Beverages are an all important part of cycling, before, during and after. Watts from Revolution Cycles in Greensboro, NC understands this, and he's doing everything he can to keep the single speeder on the go fully supplied with his/her needs.
Sorry. This is supposed to be more about beverages and less about Watts and his shop of global implications.
I've been quite a cheap bastard when it comes to racing. I want to be the best I can be, but with the most minimal amount of training, preparation and expense producing maximum results. Somewhere in there, amongst the cost cutting and effort reduction, lies the sweet spot.
I've tried and failed many times in terms of nutrition and hydration. One of the worst best (or best worst) examples of a successful failure would have been the 2012 ORAMM. In an effort to save time, money and hopefully go fast enough to win, the night before the race (while watching Rambo: First Blood Part Two in a hotel room) I decided that rather than having to keep up with hydration (Gatorade), food (gels) and electrolytes (Endurolytes), I would mix them all together in my water bottles. It was a great idea... until it wasn't. It tasted nasty and sat in my gut like a rock. I choked back what I could, faltered and in the end, came up just a little short.
I've played with all sorts of drinks in the past. Free tubs of various things that I'd won at races, Heed that I learned to drink back when they started this whole NUE business, Gatorade, watered-down Gatorade, Osmo, and last year, Skratch Labs.
Skratch was the opposite of what I tried to invent in 2012. The thinking behind it is more of a hydration need and very little fuel for the fire. It worked as far as not upsetting my stomach, tasted pleasant enough to drink, and my local bike shop carried it. Good enough, but it required that I get my calories from elsewhere, which means one more thing to keep up with. I don't wear a watch or run a computer on my bike, so that's near impossible to do (when you're me and you get distracted by the patterns in gravel).
After this year's Tour de Burg, long story short, I ended up with Chris Merriam's drop bag (he had to go home early and be an adult). Inside were many innertubes that weren't his, a rain coat that was size small, some sun tan lotion, a bottle of TUMS, a Camelbak bottle, and some Carborocket drink stuffs. I contacted him and he instructed me to keep everything but the water bottle and drugstore items, and if it pleased me, to try the remaining drink powder mix.
So I did.
There was enough left in the jug for one serving. I mixed it up and used it on a short ride. Pleasant. Tolerable. Almost yummy.
My interest was piqued.
I read up on this 333 Half Evil All-In-One Endurance Drink concoction.
I'm not gonna cut and paste all the nutritional information here because it's already over there. There are 33 scoops in each jug, so doing some quick math... that's just under $1 per scoop. That makes $2 a bottle minus the cost of all the gels I was taking in (or trying to take in). So it's more expensive than watered-down Gatorade, yes... but cheaper once I add in the expense of gels, blocks, bars, what have you.
Stoked that I found this. Sad that I wasn't paying attention earlier. Once I took my head out of my ass, I found out that many of my friends (and mortal enemies) in the endurance race world have been using this stuff for years. And I called them friends? Thanks, guys.
I'd go through the whole Seal of Semi-Approval thing, but I'm outta time. Wasted too much time photo-shopping dildos this morning.
Well, it wasn't really a waste of time, was it?
If you're Charlotte local, go tell Donald at Bike Source to start carrying this stat.
BTW: It also comes in single serve packs which is what I plan on using at races like Double Dare and PMBAR where I'm getting water from creeks and treating it with iodine. Yumm.