I mentioned in a post on September 16th, 2008 that Nuun offered to sponsor me through the SponsorHouse website. I also mentioned my use of Nuun tablets, at the 20th Intracoastal Century Ride, which took place on October 26th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. For those of you that aren't familiar with Nuun, here is my review of their wonderful product.
Low Calorie Hydration
I received a 9 bottle mixed assortment of Nuun tablets, that way I was able to sample all their flavors. Nuun is extremely low calorie, and contains only around 7.5 calories per 20 ounce water bottle! Check out the label on some of those other electrolyte drinks and see how many calories they contain. I just checked two in my pantry, one contains 25 calories per 8 ounce serving, so 20 oz = 62.5 calories, the other brand contains 50 calories per 8 ounce serving so 20 oz. = 125 calories. Let's hear it for Nuun!
I liked all the flavors, except the cola. For some reason I thought is was going to taste like flat soda, and that's exactly what it reminded me of. My husband actually really like the cola flavor, along with the other 4 flavors of Nuun.
I always carry two, 20 ounce water bottles on my road bike when I go out for a ride. I like to mix 1 1/4 tablets of Nuun into each water bottle. I make 4 bottles at a time, 2 for me and 2 for my husband. So I use a total of 5 Nuun tablets to fill 4 water bottles.
I especially like the fact that Nuun comes packaged in 12 tablet bottles. The tablets are quite small, and an entire bottle of Nuun can be stowed in my under-the-seat bike bag, or the back pocket of my cycling jersey. Not having to deal with messy powders, or figuring out how much to measure out is pretty cool.
My husband and I do quite a few long distance cycling events, to benefit various charity organizations each year. The rides are well stocked with an assortment of food, water and another brand of electrolyte drink. We don't really care for the pre-mixed electrolyte solution that is available at the SAG stops, it is usually way too sweet for our taste. We like to fill our bottles with water, then drop in a Nuun tablet.
And I can't tell you how many rides I've done where our friends have shown up with nothing but water in the their bottles. We live in south Florida, I keep stressing the fact that you need to have some kind of electrolyte solution in your bottles when doing any kind of long distance rides down here. I handed out quite a few Nuun tablets while we were training during the summer. My cycling friends mentioned what a big difference it made hydrating with an electrolyte solution, such as Nuun, compared to plain water. Hopefully my friends will get the message and go out and purchase their own Nuun tablets! I always carry a bottle of Nuun with me, even when I'm doing short, 15K time trial races.
Check out the Nuun website for additional information on Nuun tablets. You can type in your zip code, to find out what stores in your area carry Nuun, or you can purchase Nuun directly through their website.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva