Q: I’m not sure I understand the gauges?

A: The gauges show where your plan is versus the evidence-based guidelines. The green area on the gauges is the ideal target range. Orange and red are cautionary areas… performance could suffer due to over or under consumption. The red area on hydration indicates the area where hydration could cause weight gain and creates a health risk (hyponatremia); do not drink at this level!
By default, the gauges show the entire event. If you select (click on) the box below time/distance line for a particular hour, the box will highlight (grey) and the gauges will then reflect that hour’s nutrition. Selecting (clicking) the box again, will revert to full event.

Q: What are the boxes with “H” and “C” below the timeline?

A: The boxes represent hours in the event overall and the circles next to H and C indicate status of Hydration and Carbohydrate for that hour. If you click on the box, the gauges above will show reading for that hour.

Q: Why are some hours very high and others very low for hydration, carbohydrate?

A: When working with doses of product that are big (for example, a 700ml water bottle or an energy bar with 60g of carbohydrate), those doses can become a large percentage of the hourly target, making it difficult to exactly hit the target. In your event you can of course spread consumption over the two hours.

Q: Why is the timeline/distance line showing in units I didn’t select?

A: The units used for events are currently set by the events. We are considering adding the feature to allow user to toggle units for events.

Q: Why doesn’t bike nutrition show up at aid stations?

A: With biking (whether cycling event or bike leg of triathlon), it is possible to store large quantities of fluids and carbohydrate sources (one or more 500-700 ml water bottles, multiple gels or other carb sources, etc.). With that in mind, the plan is generated to show when nutrition should be consumed, and it’s important to consider the aid stations as restocking opportunities to ensure you can support consumption. Contrast this with running, where the planning is done to take advantage of aid stations to extent possible.

Q: Why don’t my gels pair up with water on the bike?

A: On the bike, doses of hydration (bottles) typically cover 30 or even 60 minutes per dose. Even though a gel may not appear aligned with a drink, you as an athlete will have the water bottle or sports drink on board to wash the gel down. It is recommended to always drink water with a gel or solid food source.

Q: Why don’t my gels pair up with water on the run?

A: The planner attempts to pair gels with water to the extent they are available. If your hydration preference is 100% sports drink (or a high percentage sports drink) and you have low hydration need, then it’s quite possible there will gels paired with sports drink or even unpaired. It is recommended to always drink water with a gel or solid food source.