Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kona Kase: New Nutrition Samples

Per my new medically-suggested dietary restrictions, I have a monster of a nutrition puzzle to solve when it comes to long training sessions and racing. The rice cakes that I used to eat before races are probably out, and I’m still unsure of just how much I can use sugars and other carbohydrates during long training session and races. 

Luckily, the folks behind Kona Kase, a service that will send 8-10 endurance nutrition samples to you for $15/month, offered to send me a box to try out.

Inside, it was an assortment of various nutrition products – bars, gels, and even some emergency pain relief powder.

Some of these products – like the Cliff Shot Blocks – are things I’ve used before and like. Others were things I’d tried and hated – yes, I’m looking at you, HEED. But the best part, of course, were the products that were new to me, offering me a chance to train with something that might work its way into my race nutrition strategy.

Of course, since I don’t eat wheat and I’m supposed to be limiting my carbohydrate intake, I wouldn’t be able to try everything in there.

Still, it’s not like I’m stuck eating nothing but hay and grass.

Instead, I checked out the gluten-free, low-carb PR Bar before my brick on Saturday.

It tasted much like a chocolate balance bar – cocoa flavored with a hint of an artificial bite – but it’s a lower carbohydrate nutrition bar, so palatable is about the best you can expect. And after eating half of this, I only made an 11 gram dent against my 100 gram/day carbohydrate intake limit, but felt un-hungry enough to start the brick.

Since the brick was going to take over 2 hours, I needed a little bit of mid-brick fuel, but wanted something that wasn’t pure carbohydrate, like a gel, and opted for a few bites of a Picky Bar, which is a product I’d been considering trying before the Kona Kase even showed up.

About a third of that bar kept me alive during the brick, and had a subtle peanut butter flavor. Cool.

While I’m definitely in a special situation with my diet, the one drawback of the Kona Kase is that I won’t be able to try at least 1/3 of the products in there. However, they say that they’ll be starting a gluten-free and a low-carb option in the near future, so that would alleviate that issue. In the meantime, I’ve discovered that the Picky Bars could provide a good source of nutrition during rides, and the PR bars could be a good pre-race alternative to hard boiled egg whites. Two discoveries I’d have never made on my own.

As for the remainder of the box, I’ll try a few other things, and give away the products I can’t use myself to friends.

The HEED? I’ll give some of that to an enemy.

If you’d like to try Kona Kase for yourself, you’re in luck! Go here to enter for a chance to win your own!


  1. this box looks awesome! I am always up for trying new stuff like that

  2. That does look like quite the variaty of awesome things to try. Boo for not being able to try but a third though. I hope the diet situation gets least a little bit!

  3. I was thinking of trying shot blocks at some point - there are loads of other things in there that I'd absolutely love (Picky Bars in particular). Shame there isn't a UK equivalent of these boxes.

    Taking just bites here and there sounds like torture (not half as bad as hard boiled egg whites though!) I really hope this diet is worth it and yields some results: Lord knows you deserve them!

  4. HEAVE!!! ugh. I can't believe anyone likes that shit.

  5. I have a giant container of Heed for winning the novice group at Kinetic. Haven't tried it yet. And Kari just gave me a picky bar, so I'm saving it for a special occasion.

  6. TOTALLY AGREE. Heed is vomitous.

  7. Wahey, I found you!! Are the Mojo bars in the "can eat" pile? Because those are gooooooood. Salty sweet deliciousness!

    P.S. I've already eaten the fresco chocolate, have the Recchiuti, and a Sticky Fingers brownie. I feel slightly ill (again).

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