I remember a day last summer when I was training for Ironman Boulder. We were doing our first century (100 mile) ride of our training.
It was one of those Colorado days where the sun beats down relentlessly, not a cloud in the sky. The wind felt like a hot furnace caressing all of my body parts, but not in a good way.
My clothes were so salty I was able to suck on this jersey when I did a tequila shot later that night.
We rode the Boulder IM course which has as much shade as the Mojave Desert. In fact, the only shade we had was from the huge tractor trailers that blew past us and the lovely fracking structures along the road.
At about mile 70 most of us were out of water. In lieu of drinking our own urine, we went a few miles out of our way just to get to a gas station for fluids. Every one was in pretty bad shape with cramping, heat exhaustion, nausea. Except for me.
This is not to toot my own horn. It's not like I was fitter than the rest of my people. The difference? I had been taking my SaltStick tabs throughout the ride. This meant I didn't cramp up, my electrolytes stayed intact and the stress of the heat didn’t get to me quite as badly.
My secret weapon had been to tape the tabs to my bike and to ingest one or two every hour (while trying not to eat the tape).
This was also a regimen I followed the day of IM Boulder. While I may have had other issues (moaning, groaning, hyperventilating, farting, chafing, blistering, delusioning), cramping and dehydration were not problems for me that day.
So, why so many months later am I talking about this? Am I having trouble letting go of the past?
No. I was contacted by SaltStick to do a review of their product. I only review products I think I can really stand behind, and this meets that criteria.
Terrible SaltStick Selfie (I hate all selfies of myself <redundant):
Why SaltStick? For starters, it’s the only electrolyte capsule that resembles the electrolyte profile lost in sweat. That’s why. It’ s not just salt –it’s also potassium, magnesium and calcium. BOOM!
IMHO, this product is best taken in very hot conditions when you are going to be out there for more than an hour. I’ve also taken it during marathons and 70.3 distances.
Another perk, instead of going old school and taping the capsules to your bike, there is now this nifty dispenser that can be put between your aero bars. Ta dah!
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Disclosure: SaltStick provided the product and giveaway item. All opinions are my own.