So Why Tailwind?

I was introduce to Tailwind by a number of runners who swear by it for racing and training, with such a positive word of mouth response I had to find out more. A common point of discussion on forums regarding nutrition before long runs and in the build up to ultra races is 'What are you going to carry for fuel?'. Expecting the normal response to be solid foods (bars, chews and homemade snacks), gels and to normally include an electrolyte based drink. I was suprised that the answer I was hearing from a number of top ultra runners was "I'll be using Tailwind'!

So I researched further. It seemed to be the perfect solution for runs where I would normally take a bladder or race pack to carry my fuel, with the added bonus of the much discussed settled stomach. Even during my 100k at ACP where my nutrition went well, I always felt I didn't take on enough fluid and the gels weren't the ideal solution at 50 plus miles as my stomach becomes a bit more temperamental further into the race.

As a rule I tend to avoid fuelling during training so that I get the full benifits of fuelling up on race day, however on longer runs of over 20 miles or 3 hours I do tend to take an emergency gel or some chews / beans to snack on. So the plan for the summer marathon training buildup is to ensure I am fuelling correctly to ensure I maximise my training potential and recover for the next session, I have switched to using Tailwind as my fuel for long runs with a focus towards my 'A race' the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in October, before shifting my attention back to ultra races later in 2016. I am still planning on using gels as my fueling strategy for the fast road marathon attempt, but the is due to logistics of fueling in such an event. However, I am already finding Tailwind ideal for those 20 plus mile off road runs.

 

But don't take my word for it alone, see what others think of Tailwind and how they use it for training and racing, and if you want to give it a go try the flavours in the XMiles trial pack

See what our featured runners say;

Tailwind has already been featured in our 'Runners Profiles' check out what the runners have to say and how they used Tailwind in their 'A Races';

Robert Turner's profile from his 3rd place at ACP 100k 2016

Robert Turner - I'd first come across Tailwind on the US based Ultra Runner Podcast.  The host of the podcast interviews runners, race directors and gear manufacturers and this Tailwind product came up again and again with the interviewees raving about it's seemingly magical powers.  No bonking!!  What? I thought bonking was part of running any race over about 26.2 miles.  I WANTED!!!

The problem was it wasn't available in the UK and the costs of shipping it from the US was atronomical. Then Mike comes along and sets up Tailwind UK, it took me a while to discover this.  I read a lot of blogs by ultra runners and noticed the Tailwind product getting mentioned more and more.  I had to have it and quickly ordered the multi flavoured stickpacks.  I first used them in the Glen Ogle 33 ultra in November 2015 and I used only Tailwind.  I completed the race in 3 hours 36 mnutes, a new course record, and I used 2 Tailwind stickpacks in water.  One just before the race started and one half way through.  No bonks, no bad patches, just a subtle constant flow of fast acting carbohydrates.  My nutrition is generally low on carbohydrates, which I think only adds to the power of these little packs of energy; the train low race high strapline you hear so often these days.

James Stewart's profile from his win at the 2016 West Highland Way race.
Kasia Lubowiecka's profile from the Dorset Invader Marathon.

Mike - Tailwind Nutrition UK

Tailwind Nutrition UK was set up in 2015 by Mike Julien. A veteran of 5 x Ironman triathlons, the Marathon des Sables and various UK ultramarathons.

Mike has completed 5 Ironman triathlons in 5 years on a mixture of powders, gels, jelly babies and luck. He doesn't have a sweet tooth and as he advanced in age he sought out any advantage he could. With Tailwind he found he no longer needed to calorie count, a couple of mouthfuls every 10 minutes and he 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 from the US . . .

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
  • Tailwind uses simple carbohydrates (dextrose and sucrose) as opposed to complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin, glucose polymers, super starches, food)

  • Fast-acting carbs are rapidly absorbed in the GI tract, rapidly transported to muscles cells, and rapidly metabolized to provide energy to working muscles.

  • Long-acting carbs such as super starches, complex carbs and food are absorbed more slowly, and must be metabolically converted to fast-acting sugars before they can be transported to the muscles and used as energy. All this takes time (and energy).

  • Remember, you are running a calorie deficit from the get go so Tailwind gives you fuel in the most efficient way possible – it’s delivered in the form that your body already uses

  • Result: it doesn’t hang out in the stomach and cause GI distress

Multiple Carbohydrates vs. Single Source Carbohydrates
  • Tailwind uses a dextrose-sucrose mix. Recent research has come out that shows if you combine different types of carbohydrates, you can actually INCREASE the amount of calories absorbed by your body by up to 40%.

  • Result: you can absorb more calories

No Protein
  • Protein has been shown to be a major contributor to GI distress

  • Important for recovery and as part of your overall nutrition plan, but not during your activity (unless it’s multi-day and you take protein during your downtime).

Full Complement of Electrolytes:
  • Tailwind mimics the composition of sweat:

    • Sodium: 0.9 gram/litre

    • Potassium: 0.2 g/l

    • Calcium: 0.015 g/l

    • Magnesium: 0.0013 g/l

  • Most drinks only contain about 15% of what you need, and then you need to supplement with salt pills

  • Most important piece of information though: Most folks think of cramping when it comes to sodium, but the real reason to include sodium is that it activates the glucose and fructose transport mechanism. The glucose and fructose are transported across the cell to power the muscles, but when you introduce sodium, not only is a glucose and fructose molecule transported, but a water molecule as well. This means you get more hydrated when taking sodium with your drink

Mild Taste
  • Many folks underestimate the importance of taste and texture…until they are in their 3rd hour

  • Most drinks on the market are overly sweet which taste great during the first 2 hours, but give you the “gag reflex” after those initial hours. The worse outcome then happens: you don’t drink which means you aren’t taking in calories, electrolytes, or water

  • Tailwind has a mild, clean taste that you can drink all day without getting sick of it

End result: easy on the gut
  • Tailwind was formulated with special attention to being easy on the gut

  • Simple vs complex carbs = easy on the gut (GI system doesn’t need to break down complex carbs to simple carbs)

  • No protein = easy on the gut (GI system doesn’t need to convert a long chain complex molecule to glucose)

  • Won’t overload the gut: once you dial in you caloric intake/hour, it is difficult to mess-up. Drink 1 bottle of Tailwind with your caloric intake/hour and you are good.

  • Optimal ratio of glucose:fructose. No fear of fructose malabsorption

  • Mild taste: no gag reflex that makes your stomach say “no”

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