I’m just about to hop on the trainer for my next session this morning. I’m in the process of filling up bottles and grabbing gels/drinks for the ride and noticed a pile of oranges in our fruit bowl. I’ve never tried oranges mid-ride before and I’m wondering if they would be any good? I don’t imagine the acid would be of much help, but I’ve never heard anyone saying anything about them. It’s worth mentioning this would be only indoors…carrying a big lump and peeling it while riding sounds miserable
I’m not seriously considering making oranges a staple-it’s more of a “hey, I never thought about this before!” thing. Cheers!
Juice not worth the squeeze. Only 12 g of carbs in an orange. Would take 3 oranges to equal two medjool dates.
I can’t see 1 being a big issue, though it also won’t provide huge amounts of fuel, either. Multiple oranges might be an issue with acidity. There’s also the stickiness factor
Do you have a blender that you could make some fresh orange juice with? I think that, diluted with some water and some added electrolytes, might be a not-bad workout drink.
I can imagine having orange juice running down my sweaty arms and onto the bike. Okay, scared me away from the idea. It wasn’t a serious idea to add to my nutrition, just a fun thought. That being said, they are very tart and sweet and might offer more of a mental fueling benefit than anything else. The bright, juicy flavors could help pick you up after a hard interval (assuming you actually fuel along with it).
I really have to stay away from acidic foods when riding hard. Citrus fruits aren’t the easiest on the stomach.
I can imagine overdoing it would lead to a rapid and unintended purge from either end during vo2 workouts
Half-time oranges at football…
Tbh if you want a refreshing taste, why not. The nutritional value isn’t very high though.
Big fan of dates here. Just line them up and every rest period scoff one to two (depending on length of interval).
When I did the Mallorca 312, I did so after coming down with heat stroke (threw up dinner and breakfast) 193 miles on an empty stomach is advisable. I was strong till around 130 miles then died for the next 30 until I passed a farmer giving out oranges. They sure brought me back to life and finished quite strong
Whilst oranges are great for you, I wouldn’t rely on them for fuelling a training session on there own.