Is your sport gel
stuck in the 80s?
‘Don’t Stop Believin’, written/sung by Journey, is a timeless 80s rock song and is now the best-selling digital track from the 20th century. The band wrote the song to embrace change and personal pursuits.
The 80s were responsible for a lot of cultural influences today and endurance fuel was one of them. The first energy gel was co-developed by Tim Noakes - Squeezy - in the late 80s
Squeezy - co-developed by Dr. Tim Noakes - in the late 80s.
Squeezy 'gel' co-developer, Dr. Tim Noakes, authored a book “Lore of Running” (1987), theorizing carbohydrates were the main fuel source during endurance efforts. The main ingredients in the gel were fast acting carbs consisting of maltodextrin and dextrose (glucose), and in the 90s, fructose was introduced as an alternative fast acting source of energy separate from glucose and other sugars.
Many of these fast carbs are STILL found in sport fuels today, and have resulted in GI Issues and sugar crashes, such as self-induced bonking (too much sugar).
Mark Herbst at Ironman Kona 84'
Canadian Mark Herbst (65), owner/coach of No Junk Miles Coaching, competed in Ironman 84’ and used flat coca-cola and bananas available at aid stations and continued using this mixture, while experimenting with numerous fuel-source products throughout 30 + years of endurance racing. In 2011, Mark,55 years at the time, competed in ultra-endurance events winning Race Across America. One of the biggest changes was to his fuelling strategy by using a combination of slow-carbs and MCT oils to his drink mix. This allowed Mark to eliminate his GI issues from years of using fast carbs alone, and achieve numerous victories in his 50's and 60's.
“UCAN was a revolutionary ingredient for me” - Mark Herbst
In 2012, UCAN patented a revolutionary carbohydrate called SuperStarch - a slow-carb energy source, without sugar or stimulants delivering a slow-release of carbohydrates to steady your blood sugar for long lasting energy.
Don't get stuck in the 80s, try UCAN!