One requirement of survival is food. Another is water. When cycling or doing anything physical, you need to make sure that you’re hydrated and you’re consuming calories to give you energy- to stay doing awesome stuff. A balanced meal? Sure. But who’s got time for that?
If I’m going to go on a ride, chances are I’m not going to take the time to pack a home cooked meal for the road. I’ll grab snacks and throw them in my pack and roll out. GU ENERGY has made it easy for you in making smart little energy boosts in an easy to carry package. For my overnight century ride across the Copper I threw in a handful of stuff that Spencer over at GU sent over. I haven’t used energy gels much, but they’ve come in handy just before a cross races so I figured what the heck, seems as good a time as any… I threw out a few of the wrappers, but started saving them to refresh my memory on their taste.
GU ENERGY GELS: Box of 24 gel packets – $31.50 These little gels are easy to eat, and don’t feel like a lump in the throat as you may expect. They’re super easy to pack and give over 20g of carbs, as well as potassium, sodium, and other stuff that you need to keep the engine running.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter. It tasted like Chocolate AND peanut butter. Go figure. It didn’t taste chalky at all, and
- Salted Caramel. This one was actually pretty damn good. The salty sweet was quite good.
- New Flavor! I don’t think it really helped me out that it just exclaimed “New flavor” without giving any warning as to what was held within. It was salty, but fruity- I can only imagine that it’s their “salted watermelon” flavor that is now announced. I wasn’t a fan on my ride, but like I say- if I was expecting it maybe I’d think higher of it.
- Caramel Machiatto. A little too sweet for me. The coffee flavor was good- it reminded me of those sweet coffee candies that my grandma used to have during the holidays.
When you sweat, you need to replenish your electrolytes. Some light carbs, why not- you need them to keep going. I know that myself at least- I don’t hydrate as much as I should to maximize my energy levels and bounce back I exert myself. In my hydration pack I like to have plain water and it’s nice to have a water bottle with one of these little guys adding a little more oomph.
- Lemon Lime. A decent blend of tart and sweet. I found it was important to let it sit a while to make sure they fully dissolve.
- Blueberry Pomegranate. It sounds great- and doesn’t taste horrible, but often times with powdered drinks as in this case- just calling it Purple Drank might be better. I just couldn’t get the blueberry pomegranate complete taste.
I also tried the Raspberry Chomps, Box of 16 packets – $31.75. I think I would prefer to carry the gels to the Chomps- they had a tendency to stick to my teeth.
Eating packaged food like this of course isn’t suggested for every meal. It is helpful though to have things like this around for rides, races or just to carry in your pack if you decide on an impromptu jaunt into the woods. Great to have in a safety pack in your truck in case you get a flat tire somewhere far off too.
Not attending Interlake this year, it was nice of GU to send these along to I could give ’em a go. Thanks again guys.