Managed to get in a 33 mile training hike this weekend. Not ideal, but I take what I can squeeze in. Since my last training hike 2 weeks ago, I had put in 6 hikes of 7.0 to 10.4 miles, 3.6 to 4.37 mph averages. This hike started out as a family deal then I continued on my own.
Started at 11:00 am with plenty of sleep.
Weather was sunny to 72 degrees, always a nice breeze blowing.
Pack was 15 pounds base, 25 pounds full.
Hiked 9.3 miles with family, then 23.7 miles solo.
Elevation was +/- 4380 by my reckoning, +/-5980 by runkeeper.
Total pace was 17:50, 3.36 mph.
Family leg was 19:48, 3.03 mph
Solo leg was 17:05, 3.51 mph
Took no breaks except to refill the hydropack (1x5min), reload the MyoGel (6x1min), and drop off the fam (1x2 min).
I stopped because of the time, but I was not flagging in the least and could've kept going:
I tried a new MyoGel formula, this time putting all the electrolytes in the mix (equiv. to 3 Endurolytes caps/hour). Also, I used half plain/half vanilla whey powder to dampen the sweetness. Result was a slightly unpleasant saltiness.
At mile 24, I started getting occasional spasms in my right quad and calf. This prevented me from storming up flights of stairs as this would set it off. Also at this time the thought of the salty MyoGel was unappetizing - I would have thought the other way around if I was low on electrolytes. I found myself craving the sweet nectar MyoGel I had previously concocted.
At mile 27, I was getting nauseous so I stopped the MyoGel. My stomach settled down within the hour, but the spasms were still threatening. Once home, I had a couple foot cramp episodes, but all is well by morning.
My total water intake was 6.5L over 9 hours. I lost 3 pounds.
Total calorie intake was 1800. Total burn was 4700.
Total sodium was 500mg, potassium was 270mg, Mg was 200mg, and Ca was 550mg.
Add to that a banana just before I set out.
I weigh 175 pounds (now :)
I'm not sure what happened to cause the spasms. I get the conflicting indicators of spasms and an aversion to salty liquids.