Part of proper event preparation includes everything ingested on race day. Staying hydrated with enough calories ready to burn is essential to good performance. Many reach for the liquid turbo, the high test, the bitter bean, or even Coke straight up. First Endurance's PreRace replaces all those cross-purposed fluids with an athlete-specific formula that does more than serve as a caffeine delivery system.

Caffeine, 200mg worth, is the basis for the powder. It is a building block upon which Western Civilization got its mojo, went aggressive and industrial. 200mg is approximately two cups of joe or two 20-ounce sodas. PreRace is also heavy on Taurine, to the tune of 3000mg. Taurine, a neuroinhibitory transmitter, is found in Red Bull, and has been shown to reduce muscle damage. Citrulline Malate, in PreRace to the tune of 500mg, has been shown to stimulate nitric oxide, remove toxins, and reduce lactic acid and ammonia.

The result of all these ingredients is a seriously boosted caffeine. The caffeine is more than enough to be noticed by the body, and the other ingredients improve nutrient absorption and further focus, which ultimately means the body on PreRace is working faster with less effort and keeping going despite the adverse physical reactions that happen with a hard effort.

PreRace is a powder that can be mixed into any existing energy drink and consumed 30-45 minutes before the event. Water isn't recommended because of the bitter taste of the ingredients, and because liquid calories will both help calm the stomach and encourage the finishing of the beverage.

While most athletes will be more than topped off with a single serving before an event, ultra-distance athletes, like double-century riders and Ironmen might consider taking a second or third dose evenly spaced out over the course of the event.

There are twenty 1.5-teaspoon servings in the 88g tub. A serving equals one scoop. It is recommended to start with a half-serving to make sure there are no adverse reactions to the mix.

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4 5

GET PSYCHED!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First experience with a pre-race supplement of this caliber. And "Great Odin's Raven" does this have a kick!

One scoop of this before a crit or road race and I am absolutely wired.....a little too wired. After a bad experience with the first go with this (full scoop, too much energy, stomach ache), I went to a 1/2 scoop and found a more suitable kick to the pants.

Really makes you hyper aware in the Peloton. Seems to last for a bout 2 hours so it's a good go to pre-race for crit racing but for road racing I just don't think it's needed.

Still not sure how I feel about this product. Need to do some more testing and come back with some more insights.

Key take aways for now have been:
1. Watch your dosage (start with a 1/2 scoop)
2. Be ready to be outrageously energetic for about 2 hours.
3. Go faster. It does work

4 5

Bath Salts?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first time I used Pre Race about 30 min after taking it I questioned it's legality. It's really that strong? which is a good thing, because after tasting something this bad it better work! I've tried mixing it in all sorts of different concoctions but nothing seems to mask the taste. I'd be interested to see how the Pre Race Pills work.

For a racing situation I doubt that anything that isn't illegal could give you more of a boost coming off the line. I do seem to notice that my HR for rate of perceived exertion is a bit higher than normal though, but I imagine it's because all the stimulants pumping through your veins. Bottom line, when I'm racing I'm mixing up some go fast juice before the start.

First Endurance PreRace benefits.

Robert Kunz from First Endurance talks about the benefits of PreRace.

4 5

Strong, use in moderation

Careful with this stuff, it's powerful! If you take it for a night race you probably won't sleep well.

5 5

Kick!

I use this product before every time trail and crit race. Really gives you a kick. It replaces my espresso before a race. You can't go wrong with this!