Fuel and Hydration
Bonking sucks! Human-powered skiing is a low-intensity, long-duration activity. A typical day is six-hours or more. But we're rarely racing around. Staying fueled and hydrated is critical to success, especially on consecutive days. I plan on eating around 200-calories per hour of touring. I guess I could eat six pre-packaged energy bars during the day, but then my gut would hurt and I would eventually hate skiing because I would associate it with crappy food. Instead, I make most of the food I eat during the day. Not only is it better fuel, it is better nourishment. I look forward to stopping for a bit to eat!
For hydration, I use Skratch Labs Exercise Drink Mix. I drink anywhere from eight to twelve ounces per hour of touring. In the winter, it's hard to beat Apples and Cinnamon, which kicks ass hot.
I consider staying properly fueled and hydrated critical. It not only allows us to ski more, it promotes better decision-making, particularly at the end of the day, when things tend to go south too quickly. I can deal with a hole in my jacket or missing the wax on my skis; but when I am bonking, it's time to go home.
Here are some of my favorite foods while touring. If you're intrigued, you can pick up a Feed Zone Cookbook and start making your own portables.