DURATION <1 HOUR
This strategy would require 1 serving of GEL 100 CAF 100.
BEFORE: A beneficial level of caffeine can be reached by consuming around 200 mg prior to the activity. This can be achieved by consuming one cup of coffee, in the hours before the event, and one GEL 100 CAF 100 during your warm-up. You could reach the level of caffeine by consuming two GEL 100 CAF 100, but the total amount of carbohydrates is a bit excessive for a short event.
DURATION <2 HOURS
This strategy would require 2-3 servings of GEL 100 CAF 100.
BEFORE: Aim at consuming 200 mg of caffeine prior to activity. That translates into consuming two GEL 100 CAF 100. For an event that is about two hours, having two GEL 100 CAF 100 is a convenient way of building up the caffeine levels – and top up the carbohydrates levels at the same time. Remember that one GEL 100 CAF 100 packs 25 grams of carbohydrates.
DURING: About thirty minutes into the activity, consume another GEL 100 CAF 100 to ensure you keep your caffeine levels sustained. Don’t forget to replenish the carbohydrates. Aim at consuming 30-60 grams of carbohydrates every hour.
DURATION >2 HOURS
This strategy would require min. 3 servings (depending on duration) of GEL 100 CAF 100. BEFORE: Consume two GEL 100 CAF 100 during the hours leading up to the event. Then you’ve reached an intake of 200 mg of caffeine and 50 grams of carbohydrates.
DURING: About thirty minutes into the activity, consume another GEL 100 CAF 100 to ensure you keep your caffeine levels sustained. Aim at consuming one GEL 100 CAF 100 every second hour to sustain the caffeine levels. Don’t forget to replenish the carbohydrates – either by using the GEL 100, drinking Drink Mix 160 or Drink Mix 320. It’s ambitious, but aim at an intake of around 60 – 90 grams of carbohydrates every hour.
Remember, these guidelines are simplified and should only be used as a rule of thumb. Caffeine isn’t for everyone. If you’re unsure or pregnant, consult a doctor. And always keep in mind that there’s no point of pushing your caffeine intake. You can never compensate for training and overconsumption won’t help you.