Steve and I had done several 500 miles bike rides together. However, this year he was doing one and I another. I sent him an e-mail about getting nervous because of my lack of training. Almost immediately, he replied, “Ralph, your in luck I have some great stuff that will help you. I’ll send it you. I just wish it tasted better.”
Now Steve is one of those guys that when he tells you he’ll send you something you might as well go out to the mailbox and wait because it is on its way. True to form, a couple of days later there was the package from Steve. Opening the package a hand written note fell on the table. It read, “Not enough time to training? No worries with Espresso Love. Don’t OD on this. Just wish it tasted better.”
Espresso Love is a new flavor of GU. GU, in case you don’t know, is an energy gel sold in small packets. You squeeze the contents of the packet in your mouth, take a couple gulps of water, and you have some good energy for 45 minutes or so. It is widely used by bikers and marathoners. Espresso Love is a new flavor I had yet to try but it sounded promising. It contains twice the amount of caffeine as other GU products. I threw the twelve packs Steve sent in my bike bag.
The ride this day was steep, and long. To make matters worse, it was hot with the temperatures in the high 90’s low 100’s. Suddenly, I remembered Espresso Love. Ripping open a packet and squeezing some into my mouth I - well, I gagged. Steve was right about the taste. It tasted remarkably like stuffing your mouth with a handful of burnt coffee grounds. I tried to kill the taste by putting it on a banana. All that did was ruin a perfectly good banana. I washed it down with some water while telling myself it works so get over the taste.
Several miles down the road, I still had the taste in mouth and was encountering a stiff headwind. Bracing myself, I consumed another packet of Espresso Love. A few moments later, I noticed a steep incline so I consumed yet another packet.
I realized what had happened. I had eaten three packets of Espresso Love within an hour. I did what Steve had warned me about – I overdosed on Espresso Love!
I arrived at that day’s destination. Eventually, the tingling sensation wore off but it was well past midnight before I fell asleep.