Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or new to the 140.6 scene, nailing your IRONMAN bike fueling/hydration plan can be tricky, with a lot riding on getting it right. With the numerous sports nutrition products on the market today, figuring out how to fuel for 5-7 hours can be daunting, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one athlete doesn’t necessarily work for another, and no matter how appealing it might sound, the “rolling buffet” approach—eating and drinking everything in sight along the race route—will do more harm than good.
Congratulations, you’re headed to Kona! Whether it’s your first time racing on the Big Island or your tenth, you need to be prepared for what Mother Nature serves up. Ironman athletes racing in Kona are not new to the sport but may be surprised by how the Big Island winds, heat, and humidity can make a tough day even tougher! Read on for my top hydration and electrolyte tips for hot races. [Read more…]
After a long successful race season, most athletes welcome the offseason as a time to rest and recover. With structured training sessions in our rearview mirror it becomes more difficult to navigate the post race season eating with less training structure. As volume and intensity decrease along with a slacker diet, weight gain becomes inevitable. And, to a point this is okay as the psychological break from being “on” all the time is a welcome change – and one we need. The problem comes in when weight gain gets out of hand.
IRONMAN athletes are a unique breed: we’re goal-driven, type-A, and competitive, and we design detailed race and fueling plans to be prepared for any scenario that race day might toss our way. But no matter how prepared we are, there’s one element of nutrition plan that can’t be forgotten: sodium. Whether you’ve got Kona or another humid race on the calendar, take the time now to map out a sodium plan so you can not only avoid a trip to the medical tent, but perform your best.