Endura is now the official fuel of Ironman and Challenge events. While some are fussy about their fueling it is without doubt much easier if you can rely on the on-course nutrition.
With that in mind and to get an independant review on the new formula Endura gave us a sample tub which "Speedy J" agreed to road test for us.
A few months ago our illustrious and noble leader entrusted me with reviewing the above product and without further ado here is my review.
The science; from the webpage of Endura:
Endura Rehydration Performance Fuel features a specialised electrolyte profile designed for maximum performance rehydration. Rehydration Performance Fuel contains sodium and potassium at levels recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to maximise hydration and performance in endurance athletes.
But what does that mean? Everyone knows of a sports drink that spruiking this and that information about their product and how it’s the newest and best out there. So I asked a mate to drink it and before he did he asked the age old question often asked of sports drinks….Does it taste like a camels armpit?
Let’s not go into how this mate knows what a camel’s armpit tastes like for just one moment and focus on the question of taste. It could have been the most advanced product on the planet, invented by NASA to sustain astronauts on the Intentional Space Station, it could claim to contain secret ingredients hitherto unknown to WADA guaranteed to take minutes off your given sports time but if it tastes like crap and makes you gag and mouth vom at merely the thought of another sip then it would be useless as you simply wouldn’t drink it. Thankfully the taste was pleasant and a long way from anything resembling the armpit of any of the camelid family. In fact it tasted OK, with a more subtle taste than may other drinks on the market.
Back to the Endura webpage; Endura Rehydration Performance Fuel is a 6% carbohydrate formula, providing 20 g of carbohydrates per dose as recommended for intense exercise or exercise lasting longer than 1 hour. The combination of fructose and maltodextrin improves carbohydrate absorption and fluid uptake. Endura Rehydration Performance Fuel contains the exclusive and easily absorbed Meta Mag® Magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral for athletes to help prevent muscular cramps and spasms and relieve aches and pains
Now, I know there are a lot of nutritionally advanced people out there who know to the poofteenth what their body needs every minute of an ironman and let’s just say I am not one of them. I have even passed out 5km into an Iroman Marathon after cooking myself on the bike leg, ending up in a medical tent pumping 4 bags of their finest saline into my system before I stopped seeing triple. I could tell you how the mixture of carbohydrates and potassium helped me get over Mini Mini saddle and the Pluviometer or how the magnesium staved off the cramps as I descended towards Caves house during the 6ft track Marathon this year which indeed they may have but I cant state this empirically as I was only running an ultra-marathon not a randomized double blind placebo control study
What I can tell you though, without doubt, is that it did help a lot during training for the event. Running up to 4 hrs every Sunday for 3 months in preparation with little dollar bags stuffed into my “spibelt” gave me the confidence to roam far and wide without having to rely on money and dodgy petrol stations (which to be honest there were not many about for my long runs in the Royal National Park just south of God’s country*). I also made it into ice slushies and ice blocks too cool me down and rehydrate on my return from these long hot training sessions. In conclusion to my N=1, non-scientific review of Endura Rehydration Performance Fuel I would definitely use the product again, and no it doesn’t taste like a camels armpit.
For all the technical information and more info on Endura look HERE.
So with no adverse reactions and no downside according to SpeedyJ then maybe it is worth giving it a shot and simplifying you race day nutrition by being able to rely on the sponsors product.
*The phrase "God's Country" is often used to describe the Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney (Wikipedia)
Text: SpeedyJ and Transitions