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Triathletes using e-Gel and e-Fuel

"I am an Ironman distance, age grouper triathlete trying to qualify for Kona. I have run numerous marathons including 4 Boston Marathons. I have competed in 14 1/2 ironman distances, and 3 full IM distances. Nutrition has always been a struggle... stomach issues, etc.... I can find all kinds of info on training, but few that are helpful as far as race day nutrition. I used e-fuel and e-gel on my last 70.3, had no stomach issues, and won my age group. That being said, I still had questions about nutrition when competing in a full IM. I e-mailed a couple of questions to Crank Sports and instead of sending a generic e-mail back, Mike called me and spent a good 30-45 minutes with me on the phone answering ALL of my questions. It was truly the most helpful information I have had since I began endurance sports years ago. I am going to give my husband all of my Scratch, Carbo Pro, Bonk Breakers, etc., and use nothing but e-fuel and gel. I cannot wait to tell all of my running friends about it tomorrow during our long run. I can't thank you enough, Mike. I don't have a coach and no one has ever spent that much time explaining what I should be doing as far as nutrition is concerned when competing. I am a Crank Sports customer for life. " (...read more)

Vicki Griffin
Leawood, Kansas
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I've been using e-Gel for 2 years exclusively and will not go with anything else....I qualified for Boston with a 3:18:16 and felt great. One e-Gel 15 minutes before the race and one at miles 6, 12, 18, and 23 mile marks and then the last three miles were my fasted splits" (...read more)

David Ball
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sport: Running, Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"40 miles into a 56 mile ride in the desert with two big hills I started cramping, and had to stop several times. The next week I did the same ride with e-Gel and had no cramping despite it being over 100 degrees. My hydration was the same, so I have little doubt the e-Gel played a big part in keeping me going that day." (...read more)

Sam Albrecht
Big Bear City, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I have been in multisport endurance for over 3 years. This is by far the best gel product on the market, and I have been through them all. Cherry Bomb really taste like candy! I have had nothing but positive training and racing experiences with his product. I trained on and used e-Gel for my first half marathon of 2012, and busted a 1:32.44! My personal best of 5 half marathons. The sustained energy is incredible! I absolutely love this product. GET SOME!" (...read more)

Adam Lecompte
Houma, Louisiana
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I am an immunodeficient triathlete who has gone through just about every product on the market. Because my illness my body has difficulty with nutrition absorption and GI distress. After a successful long bike ride (6 hours) without problems during or after I used it on my next race. The results were amazing. My first AG win without any issues or drop in energy late into the race. Thank you Crank Sports!" (...read more)

David Brumley
McKinney, Texas
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I recently completed a half-iron distance triathlon with a brutal bike course. At the end of the ride my quads started to cramp. I nursed an e-Gel over the first mile of the run and the cramps abated. I thought it may have been coincidence, but when the cramps resurfaced at mile 7 only to resolve with another e-Gel I was sold. I only drank water on the run and took e-Gel, so I feel confident that this product made the difference. " (...read more)

Bruce English
Waynesboro, Virginia
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I have always had a problem with leg cramps in the 2nd to 3rd hour of an event depending on intensity. I've been using e-Gel and e-Fuel since January of this year. It is the only thing that I have changed in my training and racing protocol. I did Lavaman olympic distance in Hawaii and never cramped (2nd). I did Wildflower olympic distance in California and never cramped (4th). I've done both of these races a number of times in the past and cramped every time. I haven't cramped on any long runs or rides this year.

I know it is a short sample period. The combination and concentration of electrolytes in the Crank products seems to have solved my problem. I've never written a testimonial before, nor do I take much stock in them. None of this may work for you. It seems to work for me."
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Gregory Allen
Mill Valley, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"As a diabetic who participates in multisport racing I needed a product that could help maintain my blood sugar levels without "spiking" it as other products on the market tend to do. e-Fuel is that product ... I have to test my blood sugar levels several times during a race, so I was able to show my teamates hard evidence (my blood sugar readings) that e-Fuel was providing a constant source of carbs, without the peaks caused by traditional hydration products" (...read more)

John Pattison jr.
Zanesville, Ohio
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"On April 9, 2005, I competed in my very first Ironman at Ironman Arizona after 17 years in triathlon . With horrid winds on the bike, I was nervous about my marathon. I packed my 6 Cherry Bomb e-Gels and I was off to a sub 4 hour marathon including a sub 7 minute mile at the finish line! The Ironman distance is all about nutrition and pace. I was so pleased with the experience and the endurance that the e-Gel formula gave me. I plan to continue to use Crank Sports products as I conitue to set PRs. Thank you Cherry Bomb!" (...read more)

Dan Cadriel
Glendale, Arizona
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"Three hours into an agressive 5 hour ride, my legs were cooked, and my body needed electrolytes in a bad way. I shot another brand of energy gel and come to find out the gel had gone bad. I had no other means on me, when a training partner handed me what turned out to be the best tasting, quickest reacting energy gel I had ever used. Not only did the Tropical Blast e-Gel get me through the remainder of our ride, it made an immediate impact on my new gel of choice. I don't leave the house without a supply of my new best friends: Tropical Blast and Cherry Bomb. Thanks for finally making a gel that works AND tastes great. " (...read more)

Ken Brown
Dunwoody, Georgia
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I'm training for Ironman Florida and during the summer months here in Florida, long bike rides take me into some really hot and humid weather. I've been struggling for 6 weeks with cramping every time my ride hit 60-65 miles in length. I read about e-Fuel and after two rides of 80+ miles with no cramping, I'm a believer!" (...read more)

David Tucker
Brandon, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Fuel   

  
"After having difficulty in races where my gastric system would "lock up", I found that I simply couldn't handle gels and electrolyte pills frequently enough to support my needs. I knew that I was still in need of significant calories for my races and a friend introduced me to e-Fuel.

The calorie content and large amount of electrolytes were a perfect balance for my training and racing needs. In addition, because dissolves fast, it was easier for me to increase the concentration without worrying about trying to swallow a thick, clumpy drink.

At Ironman Wisconsin, I raced with 2 bottles of 4x concentrated e-Fuel (800+ calories per bottle) on the bike as my primary nutrition. Using eFuel helped me surpass my goal and register a 13 hour finish time with no cramping or stomach problems. "
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Shaun Gallagher
Tampa, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Fuel   

  
"I tried using e-Gel becuase I have been hospitalized a few times due to low sodium levels after competition. Living in the south, where it is hot and humid, sodium intake is a must for the endurance athlete. Your products have the increased % of electrolytes that I need, and they taste great. " (...read more)

Keith Marshall
Alpharetta, Georgia
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I decided to run the Chicago Marathon. I trained using all the other gels & became sick to my stomach on ALL training runs including the marathon. A friend (Dr. Ken) recommended I try your product and I did. I no longer get sick to my stomach from gels and have since run the following marathons on Crank and felt no adverse stomach problems: NYC, Philly, Lost Dutchman AZ & 4 Points MA." (...read more)

Edward Romero
Great Neck , New York
Sport: Triathlon, Running
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I think everyone needs to bonk before they go on that search for the fuel that works for them during long training sessions and races. e-Gel/Fuel works the best for me of everything that I've tried (which is most). I'd like to think that my successes are do to hard work, but I believe that my lack of failures can be attributed to your products." (...read more)

Greg Tice
Santa Ana, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I tried all sorts of hydration and electrolyte-oriented solutions over the years, and none of them made any difference. I finally did enough research to figure out that cramping is a fuel issue ... the muscles need hydration, electrolytes, and *fuel* and if you don't provide all 3 you're asking for trouble. e-Gel and a bottle of water is the complete solution for me..." (...read more)

Eric Coppock
Longmont, Colorado
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I competed in my first Sprint triathlon using only e-Fuel and e-Gel products. They went down incredibly easily, and didn't give me that sickly feeling the high sugar products do, when you are going all out. When setting up for transition, the e-Fuel mixed perfectly (even in the 40deg F weather), and tasted great; not to sweet. Took a Cherry Bomb gel in on the bike ..." (...read more)

Todd Houston
Calgary, ALBERTA
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"Crank Sports ROCKS!!! I am a triathlete and I have always had a problem with cramping on the run after consuming copious amounts of sports drink on the bike. With e-Gel and e-Fuel I don't cramp, I stay hydrated, and get more out of my training. e-Gel allows me to drink water and eliminate the cramps that come with the sugars in sports drink. I also love the fact that I can put a few pouches of e-Fuel in my bike jersey and I have instant support for those long bike rides. Your product is great and I am recommending it to all of my friends." (...read more)

Brett Daniels
Woodstock, Georgia
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I have been using your products now for the past year and have really noticed the added sodium content on long training rides and in longer races. I have not been experiencing any cramps, and the texture of the gels is great. The gels are easy to swallow and wash down with water while I am running or cycling." (...read more)

Mac Brown
La Jolla, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I just used e-gel as one of my primary energy sources in my first 100 mile trail run and had great results! I never felt sick and had even energy throughout the event. I have used this product through numerous Ironman Triathlons, 50mile, 50k,100k, and now a 100 mile ultra with success. It goes down easily and the convenient pouch makes it easy for ME to control my nutrition throughout races. I know what I am getting, and it works with predictable excellence every time." (...read more)

Matt Bartz
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sport: Ultra Running, Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I've tried all the competition gels for long bike rides but the e-gel was head and shoulders above the others in performance and in taste. Knowing what doesn't work gets you closer to what does.... and that's Crank's e-Gel. Thanks Todd" (...read more)

Todd Sorrel
Austin, Texas
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"Since using your products I very rarely take salt tabs anymore. e-Gel/e-Fuel are by far the best tasting gels and drinks I have used yet. The balance of simple and complex carbs is perfect. This was a training/competing lifesaver finding you guy's." (...read more)

Brian Mackenzie
Costa Mesa, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"Great tasting and great performing stuff!! The Crank Sports customer service is also top notch. You have EARNED my business...I have been impressed." (...read more)

Ryan Robinson
Lawrence, Kansas
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Fuel   

  
"I've tried GU 2 O, but it's a powdery mess and tends to clump in the bottle. I've tried other drinks, but nothing seemed to work for me because the sugar content was high." (...read more)

Tammie Nyland
Citrus Heights, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Fuel   

  
"I used to use another product but ended up in the emergency room twice for dehydration within a month and since I started using e-Fuel I have not had that problem. I think I will be using your product for quite some time, thanks for everything!" (...read more)

Myk Nelsen
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Sport: Triathlon, Running
Products Used: e-Fuel   

  
"What a difference it made in my workouts! It has given me the courage once again to go out and push myself and not worry about added energy. " (...read more)

Marc Houle
San Jose, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"Just finished STP 2008 (Seattle, WA - Portland, OR)
200+ miles in one day at 19+ miles/hr and I felt great the entire ride. It hit 95* that day and I had no problems what so ever. I even had clear ...... hit the urinal at the finish line. Awsome products!"
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Scott Bullock
Coeur d Alene, Idaho
Sport: Cycling, Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I had been experimenting with assorted gels for the Vision Quest Mountain Bike Endurance race. I started with Crank E-Gels, then Cliff shots(yuck), power gels( sugar/sryup fest) and all the others. Finally I went back to the Cranky-gels and was happy again! Crank really works, I started to cramp after ripping up the first set of climbs. Then about a 1 hour in and every hour after, I tore off, one by one the 6 packs of gel I taped to my frame. With every Crank-E Gel I consumed my leg cramps magically disappeared. Crank E-Gel saved my race!" (...read more)

Joe Crouch
Irvine, California
Sport: Triathlon, Mountain Biking
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I have used accelerade, gatorade, powerade...ect and NOTHING was able to keep my energy up. My sugar would spike then crash! e-Fuel keeps my sugars up and STABLE! " (...read more)

Damien Bertucelli
Tampa, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I began competing in Tri's 4 years ago. Crank was my first gel product. I have tried other gels. But nothing compares to the boost and superb taste that Crank gives you. I tell newbies, if you hate the taste of gels...then tri the real gel, Crank. This year I'm gunning for my first Ironman. There is no doubt I'm carrying Crank with me for my 140.6 mile journey. Anything else would be cheating myself of the finish line.

Thanks again Crank!!!"
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John Migliori
Berkeley Heights , New Jersey
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I first discovered e-Gel at the L.A. marathon expo. I was kind of skeptical about how good it worked and was it really worth spending the extra money for the gels. The gels helped me complete my first marathon and they taste much better than Power gels or Cliff shots. I compared the nutrition facts on each of the labels and the e-Gel is much better than the others. It is the best gel product out there!!! I am a firm believer in e-Gels and I use them for everyone of my 60 mile cycling rides every Saturday and everyone of my brick workouts. I never forget to take them along with me to my triathlons, marathons and half marathons. When my friends are bonking, I'm still going!!! Thank you Crank Sports!!!" (...read more)

Joseph Delgadillo
Monterey Park, California
Sport: Triathlon, Running
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I am a typical New Yorker. My work schedule rotates weekly and often within a week. I train when I can and not on a set schedule. I decided on a half Iron triathlon as a training goal. I had no coach then or now to help me. I started using e-fuel after my first 1/2 iron Triathlon. I did not have a good plan on how to properly fuel myself during an event. I had moderate success at the race and continued to use the product. I did not use e-gel at all for the first race. I did a lot of reading on products and tried to change my training and race fueling to improve my performance. My performance has improved and I believe these products have had a great deal to do with it. I have contacted Crank both by email and on the telephone. I have received honest and valuable answers. This is a great company. I just completed the Tupper Lake Tinman, a half iron event ...." (...read more)

Edwin Croucher
Oswego, New York
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I was having horrible blood sugar and electrolyte crashes during my long events (half Ironman & half to full marathons). I decided to try to find a new gel and drink with more electrolytes. I found such great success with e-Fuel! No more bonking in the last few miles of my events! One of my friends, who owns a running shoe store, was having similar issues. I told her about e-Fuel and gave her a sample. She didn't try it for months, claiming a sensitive stomach. Finally, out of desperation, she tried it. She loved it so much, she now carries e-Fuel products in her store! Thanks for success x 2 in the hot, humid summers of Florida!" (...read more)

Sue F
Cape Coral, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I have had nothing but GREAT experiences with e-Gel!! In training for my first Ironman and trying to prepare the right nutrition plan for race day, I was introduced to e-Gel's and have never looked back. I was convinced that after consuming nearly 18 of them during my first Ironman, that it would take a while to want another one, but I was wrong ..." (...read more)

Joni Fournier
Boulder, Colorado
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I picked up some e-Gel at the fitness expo before my first marathon. I hadn't seen the product before and I was taking a chance using the first time during a race, but it worked well. I have been using it ever since in marathons and triathlons and have never had a problem with nausea, having it sit in my stomach like a brick and hinder the absorption of water like some other products I have used. Plus it went down easy. This spring I qualified for the Boston Marathon using e-Gel! " (...read more)

James Borden
Farmington, Utah
Sport: Running, Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I had been training for three months for a half ironman. I had tried every gel and drink available. Two weeks before my race, I got my first shipment from you. WOW, the last two weeks of training I noticed a big difference in my endurance and energy. It showed on race day! Between the e-gel and e-fuel, I am a believer.

Thanks!"
(...read more)

Guy Titler
Mason, Ohio
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"These are the BEST gel and hydration products I have found." (...read more)

Mark Homewood
Palm City, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I did a half-Ironman in April and e-Gel kept my sodium levels up. The electrolytes in this stuff really works. I've tried other gels since and they just can't compare" (...read more)

Andrew Maz
Los Angeles, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"I have been using the e-Fuel and e-Gel for 2-3 months and couldn't be happier. I am a triathlete and I use the items for swimming, cycling and running. So much better than Accelerade or Gatorade. Not even in the same ballpark. Thank you for making such a killer product." (...read more)

Michael Incardone
Chandler, Arizona
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I currently race in triathlons and cyclocross and have consistently used e-Fuel and e-Gels to maintain the intense effort needed to place. I found that halfway through the race a Mountain Rush e-Gel provides the boost to stay competitive. " (...read more)

Al Morinaka
Fullerton, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I love e-Gel and e-Fuel it not only works better but tastes 100% better that the other nutrition gels!!!!! Thanks Crank Sports!" (...read more)

Alhen Drillich
Seminole, Florida
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel and e-Fuel   

  
"I dread the other thick gels because it takes a longer time to swallow and digest it. The taste actually has a great flavor unlike some other tooth paste gels. Another important reason to use Crank Gel is that you get an additional 50 calories compared to other gels, which in most cases will prevent you from bonking. " (...read more)

Ron Berman
Staten Island, New York
Sport: Triathlon, Duathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"The e-Gel product is the only product to date that I see instant results and recovery after maximum exertion." (...read more)

D'arcy Moser
Placerville, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
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Matt Miguelena
Moorpark, California
Sport: Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
"e-Gel is doing a perfect job in keeping me re-fuled and highly energized through long endurance events. I just completed Half-Ironman distance event, where I consumed 12 packs of e-Gel. I felt energized throughout the event, and had no side effects whatsoever (cramps, stomach issues, etc.). " (...read more)

Yishay Yovel
Sunnyvale, California
Sport: Running, Triathlon
Products Used: e-Gel   

  
  
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