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SKRATCH LABS UNVIELS NEW EXERCISE HYDRATION MIX, AND MAN IS IT GOOD!

cache_940108872Another blazing hot cyclocross race last weekend called for appropriate hydration.  Skratch Labs hydration mixes have been my go-to for a while now, as I’ve finally found a product that doesn’t “cross-gut” my stomach, and also still tastes good after being boiled in the heat of a three-hour road ride.  I finally snagged some samples of the new Matcha with Lemons exercise hydration mix at Interbike, and now I’m even MORE hooked!

Truth be told, when you open the package and pour it into your bottle, you get a whiff of something similar to cut grass.  Then, it turns your water a cloudy shade of cut grass.  Which would lead any reasonable person to be concerned about what they’re about to drink.  See, I’m not one of those kale/seaweed/beet greens shake kind of person.  I don’t subject my taste buds to suffering in the hopes of getting some nutritional edge.  Just isn’t my jam.  I took a hesitant sip, and was immediately pleasantly surprised.  Lemons!  And so refreshing!  And it has caffeine in it!  Matcha with Lemons has moved right on up to the top step in my Skratch flavor hierarchy.  Allen Lim has done it again.  So do yourself a favor a grab a bag of the Matcha with Lemons.  It was the right amount of caffeine and electrolytes to power me through a 45 minute cyclocross race in 85 degree weather! Oh, and get me on the podium too.

9/22/14