A lot of athletes are asking me about Generation UCAN. So, here is the DL of my story with UCAN and triathlon training. It is time to get real my friends…
UCAN has been my saving grace for triathlons and my running. Since I got back to IM training, over 2 years ago, I was having a lot of GI issues. Stopping around 45-60 minutes into my run, at a bathroom, in the woods, etc. If I took a gel, I was stopping within 20 minutes. It was awful. I felt that the gels were going right through me and I had no energy left. I would come home from a run, so FRUSTRATED, that I was crying.
About 6 weeks out from Ironman Florida in 2013, I started to take in UCAN. I had no option. And it was the best thing that I have ever done!
Generation UCAN is a SuperStarch/Complex CHO, which releases steadily into the body and keeps the blood sugar stable. With gels and chomps, they are “sugar” spikes… you are required to take in every 30-45 minutes. So, your “energy” goes low, you take another gel. You get so much sugar/maltodextrin into your gut, in a 3-5 hour workout… it pretty much needs to get out. Make sense?
So how do I take Generation UCAN?
If I am heading out for less than a 2 hour run… I will take a Chocolate Protein pack and that is all I need for the whole run. No gels, no GUs, etc. I feel fantastic. As far as over 2:00 run, I will take a flask with me and have a concentrated UCAN with me and find some water to wash it down.
If I am heading out for a 3-4 hour bike, I will still take my Chocolate Protein about 30 minutes before hand but within 1:00-1:15 on the bike, I take in scoop of Plain UCAN with a Nuun tablet. I will use a scoop every hour on the hour for the rest of the bike. I have also added X2Performance to my UCAN mix. This helps with a little bit of caffeine and adding some glucose to the mix, which is what you need with the UCAN.
With UCAN, you actually need to take it in earlier than you think! If you are starting to feel “low” on energy, it may be a bit too late. You would be inclined to take a banana or a gel and there goes the tummy issues again!
As far as my GI issues… the last 1 1/2 years, I have had no GI issues on my longer runs.
I am so happy to have found this! If you are interested in trying it out, use this link and you will get a discount!
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