Tuesday, April 10, 2012

GU Energy for High Altitude

A couple of months ago, SuperKate guest posted about the wonders of GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink. My good fortune was to get a sampler of the same, just in time for our Spring Break trip to Breckenridge.

The first day was rough on some of us (actually all of us, but worse for some) - Gaigai actually threw up at the start of ski school, but soldiered on. Something needed to be done, and that something was hydration. At altitude, hydration is of paramount importance, and, while we adults enjoyed plenty of wine, it just wasn't doing the trick. Enter GU Energy.

Beginning the second morning, we each dropped a tablet of GU Brew Electrolyte Tablets (Pink Grapefruit flavor) into a glass of water and chugged it down. Slightly fizzy with a hint of citrus acid, it was an easy way to get some H2o down to start the day.

Starting hydrated was good, but maintaining it was just as important. For this we turned to Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink. This is a carbohydrate intensive energy drink that contains the critical carbs and electrolyte replenishment that ultra endurance athletes need. What we liked about it was the easy to mix formula - just opened the packet into a water bottle, dropped it in the backpack, and it was ready when we needed it. The whole family liked both the Grape and the Tropical Fruit flavors we tried.

Between the GU Brew Electrolyte Tablets and Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink, we all felt better and had the energy for a full day of skiing, snowboarding, and wandering around the town.

Not sure why, just personal experience probably, but I always think of GU products as something to use while running or biking - this high altitude trip really opened my eyes to their usefulness in a variety of different situations.

(Disclaimer: Outside PR sent me this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of GU Energy. I did not pay for the item, receive payment, or agree to give it a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I'm a GU fan as well and have used it a lot. Unfortunately it is very expensive here in South Africa so I turn to cheaper, local brands often. For some reason I get myself cut or stabbed by something on Anette's bike on every run. Not sure how I get this done...

  2. I find GU too sweet for my taste so I stick to Hammer Nutrition. I don't know if it helps at altitude though.
    I read somewhere that chewing on coca leaves is really helpful at elevation. Hmm... that would not be legal, would it?

  3. Great way to get the kids to drink more fluids in the morning and on the slopes:)

  4. Great idea for hydration at altitude! You really have to stay on top of it or suffer the consequences.


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