[Please forgive me for being dark these past couple of weeks; travel has made it difficult to stay on top of blogging. I have several I’m working to publish ASAP, though! Thanks for reading.]
Pooping is something everyone does, but no one talks about. So be warned: I’m going to talk about poop in this post.
When I did Bike the Drive over Memorial Day weekend with my avid-cyclist boyfriend and a friend of his, I joined them on their second lap. They averaged around 18 to 20 mph the second time around, and I was keeping up — on a mountain bike.
In fact, I made Bike the Drive my bitch, as noted in my dailymile.com post from that day.
Since he was using the event as a training ride, my BF was downing orange-flavored Gu engery gels every so often. After about 3/4 of the say through the ride, I was starting to bonk a little. While still in the saddle heading south on Lake Shore Drive near the Gold Coast, I asked him to share. He obliged and handed me one. It was remarkable how quickly that bad boy kicked in. I picked up my pace and made it up the big hill at Grand Ave.
Fast forward to the Tour de Cure on June 13. On a whim, I decided to sign up for the American Diabetes 100K bike ride in Wheaton. The BF was already signed up, and I figured I could do it. I mean, I did keep up with him for 30 miles. Why not 60?
I bought my own Gu this time.
And — while it’s obvious I didn’t eat enough of those gummy energy supplements during the ride (I bonked BIG time on the Tour; check out my dailymile.com post for the breakdown) — I fear what would have happened to my body if I had properly fueled throughout the ride.
It took me a few days to realize it, but I was all backed up.
Being an avid eater of a balanced diet, chock-full of vegetables, I knew I wasn’t missing out on roughage. (I poop early and often.) The only thing that had changed in my diet during that period of non-movement was the Gu. And I didn’t even have a whole packet. I had half.
So I decided to Google Gu and poo (or, really Gu digestive issues) and see what other people have to say about this apparent phenomenon.
The BF said he’s heard of people having these sorts of issues with products like Gu. (Yes, we talk about poop. We’re that couple.)
Turns out he ‘s right.
At least one site points to Gu and similar products upset people’s stomachs during long events.
No one really talked about the, um, aftermath.
Have any of you had a problem going Number Two after consuming energy gels? And… is Gu at issue or are others problematic as well?