I have found the SIS gels the easiest to take because they are a bit runnier than other brands and you don't have to take them with water (although I do this anyway). I hate the flavour of the caffeine one - it's called 'Berry' but you can taste the caffeine (think along the lines of the taste of red bull). Again - a personal thing.
Definitely recommend you try it though. Let us know how you get on! Phew so much to think about! Fuelling is a minefield all on its own!
There's a very good interview in this podcast about caffeine and marathoning:
+1 on what Cougie said, if you take them when you are tiring its too late. Try and keep yourself topped up.
I was given a couple of zipvit energy gel samples from my bike shop and i too think they are really thick and disgusting. I use torq gels now. they are an incredible booster. i like the rhubarb and custard flavour (non caffeine) then for the boost for the last really stingy bits of the 26.2 i use the banoffe (with caffeine). They are runnier than most so dont make me gag and they taste incredible!!!
I hadnt thought of backing off of caffeine so I get a bigger hit in the race!!! Will totally be taking that piece of advice on!
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