Monday, March 25, 2013

My Water Bottle Combination: eLoad & CarboPro Review

My Water Bottle Combination: eLoad, CarboPro, SaltStick Review
See my 70.3 nutrition schedule for a detailed description of my week long nutrition plan

I met a fellow athlete this weekend who did his first 70.3  He had issues getting his nutrition correct.  I got his email and sent him my nutrition plan that I have developed over the years.  A local coach has a very similar plan that she gives to her athletes.  All the products I use seem to work well for people with a sensitive stomach.  I also do not like sweets so my goal is to cut down on the overly sweet tasting products.

Over the past two years I've learned that if all my calories come from energy gels I feel sick/nauseous by the end of the race.  I also am so sick of sugar that the thought of consuming anything some what sweet make me nauseous.  I also found that consuming most of my nutrition on the bike keeps me from bonking on the run.

On the bike I use a combination of Carbo-Pro, eLoad and SaltSticks.  How much you use depends on how much nutrition you need based off your weight, fitness level, how hot it is outside, etc.  I carry two bottles each has 2 scoops of CarboPro, 1 scoop of eLoad and one SaltStick cap.  If it is going to be real hot I use 2 Salt Sticks in each bottle (remember I live in hot and humid Florida).  I find this water bottle combination works great for me.

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CarboPro is nothing but maltodextrin (a simple sugar).  I like simple products with very little ingrediants.  It has no flavor at all and is not sweet so you can mix it with your favorite sports drink without noticing it.  It is very easy on the stomach.

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eLoad is a sport drink that is only slightly sweet and easy on the stomach. It is gluten free, nut free and vegan (if you can for that stuff). 

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SaltStick is a buffered electrolyte capsule.  The buffering helps with sensitive stomachs and aids in the absorption. 

Whats in your water bottle?  Leave me a comment.  I would be interested in knowing what works for you.


  1. I've always used the Ironman powder in my bottles. I have an iron stomach so I can pretty much tolerate anything and everything but I agree with you on the gels, by the end of a race, I've had enough, I want real food.

    1. You'd have to have an iron stomach to consume Iron Powder. I remember when that stuff was first handed out at the races. Many people had “issues” with it. Not to mention I think that stuff tastes horrible. :-)