Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

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The Accelerade Experiment

This summer, my lack of marathon training left me with the opportunity to experiment with some new fueling tactics. Serendipitously, I was one of the ‘chosen ones’ offered free Accelerade in exchange for my membership to the Accelerade Edge as well as some public feedback posted to my blog about their new ready-to-drink product.

As you may have read on other blogs, Accelerade is now available pre-mixed in 20-ounce bottles with four flavors to chose from: citrus grapefruit, peach mango, fruit punch and mountain berry. The science behind their product is the carb to protein ratio (4:1) aids in muscle repair and increased hydration.

I had already been tapped by them before to try their powder, which I grew to like during marathon training last winter. With the powder, I found that it needed to be cold in order to have a more enjoyable drinking experience. Once it got the drink got warm, the taste deteriorated and I struggled to gag it down.

I had high hopes for the ready-to-drink stuff. It seemed to have everything going for it: no mixing, no gritty residue and interesting flavors to choose from…just grab, go, drink.

I decided to use Accelerade on the bike this time, as that was where I was spending most of my time, and thus, expending most of my energy. Each week on my long ride, I’d try a different flavor. I thought I’d like the citrus grapefruit and peach mango flavors best, so I tried those first. My thought process was that those two flavors would not be as sweet, so I’d like them better.

I was wrong. First, let me say to all manufacturers of things ‘mango’ flavored. STOP. PLEASE. I have YET to taste anything ‘mango’ flavored that actually TASTES like mango. Usually, it has a flavor that reminds me of the smell of cat urine. GROSS. The citrus grapefruit was a little too tart for my palate, which surprised me. Those two flavors lost quickly.

I moved on to the mountain berry and had a little more success with that one, so it got to ride with me for two weeks in a row though I found it to be really, really sweet. I finished the taste test with fruit punch, usually my least favorite flavor in any setting, and found that I could tolerate it the best out of all four choices.

Notice that I am not jumping up and down and raving about the taste of any of them? That’s because the whey protein leaves a weird aftertaste on my palate…one that I can only describe using an unpleasant word, so I’ll just say that it didn’t taste great but I learned to tolerate it.

But why? Why do I tolerate it? Why not skip it altogether?

Believe it or not, for me, this stuff works. One week, I opted to NOT take my requisite 20-ounces of Accelerade with me on the bike and went with just Gatorade Endurance. About 45-60 minutes into the ride, I was STARVING. No amount of gel or trail mix could satisfy my hunger. It was ridiculous.

My solution? I’m going back to the powder mix. It has a frothier, creamier flavor that seems to work better for my taste buds. I’ll miss the convenience and quickness of the ready-to-drink stuff, but as I’ll take flavor over convenience any day.

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