You can mix and consume Sustaind Energy three different ways depending on individual preference and logistical concerns. Please experiment with the following options to determine which works best for you.
- The One-Hour Bottle: This method works best in training or racing situations where you have a support crew and vehicle. They can keep your mixed bottles chilled and prepare fresh bottles of fuel along the way. If you’re without a support crew but still want to use this option for mixing, keep in mind that it’s obviously less convenient, as you’ll have to stop more frequently to mix your fuel drink. Also, because you are trying to fulfill both hydration and caloric requirements from one source, you have limited ability to adjust one without affecting the other. Either way, with or without a support crew, to make the one-hour bottle, mix the suggested number of scoops of Perpetuem for your bodyweight in a small (20 ounces) or large (24-28 ounces) water bottle. Consume one bottle hourly.
- The Multi-Hour Bottle: This is by far the most convenient method of fueling because it allows you to be self-contained for many hours, requiring only additional plain water along the way. The only limitation is how many scoops you can fit into a bottle. Determine your proper hourly intake of scoops by experimenting with the numbers from the dosage chart. Let’s say you’ve determined through testing that 1.5 scoops of Sustained Energy per hour is your ideal caloric intake. You need a 6-hour fuel supply. Multiply the number of scoops you need by the hours that you will be exercising (in this case 1.5 scoops x 6 hours) and place in a large bottle with as much water as will fit. You may need to add a few scoops at a time to get it all to mix well. Then "nurse" this bottle, taking small sips every 15-20 minutes. In this concentration, the water in the mixed bottle does not contribute more than a couple of ounces to your hourly fluid intake needs. To meet your fluid requirements, carry a second and possibly even a third bottle of plain water, or use a hydration system, or know where you can refill along your route. Drink according to the temperature/humidity and your exertion level so that you consume in the range of 16-24 ounces of plain water per hour. When using the multi-hour bottle, as long as you can obtain water along the way, you’re set for hours of hard training.
- Gel or Paste: If you want to carry the highest volume of calories in the least amount of space, this is your best option. Sustained Energy can be made into a super-concentrated, near paste-like consistency and dispensed from a small flask. Using a blender or bowl and spoon, mix scoops of powder with a small amount of water, gradually adding water as necessary to create the consistency desired. Depending on how many scoops per hour you have determined you require, and based on how concentrated the mix is, each flask of Sustained Energy can supply you with 2-4 hours of fuel. As with the multi-hour bottle, you must carry additional bottles of plain water or use a hydration system to meet your fluid requirements.