For me, nutrition and fueling has always been a weakness in racing and training. I tended to never take any fluid or nutrition intake during my long runs, and forget about anything short distance. For my last marathon, I knew I had to introduce fuel during my training (otherwise there would be no way of completing the marathon in the time frame I wanted) and it really made me realize what I was lacking.
Now that I am home more often (instead of running during lunch hours or lifting at the gym), I have had more time to figure out my fueling and nutrition goals POST-workout. When given the opportunity to try Tailwind’s Recovery Drinks, I jumped at the chance. This is exactly what I need.
For those who have never tried Tailwind, they have a little bit different approach, than the sugary extra sweet gels and sports drinks. Tailwind comes in a powder form, to be mixed with water for consumption during athletic events. It is an “All in one, nutrition approach”. They have a wide variety of flavors and products as well. However, they are more than just pre- and during-workouts.
Tailwind‘s Recovery Line includes Vanilla, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and Coffee flavors. We checked out the first two and have really liked it.
As someone whose taste can be a little finicky when it comes to protein powder flavors, I found the chocolate and vanilla to be quite amazing. I generally don’t enjoy just adding powder to water and shaking (and I usually add other items like bananas, avocado, oat milk), but I found both of these to be quite solid as a standalone. So much so that I may actually be a convert to shaker bottles – at least if Tailwind is included.
The construction of the Recovery Line is also well thought out. It features a collaboration of carbs, complete protein, and electrolytes that aim to assist with getting you back on the road without issue. Check out the details on their Recovery Page for more specific insight into the ingredients.
For purchasing, there are a few items available – either a 15 Serving Bag or Single Serving options. The latter can be purchased individually and in a 12-pack.
They also have bundles available – either a recovery only pack (with all recovery flavors) or coupled as a starter set, which is a variety pack of all their flavors of endurance fuel and recovery. These are perfect for on the go, and have the perfect amount pre-measured. All you do is pour into a water bottle and you are good to go.
Tailwind has a great product line, and we have recommended nearly everything we’ve reviewed. If you are just now getting back to races, or if you are training for a marathon or just everyday life, Tailwind is great. They are also the exclusive hydration sponsor of the 2022 Ragnar Trail Series. Participants will be provided with Endurance Fuel and Recovery samples at each event and the Tailwind team will be attending many of the events throughout the year.