They go in your mouth, not in your bottle!
By Steve Born
After the last two events I've been to - the HITS Triathlon Napa and Sea Otter Classic - by far the question most frequently asked by people sampling Hammer Nutrition products at our booth is in regard to Perpetuem Solids: "Do these go in your water bottle?"
And it's a valid question to ask. However, just to make sure that readers of Endurance News know this (and if you could share this information with your friends, we'd be most appreciative!), Perpetuem Solids DO NOT go into your water/fuel bottle; they are a chewable energy source. If you put a Perpetuem Solids tablet into a bottle of water, you're going to have to wait a long, long time before it dissolves. So remember, Perpetuem Solids are to be chewed, not dropped into your water bottle. (That's what you do with Endurolytes Fizz!)
So how do I use Perpetuem Solids?
While Perpetuem Solids can be used as your sole source of calories, they're really meant to be a part-time, solid-food source of calories, designed primarily to augment your use of the Hammer Nutrition liquid fuels, helping you reach your targeted hourly caloric total during exercise/competition, especially during those lasting more than two hours. Each tablet contains 33.3 calories, or roughly 1/4 scoop of Perpetuem powder. If you're a larger athlete, such as I am, you'd have to chew quite a few tablets to fulfill your hourly caloric needs using Perpetuem Solids only. I don't know about you, but my jaw would be worn out after chewing six or more of them every hour! So my advice is to use Perpetuem Solids as a solid food "diversion" - a healthy snack, of sorts - when going all-liquid during your long workouts and races.
The best way to deal with the tablet size is to not chew and swallow the entire tablet at once. Instead, put the tablet in your mouth in between your cheek and gum, and then break it into smaller chunks; you'll find that doing this is almost effortless. Once chewed, the tablet will - at least to some degree - create a semi-paste-like consistency, some of which may stick to your teeth (think of it as being a little food for later!). Seriously, this is something that, all things considered, we believe is a minor inconvenience, especially compared to gelatinous chew/cube energy products, that are loaded with refined sugar.
Like any solid food source, you will need to wash Perpetuem Solids down with water or liquid fuel from your hydration source. Some athletes have commented that they've found them to be a bit hard to get down; however, the overwhelming response we've received from athletes who have used Perpetuem Solids is that this is not a significant issue at all. The key is to consume them during periods of reduced intensity (not in the middle of a tough climb or during a sprint!) and, as mentioned earlier, to eat them gradually - chipping away at them, not trying to consuming the entire tablet at one time.
Although Perpetuem Solids is quite a departure from our usual lineup of fuels, we think that it definitely deserves a place - and fulfills a need (the need to chew, not constantly drink, your fuel) - in our product line. The longer Perpetuem Solids has been available, the more positive the feedback we're receiving. So if you've not yet tried Perpetuem Solids, you really should. It is a great fuel when used as suggested. Just remember: Don't put them in your water bottles . . . eat them! HN