LET'S TALK FUEL

OVER THE YEARS I'VE TRIED EVERY ENDURANCE GEL, GOO, CHEW, WAFFLE, DRINK AND CANDY IMAGINABLE TRYING TO FIND AT LEAST ONE I COULD MANAGE WHILE I TRAINED AND RACED. TO BE HONEST, I DON'T PARTICULARLY ENJOY POUNDING THESE SUPPLEMENTS DURING A RACE BUT I'M AWARE THAT WITHOUT THEM, I'D BE ON MY ASS PRETTY EARLY ON. SO OF THE MANY OPTIONS ON THE MARKET, I'VE NARROWED IT DOWN TO TWO ENDURANCE SUPPLEMENTS FOR DURING AND ONE I LIKE TO HAVE BEFORE. LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YA.

CLIF BLOCKS

THESE BABIES ARE MY TRIED AND TRUE. THESE WERE THE FIRST ENERGY SUPPLEMENTS I TRIED USING BACK IN 2012 WHEN I STARTED RACING. FOR ME, THEY HAD A BEST FLAVOR AND TEXTURE AND WERE EASY TO EAT WHILE RUNNING. THE LARGEST PART AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT BENEFIT IS THE ENERGY THEY SUPPLY WITHOUT THE STOMACH ACHE. GU ENERGY GELS AND EVEN CLIF ENERGY GEL SHOTS ARE TOO HARSH AND IT'S AN IMMEDIATE PUNCH TO MY GUT. MY FAVORITE FLAVORS ARE STRAWBERRY, CITRUS AND THEIR NEWEST FLAVOR, SALTED WATERMELON. (IT'S ACTUALLY WATERMELON TASTING, NOT ARTIFICIAL WHICH I LOVE + IT HAS 2X THE SODIUM OF OTHER FLAVORS)

UNTAPPED MAPLE

THANK YOU ENERGY-ENDURANCE-BIKING-RUNNING-MAPLE GODS. SERIOUSLY, IF YOU HAVEN'T TRIED UNTAPPED MAPLE'S ALL NATURAL MAPLE SHOTS YET, GET ONLINE OR RUN TO THE NEAREST STORE AND BUY THEM. OVER THE PAST YEAR, THEY'VE BECOME MY GO TO FUEL. BECAUSE IT'S NATURAL SUGAR, IT'S SUPER EASY ON YOUR STOMACH. PLUS, IT'S LOW GLYCEMIC PROPERTIES PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE, PROLONGED ENERGY INSTEAD OF A SUGAR HIGH AND THEN CRASH MID RACE. ADDITIONALLY, MAPLE CONTAINS AMINO ACIDS WHICH PREVENT MUSCLE DETERIORATION AND ANTIOXIDANTS WHICH HELP TO FIGHT OFF ANY BAD IN YOUR BODY. NOT TO MENTION THE CALCIUM, RIBOFLAVIN, MAGNESIUM, ZINC AND POTASSIUM ALL FOUND IN ONE LITTLE TEAR AWAY POUCH. I MEAN, NEED I SAY MORE?

NUUN

I'VE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF DISSOLVABLE DRINKS. THEY REMIND ME OF EMERGEN-C AND THINGS LIKE ALKA-SELTZER, HOWEVER, NUUN HAS BEGUN TO CHANGE MY OUTLOOK ON FIZZY ADDITIVES. THESE GUYS KNOW A THING OR TWO ON ELECTROLYTES AND HOW TO CREATE FAST ACTING INGREDIENTS THAT ARE NOTHING SHORT OF PURE AND PLANT BASED. I LIKE DRINKING THIS BEFORE, ALTHOUGH IT'S RECOMMENDED AT ANY POINT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. I USUALLY HAVE A SERVING BEFORE MY LONGISH TO LONG RUNS AND FIND THE BOOST FROM ELECTROLYTES ALMOST IMMEDIATE. MOST SPORT DRINKS ARE RIDDLED WITH SUGAR, AND WHILE I STILL DRINK GATORADE IN MODERATION, NUUN ALLOWS FOR THE SAME EFFECT WITH JUST A LITTLE LESS TOOTHACHE. 

 

ALWAYS TRY OUT RACING FUEL DURING YOUR TRAINING. NEVER TRY ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. YOU'RE ASKING FOR IT IF YOU DO. I STICK TO THESE GUYS WHEN I'M TRAINING AND RACING AND FIND MY BODY, MIND AND BELLY TO BE PRETTY CONTENT ALONG THE WAY.