Over the years, I have experimented with tons of ways to fuel my body during an event. With each different event comes a different challenge and a different need. with ultra events I have found I can take my time to actually chew something. In an ultra-ultra event, like last year's 202 mile solo run of the American Odyssey Relay, I not only took time to chew food, I got real food in sit down meal style.
However, with the addition of triathlons to my exercise fun, I have found that I need to take in an energy gel or two. When my friend Chris White showed me a way to tape the Energy gels to my bike for easy rip-off-ability on a recent bike ride, the possibility of fueling on the go and doing so quickly was made much easier for me.
I have often been asked what gel I use the most and I am always happy to tell someone. However I realized i had never really publicly talked about the kind I enjoy best. Well, it is that time.
Without a doubt, PowerBar's Energy Gel's are my favorite brand. But even more so than that, on a sub-level, the strawberry-banana flavoring is tops by far. It is not even the flavor which is so smooth but the consistency itself I love. While the chocolate flavored Gels provided a solid flavoring and almost chewable consistency, the strawberry-banana have a much more liquid consistency that allows for an athlete to almost drink the gel whole.
This afternoon, after an early flight and 2.5 hour drive and just general malaise, I decided to go for a run in Lompoc, CA. Beautiful day out but I was starving. I wanted to do about 6 miles before an engagement I have to attend (and really need to grab a shower and get off the computer and go to it!) but I did not have time for any real food. In the mouth went the PowerBar Gel (with 4 times the sodium of other similar gels- important for a heavy sweater like myself) and away I went. I enjoyed the sun, enjoyed the run and am now ready to go grab me a steak.
So when you want to know what gel I like, look no further than good old strawberry-banana PowerBar gel.