SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

A Land Flowing with HoneyMilk

I rarely enjoy a sports drink that is made with milk, much less anything that thickens the saliva and tastes like a milkshake at the local Smashburger. Plus, I’m not sure that’s something you’d want to consume before a moment of extreme exertion (i.e. a snowshoe race). But after a race, HoneyMilk is exactly what the race director ordered.

At the recent U.S. National Snowshoe Championship races in Frisco, Colo., several bottles of HoneyMilk were available to the athletes and spectators. The five flavors of HoneyMilk – Coffee, Vanilla, Honey, Chocolate and Strawberry Banana – flowed abundantly.

While it tastes good, HoneyMilk’s core purpose is to provide a significant source of protein, vitamins and nutrients. HoneyMilk is designed to boost an athlete’s performance, increase endurance and allow for a faster recovery after exertion—especially ideal in reducing muscle fatigue.

Best of all, HoneyMilk is made with real milk and honey. It’s completely free of lactose (helpful for digestion), has a low glycemic index, offers a large source of absorbable calcium, and has a taste that is satisfyingly refueling.

I’m no snowshoe racer, but I love snowshoeing.  Day one of the USSSA snowshoe races in Frisco was an intense lineup of competitions – from senior men’s and women’s to a fierce junior competition. All the top athletes descended upon Frisco searching for their moment of glory.

And what was I doing? I was all over the course taking photos and enjoying a bluebird day at the grounds of Summit High School. The Rocky Mountains provided the perfect day for snowshoers to enjoy a single-track combo and some powdery up-hills and down-hills. Before hiking around the course to get some good photos of the racers, I snagged a bottle of coffee-flavored HoneyMilk.

Because I was in the perfect spot for some great shots, I put my bottle of HoneyMilk in the snow. After a couple hours chilling in the powder, I opened a bottle of partially frozen HoneyMilk. An excellent treat!

Day two of the USSSA races was all about the relay. And guess who got recruited to be a member of a senior men’s team? Yours truly strapped on a pair of Dion snowshoes and started prepping for a 2.5 loop.

I handled the third leg of the relay for my three-man team. I quickly realized that snowshoe running takes some patience, something that I have always understood but haven’t experienced for a couple years. For a non-runner, I was able to finish in less than 23 minutes. I was ecstatic with the results.

Luckily, when all was said and done, I had a nice vanilla-flavored HoneyMilk waiting for me… buried in the snow. As HoneyMilk desires for its consumers, I was happy to rebuild, refuel and recover. Not a bad way to end a snowshoe race.

For more information on HoneyMilk, visit http://www.honeymilk.com.

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