My personal view
Set out below is an extract from Tailwind Nutrition's US website which is very informative but if you don't mind I'll indulge myself with my experience. I completed 5 Ironman triathlons in 5 years on a mixture of powders, gels, jelly babies and luck. I don't have a sweet tooth and as I advanced in age I sought out any advantage I could. With Tailwind I found I no longer needed to calorie count, a couple of mouthfuls every 10 minutes and I could go as long as I wanted with enough calories and electrolytes and a settled stomach. Not having to think about inputs reduced stress which improved performance without having to learn the science.
Now the official version . . .
All you need, all day. Really.
Getting nutrition right for a long day training or racing is tough. Keeping track of food, drinks, gels, bars, chews, electrolyte/salt pills, etc. just gets tougher as fatigue sets in. Are you getting enough calories? Too many? Staying hydrated? Just how many electrolyte tablets do you need anyway? Tailwind simplifies all that by giving your body what it needs – complete energy, electrolytes, and hydration in a simple drink with clean, light flavours. Tailwind is designed to maximize absorption of fuel, water, and electrolytes while being easy on the digestive system. Curious how it all works? Read on to learn how Tailwind can help you get nutrition right. Complete Energy+Electrolytes+Hydration Tailwind mixes with water to fully meet your calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs. You can ditch the gels, bars, chews, pills, and food and go all day with just Tailwind in your bottle or hydration pack. Most of our customers use it this way. Tailwind’s glucose/sucrose fuel takes advantage of how our bodies absorb fuel to maximize intake of calories. Once in the bloodstream, Tailwind’s glucose fuel directly powers muscles, sparing precious glycogen stores and allowing you to go longer and at higher intensities without bonking. Tailwind’s electrolyte profile mimics what you’re sweating out, so you don’t have to take separate electrolyte pills to make up for what’s not in your drink. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each.
Easy on Your Gut
Efficient fueling is great, but not if it ties your stomach up in knots or causes GI distress as so many products do. We’ve been there, and nothing’s worse. Sipping Tailwind provides steady, small doses of fuel that empty from the stomach quickly. The composition of Tailwind’s fuel matches what the digestive system is set up to absorb through active transport mechanisms that function like pumps, without requiring digestion first. That’s key to avoiding stomach upset and the GI problems accompanying incomplete absorption typical of so many nutrition products containing ingredients that require digestion before they can be absorbed .
Tasty All Day
From thick textures to sickly sweet tastes, most drinks, gels, and chews are hard to take for more than a couple hours. That’s where our endurance experience comes in. Tailwind is deliberately mild and balances just enough sweetness to keep you drinking with the saltiness your body craves while sweating. Customers describe the flavors as “clean” and “light” with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs. Hydration-Pack Friendly Finally, a drink you can use in a hydration pack without fear of science experiments. Tailwind dissolves completely on contact with water and cleans up with just a quick rinse of water. The same goes for bottles too – just a couple quick shakes, and you’re ready to go. No film, no lingering aftertaste, no gooey mess.
Simple vs Complex Carbohydrates
Multiple Carbohydrates vs. Single Source Carbohydrates
Full Complement of Electrolytes:
End result: easy on the gut