Most of the time I race on black coffee off the start, make sure I'm well into the race, then try to make semi-good choices at the aid stations. That usually translates into chunks of banana and sometimes baked potato dipped in salt.
Things take more effort every season and I'm looking into how to take care of essential needs and keep the engine firing. To that end, I have been researching the need for amino acids (minimize the breakdown of muscle mass), burnable carbs, and electrolytes.
Heard some good things about Gu Roctane, but when I checked it out online, I was a bit shocked at the cost - $59.99 for a 24 pack. I'm a value shopper so more Internet digging was in order...and here's what I came up with:
Crank Sports e-Gel.
Check out the comparison chart between e-Gel and Roctane. Seems like you get much of the same goods, no caffeine and about 2/3 the cost:
I ordered a trial pack. Will have to see how they taste and if I can keep them down. My plans for longer races this fall was to go with my Nathan 2 liter pack, intake water and an e-Gel every 90 minutes. I should be getting my energy and electrolyte fix, and per the producer, mixing water (not sport drinks) and e-Gel as intended.
I'll keep you posted on how this product plays out.