Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Tailwind Nutrition...Just drink!

Surely this isn't going to be enough to get me through the next two hours....

These were my thoughts when I was making up a 500mL bottle of Tailwind Nutrition for the first time. I'd heard great things about the Tailwind product but was still trying to get my head around the idea of just simply drinking whilst out training. No sticky gels, no gel wrappers and no constant chewing of chomps or chews. This Tailwind stuff is way simpler, just drink!

My first impressions after a couple of weeks of trying this new product is that it has simply blown me off my feet! Here's a few key reasons why I have been so impressed by the Tailwind product:

Reason #1 why I like Tailwind:
I have never had such constantly awesome energy levels throughout training sessions. There seems to be no such thing as bonking during hard (and I mean really hard) training sessions now. I am training harder than ever leading up to the Lavaredo Ultra Trail at the end of this month and can't fault Tailwind for it's constant, steady supply of energy. An example of this was last week on a 3hr hill session in a torrential downpour of rain. After the run based on how good I was feeling I presumed I'd maybe gotten 1000m+ vertical gain in. After uploading the data to my computer I was blown away to see I'd gotten over 1700m+ vertical gain. I think because I had no low patches whatsoever during the 3hrs despite the challenging weather, I was able to climb strongly and climb well for the whole session.

Reason #2 why I like Tailwind:

"No gut bombs: Stomach problems? You’ll love Tailwind. Unless you enjoy being doubled over, retching" 
- Tailwind Website.

I can drink it whilst running at high intensity without following it with a burp and a tummy grumble. Seriously though, Tailwind is sweet but not too sweet. It goes down super easy and there haven't been any signs of an upset tummy at all. At the moment this is like gold for me as it was crazy stomach issues that derailed my last 100km race at The North Face 100 Australia.

Reason #3 why I like Tailwind:

As I mentioned above, Tailwind is so simple. The idea of knowing that as long as I drink this bottle in the next 1hr, 2hrs etc it will cover all of my nutritional requirements for this training session or race.

Reason #4 why I like Tailwind:

IT TASTES AMAZING!!! Mandarin, Berry, Lemon and Naked... I still chuckle that they have a flavour called naked. They all taste awesome and I literally look forward to being able to take a sip as I'm running along. None of the "oh heck, not another gel!"

I'm really excited that I am now back to feeling 100% confident in my nutrition leading up to two of the biggest races of my life in Italy and France in the next two months.

Check out Tailwind Nutrition at for more info and for any order enquiries if you need.

Packing for my last training weekend away