality.
- Honey bees have four wings and five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front
- All worker bees are female
Typical honey analysis:
- Fructose: 38.2%
- Glucose: 31.3%
- Maltose: 7.1%
- Sucrose: 1.3%
- Water: 17.2%
- Higher sugars: 1.5%
- Ash: 0.2%
- Other/undetermined: 3.2%
If winter was too good to you and you are looking to drop a few pounds to enter cycling season in peak form, you’ll get there faster by focusing on diet, rather than simply relying on training alone.