Review and GIVEAWAY: Roctane Drink and Shades!

>> Monday, February 13, 2012

I've never officially "reviewed" the new Gu Roctane Ultra Endurance Drink yet, so I'll do that before this giveaway. I was sent one of the first batches of Roctane Drink about 2 months ago before it was even on the market:



Since then, they've "prettied it up" a bit:



I've used about half my tub already. I've used it on hard workouts, long workouts, and before races. Here's a photo from when it took some to the track to do 800 intervals in December:



And here's some sitting in my bottle just 2 weeks ago before the Securian Run Half Marathon:



Here's my 2 cents:

All I've had is the Tropical Fruit flavor. I tend to NOT like "tropical" flavors or "fruit punch" flavors, but this is a bit more subtle and delicious. Really. It tastes good!

It mixes REALLY easy - easier than gatorade. I put 2 scoops in a bottle, give it 2 shakes, and it's good. No clumps what-so-ever.

I've used it on my longest run of the winter (my 14.3 miler with Henry), and it really kept me going. NO upset stomach. NO bonk. And I had NO gels or other food during that run - just sips on my Roctane Drink sitting in the bottle holder of Henry's jogging stroller.

It's great to have enough faith in a product to use it during a workout, but I've also used this before my last 2 races: the Securian Run Half Marathon (where I ran a 1:25 half), and the Meet of the Miles (where I ran a 4:53 mile on a 200 meter track). If it works in races, then it MUST be good stuff.

MY BOTTOM LINE:

Roctane Ultra Endurance Drink has become my new "go to" drink for hard or long workouts and races. It gives me the boost I need. It doesn't upset my stomach. It's helped push me to 2 speedy finishes in recent races. I don't need to eat much else while sipping on it during longer workouts. And it tastes good. What more can I say?


ON TO THE GIVEAWAY....

I usually don't MAKE you do anything other than comment, and you can usually "earn" extra entries by doing more. Well, I'm changing it up this time. This time, you have to have a Facebook Account to participate.

..... What? You don't have Facebook?....



Oh I'm kidding!!!

Sort of....

In this giveaway, there will be 2 winners: 1 man and 1 woman. You must be from the US or Canada because that's where these folks can send their goodies.

ONE WOMAN CAN WIN THIS:


5 individual packets of GU's Lemon Lime Roctane Drink


1 pair of Ryders "Hex" shades

Here's a bit about the HEX shades:

Hex - a lightweight blade with high airflow designed for female athletes and made for speed. Features nose pads and temple tips. Weight, 26g. Lenses feature; polycarbonate (making them resistant to rocks, high impact), UV protection, shatterproof, optically correct, scratch resistant coating. Frames feature; TR90 Switzerland material (flexibility, durability, lightweight).


ONE MAN CAN WIN THIS:


5 individual packets of GU's Lemon Lime Roctane Drink


1 pair of Ryders "Vela" shades

Here's a bit about the VELA shades:

Vela - lightweight with co-injected temples for extreme flexibility and comfort. Adjustable nose pads provide for a custom fit. Features nose pads and temple tips. Weight, 24g. Lenses feature; polycarbonate (making them resistant to rocks, high impact), UV protection, shatterproof, optically correct, scratch resistant coating. Frames feature; TR90 Switzerland material (flexibility, durability, lightweight).

For the record, I have a number of Ryders shades. I didn't have to wear sunglasses much last year at the races (because it was a pretty gloomy year), but here's a photo of me from the year before on my way to a 17:11 5K PR in my Ryder DRILLS:




Here's what you have to do to enter:

Step 1: Show your love to these 2 great companies by "liking" them on Facebook. Head over to GU Energy Labs and Ryders Eyewear on Facebook and give them a "like." They post good stuff - you won't be disappointed. (It still counts if you already "like" them.)

Step 2: Comment on this post to enter. Yep. That's easy.

Step 3: (optional) If you'd like to earn an extra entry, send out this tweet:

Check out the @GUEnergyLabs and @RydersEyewear giveaway on @SteveinaSpeedo's blog: http://iwannagetphysical.blogspot.com/

If you send out that tweet, make sure to leave a note in your comment that you did so I give you TWO entries into the giveaway.

Pseudo-legal stuff:
- Contest only open to residents of the US and Canada. Sorry Egypt.
- You may comment now (on THIS post) through 6 pm Central time on Sat, Feb 18th.
- The winners will be chosen at random by a random number generator or by drawing numbers out of a hat. If you’ve earned multiple entries, you will get multiple numbers assigned to your name, thus bettering your chances at winning.
- Early next week (Feb 20 or 21) to see if you won! (Especially if you don’t have a blogger account because I have no way of contacting you.)
- If I can't get in touch with the winner(s) within 2-3 days, I'll choose a new winner(s). So check back!
-As with all of my reviews/giveaways, Gu and Ryders have not asked me for a favorable review. All these opinions are mine, and have not been swayed by these great companies.


Big thanks to GU Energy Labs and Ryders Eyewear for the giveaway!!


Ryders "Vela"


Ryders "Hex"


Gu "Roctane Drink" Individual Packets

So comment NOW! Right here on THIS POST! Thanks everyone!

123 comments:

Just Jen 6:54 AM, February 13, 2012  

I have liked GU and Ryder on FB already

Erin 7:07 AM, February 13, 2012  

Put me in for two entries (Facebook and Twitter). Thanks, Steve!

Carla Runs The World 7:10 AM, February 13, 2012  

Done the FB thing, now pick me for those cool pink sunglasses! Pretty please!

Greg 7:18 AM, February 13, 2012  

Please put me in for two entries (Facebook and Twitter).

Thanks, Steve!

Laura (LunaChickRuns) 7:19 AM, February 13, 2012  

Done and done. I love those pink shades!!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman 7:21 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked both GU & Ryders on FB as well as sent out the tweet (@becomeanironman).

I'm quite curious about the GU Roctane drink. I've been quite attached to my Gatorade Endurance.

D.R. 7:24 AM, February 13, 2012  

I just liked both Gu and Ryders on facebook, and just tweeted about it (as s_cita)!

Evan Roberts 7:30 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked them both on facebook, and now a comment. Happy Monday!

kristen 7:41 AM, February 13, 2012  

I like them both on Facebook. And I sent out the tweet.

And I desperately need some new running sunglasses. I am struggling with glasses fogging and icing up on my winter runs and it is driving me crazy.

Debbie 7:52 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked Gu and Ryder on Facebook, and I sent out the tweet. And I look good in pink sunglasses. :)

Aaron 7:57 AM, February 13, 2012  

Nice review! Think I'll give Roctane a try in my fuel lineup.

Amy H,  8:01 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked 'em both on FB. The pink glasses are cute!

Robyn 8:19 AM, February 13, 2012  

Two entries for me, please -- likes on FB and tweeted.

I have used the regular Gu gels but not Roctane. Might try it out next month at the 100% Irish For A Day 10-miler!

Kevin 8:22 AM, February 13, 2012  

I am in for two entries

Thanks

My Boring Triathlon Blog 8:27 AM, February 13, 2012  

i must be the only person in the world that doesn't have a facebook account.

Jeremy Reichenberger 8:30 AM, February 13, 2012  

Sounds like some good stuff - haven't done anything besides gatorade so I'm interested. Also, been thinking about getting myself a pair of running shades.

Entered on Facebook and Twitter, thanks Steve!

TiGi 8:30 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked 'em on FB. Count me in!

Chu 8:36 AM, February 13, 2012  

I dig the purple shades

Tweet'd as well@

Mike Osborne 8:36 AM, February 13, 2012  

I have completed both tasks... Great review btw.

Mike

Tiffany Mattes 8:48 AM, February 13, 2012  

Dear Tutti Fruiti and Bowl of Sunshine Gods, please help me win this!! I never win anything

Also tweeted, so add another entry please!!

cjc0704 8:52 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked both on facebook! Been looking for a new drink to try!

Jennifer 8:53 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked both on facebook and tweeted!

Casey 9:13 AM, February 13, 2012  

A dude, that digs purple glasses, but could swing towards the black ones. Rock on. One entry for me.....invisible person with no FB.

OzarkTri 9:25 AM, February 13, 2012  

Thanks GU & Ryders for the giveaway and thank you Steve for taking the time/effort to keep up with this A+ blog.

Two entries please, I tweeted my ass off.

hammer mama 9:25 AM, February 13, 2012  

tweeted and a fan on facebook. love the Gu and can't beat the value of the Ryders.

amjeso 9:26 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked Gu & Ryder on Facebook, and I sent out the Tweet. :)

Pamela 9:28 AM, February 13, 2012  

Done, done, done and done. Liked x2, tweeted and commented.

Thanks!

BrittanyHott 9:31 AM, February 13, 2012  

Pick me! Pick me! Just broke my last pair of cheap running shades. (2 entries facebook and blog comment)

Brittany

Katie 9:41 AM, February 13, 2012  

I've liked them both on facebook and I'm commenting...so two for me! :)

Alexa 9:41 AM, February 13, 2012  

I need those hot pink sun glasses to look super fab for my spring races!

Katie 9:41 AM, February 13, 2012  

I've liked them both on facebook and I'm commenting...so two for me! :)

Erika 9:54 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked both on FB and retweeted!!

Tap 10:06 AM, February 13, 2012  

i liked them both! i need some new shades and energy drink. thanks!

Holly 10:07 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked them both and I tweeted as well! Love the color of the shades!

Anonymous,  10:13 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked them both! Count me in please. Susan in Shoreview

Ms. R 10:22 AM, February 13, 2012  

I want an entry! Oh and I tweeted you too!

Ms. R 10:22 AM, February 13, 2012  

I want an entry! Oh and I tweeted you too!

Kristen Shadburn 10:38 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked them both on FB and re-tweeted.

Needlerunning 10:44 AM, February 13, 2012  

I like both on Facebook. About the only use I have for FB lately.

kstone23 10:54 AM, February 13, 2012  

I'm surprised I didn't like gu already. But, I've liked them both now! Thanks!

Nicole 11:09 AM, February 13, 2012  

Ran a bit of a disappointing half yesterday...could use a bit of a boost for the next one!

bethtrue 11:13 AM, February 13, 2012  

I liked them both on FB; thanks for the opportunity to win! Would love to try the Roctane and win the cool pink shades!

R. Abney 11:17 AM, February 13, 2012  

I'm in for two, FB and Twitter!

Gaye 11:18 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked and tweeted, two entries, please! :-)

Kristin,  11:24 AM, February 13, 2012  

Me me me! (just one entry for commenting) =)

BriTriGuy 11:40 AM, February 13, 2012  

Liked and Tweeted...funny, I just asked Frayedlaces if she has any problems mixing multiple servings as I'd like to try ultra endurance. I guess your post answers that question.

giraffy 11:41 AM, February 13, 2012  

I like them both on FB already. Tweeted.

Jen Small 11:50 AM, February 13, 2012  

I already like them on FB :)
yay!!

and I tweeted @milesmusclesmom

that is 2,222 entries please.

oh wait.

only two.

Jen Small 11:50 AM, February 13, 2012  

I already like them on FB :)
yay!!

and I tweeted @milesmusclesmom

that is 2,222 entries please.

oh wait.

only two.

Monica 11:54 AM, February 13, 2012  

Put me down for two entries (FB & Twitter) Thanks!!

Ann 12:09 PM, February 13, 2012  

i liked them both and want to WIN

Jason 12:21 PM, February 13, 2012  

I liked Gu and Ryders and also tweeted. Count me in for 2 entries! Thanks!

Penny 12:23 PM, February 13, 2012  

I like Gu and Ryder Sunglasses on fb. Love those pink shades

Bern 12:27 PM, February 13, 2012  

Great giveaway! Put me down for two entries (FB & Twitter).

Unknown 12:44 PM, February 13, 2012  

Great post! Please put me down for 2 entries (twitter - davidgarthe).

Thanks!

Kevin 12:57 PM, February 13, 2012  

Great post! Please put me down for 2 entries (twitter - kkeevvN).

Thanks!

Kris 1:15 PM, February 13, 2012  

I'm already showing these guys some FB love! Thx.

longrun4fun 1:35 PM, February 13, 2012  

Put me in for two entries. Ready to look as cool as Steve.

Chris 1:51 PM, February 13, 2012  

FB love complete. Thanks for the entry!

Tri Girl Tri! 2:13 PM, February 13, 2012  

I now like both GU and Ryders on FB.

Justin 2:42 PM, February 13, 2012  

Winner winner chicken dinner

Amy 3:02 PM, February 13, 2012  

I've Liked both companies and here's your comment. Amy M from Madison.

Anonymous,  3:36 PM, February 13, 2012  

Please put me in for two entries, one for FB and one for 'the Twitter'. Thanks! Melanie P. in PA

M 3:51 PM, February 13, 2012  

Put me in for one entry! i already LIKE both companies on the Facingbook, but I don't do no tweets. Thanks so much!

NateEklund 4:13 PM, February 13, 2012  

Having done all that you asked, I'm in for an entry. And I would look very, very fast in those glasses.

Brent 4:57 PM, February 13, 2012  

Thanks for the contest Steve!

Brent

transtri 5:28 PM, February 13, 2012  

Not entering (because I'm an Aussie) but I am one of those people who don't have Facebook *blushes*.

Great to read your review. If the product is available in Oz I'll give it a try.

Rachel Elizabeth 6:33 PM, February 13, 2012  

I'm completely facebooked and i tweeted for you! I pretty much only have twitter for these contests, lol.

The Triathlon Rx 7:08 PM, February 13, 2012  

Like, like, tweeeet! Two entries for me please!

Michael 7:47 PM, February 13, 2012  

Send me some Roctane and Ryders-Awesomeness! I also tweeted so give me a second entry please!

Mark 7:50 PM, February 13, 2012  

Liked on FB, tweeted, and post! On the off chance of winning, thanks fo da stuff!

spartygrl13 7:56 PM, February 13, 2012  

I liked GU and Ryder, AND tweeted!! 2 for me!!

KJR 8:09 PM, February 13, 2012  

I like me some sticky/gu covered ryders! Count me in for two entries, I posted on twitter too!

bobbi 8:36 PM, February 13, 2012  

I already like gu and ryder on fb!

marplemk1 8:47 PM, February 13, 2012  

Two guys walk into a bar - the 3rd guy ducks. I was that 3rd guy who was liking GU on FB - put me in for one entry!

Manda Bob 9:56 PM, February 13, 2012  

I need new glasses because I donated mine to a three legged dog, so I really deserve them. And the GU will help me run with underprivileged greyhounds.

Joel 10:01 PM, February 13, 2012  

If only everything was this easy.

7 Eights Sane 10:42 PM, February 13, 2012  

Put me down for two entries, Facebook and Twitter. Bring on the GU!

Roy g,  11:00 PM, February 13, 2012  

One please - I'm ready to try some new go juice!!

Deb from ia,  11:01 PM, February 13, 2012  

One please - pink shades rock!!!

Anonymous,  6:28 AM, February 14, 2012  

Steve,
Please put me in for one entry.
Thanks
Clinton from NC

Anonymous,  7:43 AM, February 14, 2012  

Roctane and Ryders! Unbeatable combo!

BDube

bectom1 7:59 AM, February 14, 2012  

Please put me in for two enteries. One for twitter and one for the facebook stuff. I think I earned a third entry for watching your Valentine's day present to your wife :) Super cute kid! Almost makes me want to have another one :)

hi 9:09 AM, February 14, 2012  

Those shades are pretty sweet.

Leigh 11:04 AM, February 14, 2012  

Count me in- would love to try this product! Going to tweet about it now!

rdaley 11:29 AM, February 14, 2012  

I like Ryders on facebook

rdaley 11:30 AM, February 14, 2012  

Please oh please let me win!!

Nathaniel 12:49 PM, February 14, 2012  

Please put me in for two entries Please. I already like both of them on Facebook and I also Tweeted.

Thanks, Steve!
You the best!!

George_Fulp 2:14 PM, February 14, 2012  

Wow, those glasses would look sweet at the next Grand Prix race

Shelly 2:48 PM, February 14, 2012  

These two items would make me run really fast. Right? Thanks for the contest and I tweeted about it. Like them both on FB.

Marcus Grimm 3:31 PM, February 14, 2012  

I have liked them.
I have Tweeted this (@marcusgrimm).
I AM ELIGIBLE for the riches! Yay me!

Perry Ligon 6:28 PM, February 14, 2012  

Cool glasses! Love Roctane! I Liked 'em on FB as Perry Ligon & I Tweeted as @perry_ligon! Thanks for the great giveaway!

John 7:03 PM, February 14, 2012  

One entry for me

Thanks

Jackie 8:14 PM, February 14, 2012  

like x 2. Like those pink shades a lot!

Lisa-W 1:43 AM, February 15, 2012  

Liked 'em both on FB. Those pink shades are da bomb!

Christine 6:44 AM, February 15, 2012  

I liked on facebook, now GIVE ME PINK SUNGLASSES!!!

Christine 6:45 AM, February 15, 2012  

I tweeted, now GIVE ME SOME ROCTANE!!!

(pretty please)

kelands 9:28 AM, February 15, 2012  

I liked the sponsors on facebook. You had me sold on mild flavor- would love to test it out!

b.awesome 11:39 AM, February 15, 2012  

I liked them both on facebook. I think the pink shades would be super awesome!

Brian in Little Rock 7:35 PM, February 15, 2012  

Both pages "liked" and tweet sent. Brian in Little Rock.

Cyborg Queen 11:59 PM, February 15, 2012  

Dude, I'll look SWEET in those PINK Ryder sunglasses AND it would be SWEET to get some Gu Roctane Mix!!

Darlene 9:12 AM, February 16, 2012  

I have liked GU and Ryder on FB already.

Darlene 9:13 AM, February 16, 2012  

I posted your giveaway on my blog too.

Erin 9:51 AM, February 16, 2012  

3 entries - facebook, blog, and twitter

Chad 2:17 PM, February 16, 2012  

Both Liked on FB. Great Giveaways!

Sean 5:21 PM, February 17, 2012  

Put me down for one entry for the sunglasses.

Trish 10:10 PM, February 17, 2012  

I already like them both on FB! Love those pink glasses :)

Pinkcorker (Renee) 8:14 AM, February 18, 2012  

I 'liked' them on FB. Put me in for the giveaway! Thanks Steve.

AJ 9:52 AM, February 18, 2012  

I liked these great products on facebook. Thanks for the fun contests!

Anonymous,  5:32 PM, February 18, 2012  

Liked them both, Darren in Hilton Head would like an entry please!
thx.

Ali Mc 8:51 AM, May 10, 2012  

I already liked both pages - I NEED sunglasses! also sweet PR :) thats fast!

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