A little over a year ago, I became a little disgusted with the overly sugary “sports” drinks that were on the market. My personal feeling is that most of the sports drinks on the market are just well marketed, glorified kool-aid (especially Gatorade and Powerbar Perform). The amount of sugar in these sports drinks not only made my stomach cramp, but by the end of a race 70.3 or longer I felt like my teeth were rotting!
In 2011, I went to the first year for the Giant Eagle Race in Columbus, OH (before WTC bought it). Infinit Nutrition was on site during packet pickup and also had their product on the run course (no aid stations were on the bike since it is an Olympic Distance race). I sampled their run formula and instantly fell in love with the subtle sweet taste and a hint of saltiness to it as well. No food coloring in it or anything else artificial in it either.
When I returned home from the race, I began doing some research on the product and was very impressed with the nutritional content of it, the price, and the amazing ability to customize it for my own personal needs.
I bought a bag of the custom bike mix and noticed that my need to supplement during training rides with salt tabs ceased to exist. I felt no more stomach problems or cramping while cycling. I also tried the bike formula for long endurance runs on trails. It seemed to work extremely well for that too. However, if doing high intensity running I would recommend trying the run formula. The carbohydrates are a little easier to digest and there isn’t any protein in the it to slow down digestion and cause bloating.
After trying the custom formula a few times, I wanted to try to making my own mix. If you desire to, you can even have a free nutrition consult with one of the experts at Infinit Nutrition to help you find something that will work for you. You have options to control the following variables to make your sports drink special to you:
- strength of the flavor
- the carbohydrate blend for the specific race distance
- calories per serving
- Electrolyte blend
- Protein per serving
- Amino acid blend
Infinit allows you to control just about every aspect of your nutrition based on your specific body needs and race distance. If you’re a smaller person, then you may want to tone back the calories because you don’t need to replace as many as someone of average size or larger. If you’re doing an ultra marathon, you may want to increase the amount of protein and and electrolytes in your formula. You may also consider different bags for races in different climates… one for cool to warm weather and one for hot weather so you meet your body’s needs on those specific days. The options are limitless (or infinite).
Infinit, as mentioned before, does have stock versions of their product which include:
- Go Far – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, 4g whey protein isolate, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
- Go Fast/Speed – a higher percentage of glucose, plus sucrose and maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
- Jet Fuel – Speed plus 125mg caffeine
- Isis Endurance – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, 2g whey protein isolate, BCAAs, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
- Isis Hydration – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
- Repair – whey, Soy and Casein proteins (25/25/50%), maltodextrin, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
- Mud – whey protein isolate, flax seed, coffee, chocolate, maltodextrin, sucrose, glucose
- Napalm – a higher percentage of glucose, plus sucrose, fructose and maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, with or without caffeine
I highly recommend every endurance athlete to try to Infinit Nutrition while training this off season and see what you think. Take note of how you felt before and after switching.