Base Training Bring-Alongs

Whether you're a racer or trail ripper, it's time to hit the base training, which means long rides, a sore butt and the need for some energy to get you home.


Okole is Glute goodness.
Okole is Glute goodness.

It’s the new year and the holiday bacchanal is but a bygone memory (except for the emerging gut). It’s time to hit the base training, which means long rides, a sore butt and the need for some energy on the trail.

Okole Stuff chamois cream- $25-

Okole is Hawaiian for the gluteus maximus region or buttocks, and Okole Stuff is the chamois cream invented by endurance rider Pua Suwicki. Just like maintenance products for your bike chain, the creams and lotions for your butt and body always run out and need resupply.

GU: Roctane energy gel and Brew drink mixes- prices vary-

GU Roctane energy gel takes the original GU formula and kicks it up a notch with added amino acids, citrates, and BCAAs for ultra endurance performance. GU Brew recovery and electrolyte drinks are formulated to meet the needs of athletes.

Tasty totables.
Tasty totables.

Clif: Shot Roks recovery bites– $3 –

Portable and easy to eat, a package of Clif Shot Roks has 20 grams of protein to speed recovery.

CamelBak: Podium Ice insulated water bottle- $20 –

The need for an insulated water bottle may not hit you until you start using this one from CamelBak. It’s best for keeping your water cold in the summer, but it can help keep liquids from freezing in winter. “Aerogel” insulation claims the lowest thermal conductivity of any solid, and keeps your fluid cold up to four times as long as an un-insulated bottle.

First Endurance releases new Optygen HP

Added horse power?
Added horse power?

Sports nutrition company First Endurance has introduced a new OptygenHP formula, saying it’s the most potent form yet. It contains Rhodiola that’s twice as strong as the original formula. OptygenHP also contains Beta-Alanine. The two main adaptogens in OptygenHP (Rhodiola and Cordyceps CS-4) were first used by Tibetan Sherpas to help them climb Mt. Everest. First Endurance says that OptygenHP utilizes these two adaptogens because clinical research on elite endurance athletes has shown them to improve performance, increase the body’s ability to adapt to high levels of physical stress, increase aerobic threshold and reduce latic acid.