How to mix tailwind
Pour 1-2 scoops in a large bottle (600ml) for under 2 hour workouts. Or 2-3 scoops for longer grunts. Shake with cool water and go!
For shorter/less intense workouts; start with 100-200 calories per hour (1-2 scoops)
For endurance events or races; consume 200-300 calories (Maximum our bodies can digest) per hour (2-3 scoops) and adjust up or down as needed
How others use tailwind
Here's what some say about Tailwind and how they mix/change it around:
- Mix some of the Naked with some of the flavors!
- "When it’s hotter I like 2 scoops of naked to 1 scoop of Berry or Orange."
- "I mix 4 scoops of Tailwind with 600ml of water and carry it with me in a handheld bottle, and then just supplement with water from aid stations as needed."
- "It's the biggest thing I've learned with Tailwind when the day gets super hot, I change to about 150 cal per 700ml rather than my regular 250 cal 700ml. That way I can consume more water and stay on top of my hydration while still getting the caloric intake. Tailwind gives you so much flexibility that you're able to adjust for race conditions.
- I mix Tailwind into a "Gel" like subsistancy in small bottles and sip regularly throughout the session.
Tailwind encourage you to experiment and test to see what works for you, that is the only way you can get the most out of your event. However, please bear in mind that the maximum our stomach can digest per hour is between 200 and 300 calories.
The science in tailwind
Tailwind’s glucose/sucrose fuel takes advantage of how our bodies absorb nutrients. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each. Tailwind’s electrolyte profile mimics what you’re sweating out. Once in the bloodstream, the glucose in Tailwind fuels muscles directly, allowing athletes to go longer at higher intensities while replacing valuable electrolytes lost through persperation and effort.
Endurance race example
The following is taken from a 100 km trail race with 3000m of elevation.
The runner (72kg male) completed the event in 10hrs49min with Tailwind as the only source of fuel, electrolytes and hydration for the entire event.
The temperature ranged from 16 degrees C at the start, to a high of 27 at midday, with a mild hot dry wind in the afternoon.
Start: 2 X 500ml Bottles with 250 cal (2.5 scoops Tailwind) in each, one with Lemon and one with Berry flavor, as well as 1L Back pack with 5 scoops of Tailwind Mandarin Orange flavor- Total Calories carried 1000, enough for 4 hours running.
Checkpoint1: 23.5 Km- Exchanged 2 X 500ml bottles, with premixed and prefilled 500ml bottles with 250 cal naked flavor in each -Total time in checkpoint 20 seconds- "mainly due to the length of the shute"
Checkpoint2: 53.4 Km- Exchanged 2 X 500ml bottles, with premixed and prefilled 500ml bottles with 250 cal in each, one with Berry, one with Lemon flavor - Total time in checkpoint 30 sec
Checkpont3: 76.9 Km- Exchanged 2 X 500ml bottles, with premixed and prefilled 500ml bottles with 250 cal in each, one with Mandarin Orange, one with Naked flavor - Total time in checkpoint 30 sec
The backpack bladder was used to sip on at various stages during the day (if it took slightly longer then expected to complete a leg or a flavor change sounded nice) and emptied in the last leg, making it a total of 2500 calories consumed (25 scoops of Tailwind), the equivelant of around 230 Calories/hour and a total of 5 Litres of fluid for hydration.