2013 Official Mountain Running Team Nutrition Sponsor
Product: Honey Stinger--Stinger Waffle
Reviewed by: Andrew Fast
Activity: Long runs, Long
rides, Runs after ocean swims, Runs after pool swims.
Abstract: I gravitate toward advice from people who have more miles than I
could ever dream of accumulating. Take Tim for example, a training mentor
of mine who’s in his sixties--Tim (once an Olympic cyclist and collegiate
runner) trains in Italy and various other scenic countries because the sport of
endurance is part of the culture and the terrain is good.
When Tim saw me
eating a Stinger Waffle he said: “Of course!”
a training ride in the hill country of Texas one spring morning Tim rolled out
of a gas station with pockets full of a less organic version Stinger
Waffle--but more or less the same idea. He said in Europe he lives on gel
filled pastries that pack well; which is essentially what you’ve created here.
running or cycling for long distances the gut goes through a series of phases
and then there is heat, dehydration, and a slew of other variables that make
race nutrition a volatile topic. I tested the Honey Stinger product during an epic
week (5+ hour runs, 8+ hour rides, ocean swims), and feel very strongly that
there is a demand for Stinger Waffles because it fuels athletes working at or
near threshold for long durations that need slower digestion of nutrients than
a gel or gummy can deliver. Ultimately, I
am proud to have this company as part of the Team kit.
-Semi Solid: Chewing and enzymes secreted as a
result of chewing are crucial on long days. Until recently: athletes go
into a running, mountain gear, or cycling shop and have limited mediums to
choose from when it comes to absorbing nutrition while working at threshold.
It’s either powder to dissolve in water or gel or gummy, but I think the
potential for refueling can become way more creative; Stinger Waffle is a
creative semi solid that absorbs into the gut well.
ratio: Tying in with slower
digestion, lipids(fats) are essential! Our body metabolizes fat like
diesel. With 7g per serving, the Stinger Waffle is a more realistic ratio
of fats and carbohydrates for folks going out for 5+ or 10+ hour days. After
about ninety minutes our glycogen stores get depleted. If it’s a really
long day, there needs to be fat in the fuel source to even-out the spikes that
sugar can cause.
I’m overjoyed to be affiliated with a company so ahead of its time. Honey
Stinger, as a brand, is a group of folks I admire for several reasons: natural
and organic, new concepts, and letting athletes drive the direction. All of the products taste great and work at any stage of the race.