Before I found First Endurance I had a really tough time finding an electrolyte drink that agreed with me. While training for my first half-ironman, I went through a rough patch where I literally couldn't make it through a long run without having one of "those" moments. I started planning my long runs around the known open bathrooms along the way, and that is no fun. Ultimately, I ended up fueling with gels and water, since I couldn't find a drink that worked. Gels and water work just fine, but sometimes you just don't want a gel...especially after the 3rd or 4th one.
When First Endurance came on board with Team Trakkers I was excited to give the EFS Drink a try, and I haven't turned back since. This is by far the best drink on the market, both in terms of its flavor and drinkability as well as the science that is behind it. Since I have switched to EFS Drink, I have not had the stomach issues I had with EVERY other drink I tried. It has the highest electrolyte content available on the market, so you don't have to supplement with salt tabs or other electrolyte pills. But the best part is the taste. My favorite flavors are grape and fruit punch. They are subtly sweet, but not overpowering. It is a flavor that tastes good no matter how hot of a day it is, even at the end of a long ride. If you are searching for a drink that tastes great, fuels great, and has good science behind it, look no further.
My other fueling (not-so)secret is EFS Liquid Shot. Unlike gels, it does not contain gelling agents that can slow down absorption and digestion, so again, it is super easy on the tummy. I love that it comes in a reusable flask. I usually buy a couple of flasks and then the 30 oz. refill bottle to use as needed. Each flask has 400 calories. I've just recently tried the Wild Berry, which is really good, but my favorite is still the vanilla. I'm thinking that the two combined would be quite lovely. This is the stuff that fueled me through all of my races last year, including my 50K, with no stomach issues.
Okay, so EFS Drink and Liquid Shot are pretty awesome, but the absolute BEST product in the First Endurance line (if you ask me, of course) is the Ultragen Recovery Drink. There have been a lot of studies that show having a recovery drink in the first 30 minutes after completing a workout plays a significant role in recovery of muscles and refueling of glycogen which leads to quicker recovery and better quality of overall training. A recovery drink is not something to take lightly. I have even convinced my skeptical husband of this, and he now uses Ultragen as well. My favorite flavor is cappuccino. Well, really, sometimes I do a workout just for the Cappuccino Ultragen I get after. This morning after a particularly hard trainer session, I put a big scoop in my coffee...OH YEAH! It is also great in ice cold water, or mixed with almond milk or coconut milk. Sometimes I blend it up with some frozen raspberries and a few handfuls of spinach. You cannot go wrong with this stuff. More importantly than the taste, though, Ultragen "is designed to work synergistically to provide the right nutrients to the right place at the right time during the 30-minute ‘Window of Opportunity’ following exercise so you can recover faster than ever before. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition. "
I couldn't have said it better. If you are looking for a better system for fueling, you need to check out First Endurance.