I'm often asked is Tailwind Nutrition just for ultramarathon runners of would it be suitable for triathlons, in particular Iron Distance.
I'll admit to no personal experience as though I've completed Ironman in Austria, Zurich (x2), South Africa and Lake Placid they were all before I discovered Tailwind and I've since switched to Ultramarathons. I'm tempted to do one more next year on just Tailwind so I can pass on my experience.
Meanwhile I've listed below the most recent reviews from triathletes for your guidance.
If you have several Tailwind users in your triathlon club please contact Freddie J to see if he can help you some way.
Triathlon Specific Reviews
Rhys Thomas - October 8th, 2017
Just used for IM Barcelona.
6 scoops in 2 bottles. Drank 1/3rd of a bottle per hour supplemented with water from aid stations. worked a treat!!! nothing else needed.
I like the fact that the flavours are not too overpowering and sickly like a lot of energy products.
topped off with great service
Paul O'Connor - September 28th, 2017
Having constantly searched for product to keep me both fed and hydrated during Ironman events I came across Tailwind via a customer of my shop, Base2Race in Dublin. I ordered the Raspberry Fizz with caffeine and the standard lemon drink and received it within a couple of days, nicely personalised and with a hand written note from the guys which is a great touch. I loaded up for a long 5 hour bik ride and was oth delighted and amazed by the results.... never felt the pangs of hunger and energy levels were perfect. As I write this I am in Lanzarote for a weeks training and my 6 hour bike yesterday in the heat and wind wind that only this island can throw at you was entirely fueled by a mix of both drinks. I did have to take on extra water but kept to the appropriate leeks in my fuel otters and am delighted to report that this is the way forward for me and without doubt will be fuelling me come Novembers ace. Top product with top service. Who could ask for more!
Kylie Mansfield - August 17th, 2017
Quick turnaround from order to delivery followed up with a personal message to check how I was getting on with Tailwind. I've only used it a couple of times so far - and will be using it again for back to back long training sessions this weekend - but so far so good! No GI issues, great subtle flavours and it seems to keep me fuelled for the hours needed. As someone who cannot tolerate certain sugars, wheat or dairy products, getting suitable sports nutrition can be a real problem. I think I've found the solution! Excited to try it at IM Wales in a months time :)
Daniel Silvester - August 15th, 2017
Arrived on time to use on an Olympic triathlon. Easy to mix and helped keep me going. No after effects either so pleased all in all
Dan Devine August 14th, 2017
Having read about Tailwind Nutrition online I was sceptical about it's effectiveness, I find it difficult to fuel whilst taking part in Ironman Triathlons with the usual Stomach issues etc I have bonked numerous times over the last few seasons and decided it was worth a shot ........ Wow ...... Completed a 6 hour endurance ride on Nothing but Tailwind and still had the energy to complete a 6 mile Run after which I don't think I've ever felt especially at a 10k pace (45 mins) I didn't eat prior to the ride and this was my first to.e using the product -no stomach issues , the flavours were great and it was effortless .... no more excuses and hopefully come September a New PB at Ironman Wales ...... Kudos to Tailwind and the Personalised note in the box was a nice touch
Craig Bunyan - July 9th, 2017
Half way through my first order and enjoying the benefits. Riding 2-3 hours followed by 1-2hr of running and nothing else needed. Half iron at the weekend and it is all that I'll be taking on the bike as it keeps me fuelled without feeling heavy or bloated on the run ��
Stuart Brown - July 31st, 2017
This was my 2nd purchase of Tailwind having been impressed by it's performance whilst on long bike rides in prep. for Ironman Wales. I finally undertook a long run with it yesterday (usually I'm loathe to carry any extra weight). All I can say is WOW! I took a 500ml bottle for a 2 hour run, with a fair few hills. Taking a few sips every 20 minutes made a lot of difference to my run, and I experienced none of the stomach problems which have plagued me when using other brands on course at IMW. As well as the product itself, the customer service is great - I'll soon be back for more!!!!
Hester Barsham-Rolfe - July 19th, 2017
"IM nutrition: Sorted"
I can't take gels - they make me really poorly... and you know how I mean. It's not a good thought when you're powering yourself over 140.6 miles!
Tailwind has changed all that - gentle on the stomach and easy to drink. No horrible flavours etc! Amazing! I'm recommending to everyone
Nigel Soulsby - 04/07/2017
Had stomach problems with Powerbar products at Ironman Wales last year. Other members of tri club were using Tailwind so I thought I'd give it a go.
Very mild taste is a big improvement, with no sickness or bloating. Successfully used sachets on a long hot ride, the mixture of nutrition and salts kept me hydrated and fuelled.
Service is spot on too, I will be staying with Tailwind from here on.
Gareth Riley - 04/07/2017
"New user who races iron distance"
Tried some that a friend had bought and it was good, bought this and used it in a 70.3 Ironman last weekend on the bike, usually I get off the bike feel bloated and get stomach cramps which makes the run hard going, this time nothing, I got into the run and had not stomach issues, it fuelled me so well on the bike 2 bottles wirh 3 scoops in, never felt farigue, really impressed and so glad to have found this product. Delivery spot on also Thanks you now have a customer for life.
Clare Harris 21/6/2017
I was recommended this product by someone who also struggled with their system during endurance events. I was training for ironman Staffordshire and looking for nutrition to train to train with and use for the event. Gels in the past have given me problems and I just don't have that much of a sweet tooth so found
It hard to stomach sweet bars during long rides and other nutrition products. I decided to give Tailwind a go and it's simplicity really gave me hope. I'm not disappointed it worked well in training, at first I ordered the mixed pack to try the different flavours. The flavours are subtle and they my surprise I choose the unflavoured as my bulk buy. I usually find I crave the clean tast of water when I'm on long rides but with tailwind you don't get that strong aftertaste so it's easy to consume. I used it in training and race day and it got me through some tough heat conditions 30 degrees I just kept on top of it and completed my first ironman 70.30 with no stomach problems and remained hydrated, plus it kept me fuelled.
five stars for service a lovely little handwritten note in the box and to my absolute surprise an email before my event wishing me luck, a first for me and great touch! Thanks Tailwind
David Atherton - 15/6/2017
I'm quite new to the Tri world and was struggling with nutrition etc . a pal of mine Andy Gardner told me about tailwind . I cant tell you how much difference it has made but its brilliant . I will be ordering more and recommending your product
Phil Ormston 2/6/2017
"Can only describe it as strange.....in a very good way"
I've been training for my first Olympic triathlon and been working with gels, bars, solid food and all of it gives you that kick as the energy hits your system. Tailwind doesn't do that, you just never feel tired. It's a really strange experience first time out, it was a hard training run that I first used it and was able to push harder for longer. My legs started to tire near the end so I went from a sip every 10mins or so to a sip every 5mins or so and didn't actually realise until I stopped that not only had my legs stopped aching but I'd then run faster. On top of that I didn't feel like I needed to stop which was an awesome feeling. As the blurb says I've had no problems with my stomach which gels sometimes played havoc with. The personal note in the pack instantly impressed me. The only question I have left to answer is what flavours I'm ordering next, there's no if there just what and when
Conor Burns 26/5/2017
"Tailwind Raspberry Buzz"
I'm preparing for an ironman and needed something to help me get through the final push. I was a bit concerned with the amount of gels etc I would need to take so when I learned that Tailwind was a natural product I felt I had to give it a go. I have not been disappointed. It is easily drunk and it has no nasty side effects after or during my training. The one thing I do try and do is to have my water very cold or add ice as I find in the hot weather it can taste a little *heavy '. To be fair it is very reasonably priced as well. great service with a lovely personal touch also.
Eddie Hampton 31/5/2017
"First 70.3 Half Ironman using Tailwind for the first too!"
Recommended by a team mate after getting severe cramps during Olympic distance events. I can honestly say that my expectations were exceeded! I completed the distance using 5 twin-packs and nothing else! Absolute God-send and will recommend to fellow team-mates. Gentle on the stomach and no cramps (stomach or legs). Eddie Hampton, Riada Triathlon Club
Sean Carter 25/5/2017
"Used on the bike leg of a 70.3 Half Ironman.
Due to nutrition logistics I prepared 3 sachets into one 800ml bottle. Flavour was great, despite the stronger concentration! No gut malfunctions despite average HR of 150 for the 2.5 hours on the bike. No stiches or cramps or crashes on the run stage either - a sign of good calorie and electrolyte intake from earlier.
Overall a great tasting product, I haven't sampled the other flavours yet but will be ordering more Berry for sure!"
Sorcha Page 24/5/2017
"Being the best you can be."
I start triathlon last year as a complete novice, I was having stomach problems when running the last leg, consisting of a burning sensation and cramps, I was using a different product. I was advised by a friend of mine to try Tailwind which I used within my training sessions to make sure it was suitable for me. I raced for the first time on Sunday and knocked off 15 minutes off my previous time, I only used Tailwind and since have not had any gut problems. With the right training and nutrition you can be the best you can be."
Alasdair Helliwell - 22/5/2017
"Impressed! Using Tailwind only for half ironman"
I’ve been using Tailwind in training for a few weeks but decided to wait for my first race before providing a review. I’ve just completed a middle distance triathlon (half ironman) using tailwind exclusively. I put 6 scoops in one bottle for the bike and sipped regularly with additional water as required from my aero bottle. On the run I carried a hand held flask with 2 scoops in about 300 ml of water. I drank additional water at the aid stations. Overall it went really well and I had the best feeling stomach compared to previous races. Plus at no point did I not want to drink TW whereas with gels I often find I can no longer face them. Energy levels remained topped up and didn’t feel hungry at all. I wouldn’t say my stomach was perfect on the later stages of the run but was much better than other nutrition I have tried. Pleased with the result and be interested to find out how it works over the longer ironman distance!
Mark Melarkey - 24/5/2017
Tailwind was recommended by a fellow triathlete and I thought I would give it a try but didnt believe it would be anything special - Very quickly i was proved wrong when I used it for Ironman training - Tailwind ticks all the boxes for me and I will definitely be using it regularly now."
Raymond Evenden 22/5/2017
"Tailwind 2 Serving Stickpacks"
Been using Tailwind for IM training and I am impressed. Finding it especially good on the long bike rides with no drop in energy. Tastes good and so much better than gels.
Andrew Nash 16/5/2017
"So Far So Good"
Tailwind was recommended by a mate doing IRONMAN last year & I've been using it recently for my own IM training. So far So Good, I use the unflavoured which just adds a neutral tang to water and it just seems to work. I supplement with a banana or light snack bar on long rides but it really does seem to provide the energy needed but for doing nothing more than seeming to keep hydrated. No more chewing every 20 minutes or fighting with sticky Gels.
Dave Shields 16/5/2017
This was my 2nd order of Tailwind. Again, excellent personal service, this time from Rod in the stores. Needed a bunch of stickpacks to take to a tri training camp in Majorca. As with the last order, next day delivery with that special tailwind-uk personal touch :-)
Stickpacks were for use on the longer bike rides and did the job perfectly. The 70 mile Sa Calobra ride was fuelled purely on tailwind and was faultless. Used the mandarin in 1 bottle and raspberry buzz in the other. Big glug of the raspberry at the base of the 10km / 670m climb was enough to see me through the hardest part of the day in the saddle. The mrs also used them on her first Cat 2 climb on the bike and was more than impressed at the taste and the effect it had. Really can't recommend this product enough!
Jason Steohens 9/5/2017
After purchasing the stick packs I found the flavours I liked and berry seemed to taste good and not overpowering. I'm a tailwind user from now on as 112 miles through the Lake District is a very tough ride this did the trick and no gut issues. Only problem is with ironman training I'm going through it too quick :)