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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Florida Challenge Aftermath....

Linae from over at
A Most Peculiar Gray

sent me the below in an email regarding my DNF...  and subsequent ponderings in my previous post "hopefully I can learn to swim, hydrate, electrolyte balance, fuel, and pace myself over the next 4 months"

Have you thought about how to work it out? You've already said you prefer to train with very minimal nutrition, however, it didn't work the same way on race day?

I have been thinking about it... here are some of my thoughts...
1. I seem to be fine and dandy on glycogen stores for 4-5 hours (less in the heat)
2. I have gotten quite comfortable training and racing on that since I have mostly done races in that timeframe in the past few years.
3. I am trying to go fast
4. if I keep my heartrate under 125 I can eat pretty much whatever I want.
5. I'm not incredibly speedy at a 125 HR (19mph on the flats on the bike 10 min mile run)

What am I gonna do?
1. Do more 5+ hour training sessions
2. Practice/experiment with nutrition strategies
3. Not let a DNF bother me

Thanks for asking Linae


Wes said...

I will be glad to send you my Ironman nutrition plan in spreadsheet format. You don't have to use it (obviously), but it would give you someplace to start on your own.

Nutrition is the fourth discipline of triathlon. You need to practice every long workout, no exceptions. I can eat half a pig on the run and keep going... throw in some BBQ sauce...

Lesser is More said...

I have a few ideas to kick around in case you haven't considered them. There is no doubt that your training has you in good overall shape. Riding and running long are obviously key to training for long course triathlons.

Was your race day effort consistent (especially on the bike) with how you spent most of your training rides? If not, that is typically a reason why people experience nutritional issues later in races.

If that is the case, spending time (more as you get closer to race day) at near race intensity will allow your body to adapt to that kind of the concept of specificity of training (training how you will race). You would probably benefit from a lot more of this kind of training vs just steady state long rides. You know you can go the distance already. This doesn't mean every ride/run should be race paced, but gradually spending more time at race pace intensity, while practicing fueling enables your body to better handle those conditions. You can add a lot more quality with a 2-3 hr ride with race-specific intensity intervals thrown in to get more out of the ride vs a steady state 4 hour ride.

Not trying to poke holes, but just hoping this brings up a few things you might not have considered.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I been studying nutrtion, for the most part, based on what I have read, the body can only digest 300-400 calories per hour. My opinion thats a starting point and decide, what, when, how you want to take it from there

Anonymous said...

Nutrition is a tough thing. My boyfriend has had super bad GI issues in the last 10 miles of his IMs all of the time.

He's thinking he's eating too much "product" and not enough regular food if that makes sense?

B.o.B. said...

Since I have only completed two Oly's thus far, I got nothing. I am still trying to figure out how to grab water from the folks at the water stations while on the bike. LOL! I do like to suck down some shot bloks during transition though and has helped. But again, I'm a noob, so I'm sure you'll figure out what works best for you.