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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:56 am 
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Ok, bit of an update.

My last 2 races I have tried the Beet It shots before the race. Much easier to stomach than a full glass of beetroot juice.
I had 1 about 1.5hrs before each race (bottle says 1-12hrs before) During the races I felt really good, I think it made a difference. High heart rate where I would normally blow up or be close to it I felt like I could maintain the effort much easier.
I'll do a few more and see what happens.


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:21 pm 
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I used it for about the past summer for Grasstrack racing as me ole buddy at Drive Training Services rants about. It definitely upped my ability to hit sprint after sprint each race but i could not handle drinking the stuff any longer, when you gag at every sip you know it's time to stop.

Regime; 2 hours before 500ml, halfway the other 500ml... may not have been perfect but definitely worked... for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:03 pm 
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Just get a supplement with nitrate, works just as well since it is the nitrate in the beetroot juice that gives the effect.

But when I read some of the stories in this topic the explanation will be more in the psychology and not in the beet juice.


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:48 pm 
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Iv'e tried some beet juice perior to some races, with some great results (relatively, at least)...
I had it before breakfast for 5 days before those races
While it worked, it was very unpleasant, starting the day with half a litter of that juice.

Later on, i switched to Supplement from Zipveet, and it was all the goods of the juice, without the bed of the beets ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:36 am 
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I find the Beet It juice ok tasting -- better than other stuff I had previously -- because it contains 10% apple juice


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:41 pm 
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I was under the impression that beetroot was good for recovery?

Secondly, aren't nitrates bad for you, or am I getting mixed up??

Porridge and bananas for breakfast are what I swear by. Also nuts.

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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:10 am 
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Bought 24l - 48 .5l servings. Had coach try it at .5l/day for 2 weeks. No noticeable difference in performance. It was bottled. Too difficult to make it fresh. I have the left over bottles and have a small glass daily, but not for cycling performance. My kid - who I bought it for won't touch the stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:49 pm 
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I'll chime in on my experience with some beet juice experimentation. As a full disclaimer I'm a Beet-It athlete ambassador, although I do still buy their products and not so cheaply that I would continue to use it if I didn't think it worked.

I started experimenting with beet juice in a powder form while I was training at altitude in Boulder last spring. I couldn't really tell if it was doing much and my teammates all got great entertainment from me trying to down .5L of fairly unappetizing drink/undissolved powder. No way I was going to keep that up so I tried the Beet-It Sport shots. The taste is a lot easier to handle and at least there isn't any undissolved powder to deal with. You also get a higher concentration of nitrates in a 75ml shot instead of needing at least 500ml of regular juice.

With the shots I was feeling the effects of training at altitude a lot less and my power returned to what I would expect at sea level. It was a pretty dramatic change in how I felt actually - I now don't go to altitude without it. I don't use it every day at sea level but I will have one on race day and for a few days leading up to a bigger race...the effects might be a little less noticeable compared to being at altitude but I think it definitely still helps.

As I said, I'm one of Beet-It's ambassadors but I continue to buy it even if at a bit of a discount. If you'd like a code for 10% off on their site just drop me a pm or if the mods are okay with it I can post here.


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 2:01 pm 
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Our vascular systems will expand during exercise, so the only think nitrates might do is bring on the expansion a little earlier. But they don't expand more. I don't see how that is helping "at altitude", so to speak. Taking nitrite food items will provide a more direct conversion into NO and should work even faster. In fact the fastest way to expand your vascular system is to put a bag over your head for a few minutes. The increasing CO2 level in the blood will immediate expand the vascular system - much faster than any food item. Then you can make your breakaway at the start of the race. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Beet juice?
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 4:18 pm 
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Trying out this Kool Aid, I mean, beet juice. So far (one bottle, 0,5 litres) the only result is that my urine (and feces) is really red.

Don't really understand all those who find it hard to drink the stuff. Fair enough, it doesn't taste like Coca-Cola, but it's not really bad in taste.

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