Attack of the Power Goos

Gus and Gels that athletes use to have been around for almost a decade now, but I have mostly been spared them because, well, there’s no reason for me to have used them. They are consumed by athletes looking for quick energy when the are competing or training. But since I’ve started cycling in earnest this year, goos and gels have been an increasing part of my training nutrition diet. I almost always bring one with me on a ride and when I do a supported ride, like Waves to Wine or any of the Century rides, they are usually available at the rest stops. Since they are easy and quick to consume and provide a well needed energy boost, goos are very welcome.
However not all goos are created equal. They come in a rainbow of “flavors” and brands. For me, there’s little difference between the brands. At their core, they are all a same—a viscous jelly-like substance similar in texture (and often taste) to tree sap. I tend to stay away from any of the fruit flavors which taste like Elmer’s glue and stick to the chocolate, mocha, espresso spectrum, which are far more palatable.
On the first day of the Waves to Wine ride, I made a huge mistake and, at the last rest stop, ate several goos with a fistful of pretzels. Big mistake. The combination of the viscous goo and the flour from the pretzels creates a mortar like substance that could have been used to build the pyramids. It sat like a brick in my stomach for the last 15 miles of the ride. It was terribly uncomfortable. On the plus side, I probably won’t have to shit for a week.
Here are some sample goo varieties:

Power Gel

Refuel with POWERBAR Gel, featuring C2 MAX – optimized carbohydrate blend. During strenuous exercise the body burns carbs and loses key electrolytes through sweat. POWERBAR Gel replenishes and restores those nutrients to help maintain peak performance. Its convenient package can be easily carried and is great for when you don’t have easy access to your sport drink, such as during a long training run.
Cliff Shots
CLIFF SHOT Gel is a fast-acting, easy-to-digest source of carbohydrates—your body’s preferred source of fuel during activity. SHOT Gel’s semi-liquid form shines when you’re working hard and need to fuel up between breaths.
Hammer Shots
The staple of any energy drink, bar, or gel is carbohydrate, and HAMMER GEL stands alone in today’s glutted market of energy products. A look at the ingredient list on the label will tell you why: we use long-chain complex carbohydrates for smooth, consistent energy release. There’s only a trace of sugar, so HAMMER GEL doesn’t set off wild insulin spikes causing “sugar high” and “sugar crash.”
GU Energy Gel
GU Energy Gel give you the optimal balance of maltodextrin and fructose delivers a quick blood sugar rise, and then maintains that glucose level for up to 45 minutes. GU keeps your mind alert and active, and your muscles going strong during your regular workouts. Simple to take, simple to digest, GU Energy Gel provides just what you need for premium exercise fuel and none of the extras that slow you down. GU takes you where you want to go, fast.

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