Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Going Natural With Cerasport...

I've always been a big fan of keeping it simple, keeping it natural, pure. In fact, my first 2 Ironmans I used grape juice and sea salt in my water bottles! Those were my best two Ironmans. From there I tried to spice it up and filled the water bottles with anything and everything in search of something that was easy on my stomach.

Unfortunately I do not have one of those stomachs that can handle anything-I've tried. At Ironman KY I jumped off the bike first only to spend 26.2 miles puking up all sorts of things that I thought were working because I was taking them in okay on the bike. It wasn't pretty or fun.

Poor coach, he was so frustrated with me for that one. For trying something new on race day. It's just that I wanted to get nutrition right. For IM FL I went back to the basics, sea salt and organic juice. That was good enough for my first pro slot to Kona. Yet, it was a LONG 26.2 miles on low fuel. Poor coach again. I tried to tell him I just like what I like...I just needed to find a way to get more of it...

To say race nutrition and me have had our frustrations would be an understatement. I'm the kind of girl who takes home made bars and dehydrated fruits on her long rides. The only problem is on race day I don't do that because I need things fast acting and not a bunch of little bags and containers and this and that all over my bike and shoved in my sports bra running.

Then we did that sweat test in Canada and I found out I sweat a lot, not to mention I live on an island where the temperature ranges from hot to hotter...oh boy. In my quest to find something I had help. The manager (Travis), did a lot of research, knew of my struggles, knew of my needs, and reached out to Cerasport, a company he found that looked like something along my "all natural" wants/needs for racing. So he sent me a bunch of samples. Needless to say I called him back and said, "You did it, you found the missing piece!".

Cerasport is rice based, the sugars come from the rice-not simple sugars like glucose, fructose, and all the other toses. It is also fully loaded with electrolytes! PERFECT! I'm not done yet... their vision is "To save lives". No joke, they are honestly that passionate about the quality of life humans lead that the mission to start was never to become a "sports drink" but to actually find a way to create something that helps hydrate, recover, and keep the human body functioning at it's best. They also created it to help kids losing hydration through diarrhea (gross, I know, but as a mom I appreciate that sort of thing). They have health professionals advancing this with the goal to keep humans out of hospitals!

I'm so stoked to have found something that I love and trust. It's just so simple. Even taking the little packets on long rides and runs is simple, from there all I have to do is add it to some water wherever I refill my bottles. Honestly, I credit a lot of finally having a decent run off the bike in Vancouver (the 1:22 half marathon), to finally finding something that I can run on-CLEAN FUEL. Big shout out to Travis for finding Cerasport and even BIGGER mahalo to Cerasport for the support!

If you want to try Cerasport contact them here: Cerasport, I'm pretty sure you'll like it...

As for training... yeah, coach is crazy! Bike intervals, run off the bike, and swim, not my usual Kona swim, I had to get in early and stay in later, but I loved it and being back with Kona Aquatics never felt so good! Tomorrow is a long day, we are leaving at 6am if you live in Kona and want to join us!!!

Happy Training...



Blogger Sherry said...

That is simply awesome, Bree! Cerasport is a line that I've been eyeballing as well. I take it ALL of my nutrition in liquid form (also a SUPER sweater) and when you're doing that it's SO important to find that ONE that covers everything... soup to nuts... palatability is a HUGE thing for me as well. Seems like I have very picky tastebuds.

Definitely looking forward to reading your updates on how Cerasport is working for you. :o)

July 22, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I like to keep eating simple, too. Maybe I don't get enough to eat, as recently I haven't bothered to eat anything until after my swim. How's the preparation for Kona coming? Macca just wrote that he was starting the final 12-week build-up for the race. I hope he does well, and I hope you do well, too. I am a bit bogged down in work these days and not very focused on training. College is costly especially when both kids start at the same time, like in a matter of weeks. Glad at least we took care of our housing issues the year before last, otherwise we probably wouldn't be able to think of moving now. Certainly I couldn't both rent in Kona and send the kids to university. Best.

July 23, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Blogger D10 said...

Thanks for sharing. I think nailing down nutrition is so important, yet so hard to figure out. I am going to check Ceraport out, since I struggle with race day nutrition.

July 23, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Travis ROCKS ;) I hope Cerasport does the trick and no more puking!!! Hugs....

July 23, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

I'm so glad you've found something that works for you and is also very convenient to use during a race!
Look out everyone :-)

July 23, 2009 at 2:42 AM

Blogger Trisaratops said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

July 23, 2009 at 3:09 AM

Blogger IronBob said...

HOLY CRAP BATMAN (isn't that what Robin said?).
You mean to say you have been doing what you are doing on natural supplements?

That means you should compare your Ironman times to those who raced 20 years ago, when supplements were in their infancy.

If you find the "magic" supplement that works for you and it keeps electrolytes, protein, carbs, calories, and amino acids in balance, WATCH OUT!!

I hope you just found your "magic"

July 23, 2009 at 3:30 AM

Blogger Yasi said...

Thanks for that tip (and the coconut hair tip too!). I'm definitely going to check it out, I'm a huge fan of things natural, organic, and not processed, right up my alley!

July 23, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Blogger Julia said...

I've been trying very hard to add more simple and pure food into my life; cutting out processed foods as much as I can. I like that their mission is to "save lives". Thankfully, I seem to have a pretty strong gut for now, but then again, I've never done those long and grueling distances like you. I'm glad you found something that works for you!

July 23, 2009 at 5:20 AM

Blogger D said...

This broke ass girl is going to have to stick to bananas and candy for now, but that stuff looks AWESOME!

July 23, 2009 at 6:12 AM

Blogger Coach Liz said...


Thanks for that tip! With my wacky food restrictions I had to depend on just water since everything else is a corn based sweetener or has whey protein in it. I will give Cerasport a look because I can do rice based goodies. Clif Shot Blocks and almonds are my only source of calories on the bike right now. I don't see how that can keep me going for a full IM.

July 23, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Blogger RR said...

Thank you so much for this post! I have a stomach like you and have run many races with nothing but water - stupid i know. I am definitely going to try this! hopefully they deliver to mexico :)

July 23, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Blogger Regina said...

something new to try after race day (b/c I don't want to try anything new ON race I also am a sweaty mama; I went for a short 2+ mile run yesterday morning and was soaked.

thanks for sharing. And thanks for the well wishes on my blog.

July 23, 2009 at 7:39 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

That is just the best news Bree! I love natural foods and all the sugar packed race day stuff does a number on my system too. Thanks for sharing this gem with us!

July 23, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Blogger Oscarjet said...

Hola Bree, te veo muy bien !!
A mi me queda menos de un mes !!! ya tengo todo READY !!!
Este domingo triatlon sprint en Barcelona city !!
Cuando compites???
QUe fotos tan tan tan tan tan increibles !!!!!!!!!!!
Un fuerte abrazo a ti y Kainoa!

July 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Blogger t-odd said...

I am going to check out CeraSport after the GI misery I encountered on my last two races - and just about any running race. Thanks for the info!

July 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Blogger William Ritter said...

my coach brent poulsen is crazy too.

July 23, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Blogger Monica Kvas said...

Thanks for sharing Bree! I've been gluten free for 4 years now and so nutrition has been a huge issue for me as well. I can't wait to try out Cerasport!

July 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Blogger Matthew Scott Austin said...


First, thanks for the tip on hemp protien. Tried it. Lovin' it. Now, I guess I'm going to have to try Cerasport too!

Second, I was wondering if you might be willing to help me encourage my wife, Heidi. She will be doing her first triathlon after coming back from breaking her pelvis in half early this spring in a snowboarding accident (we didn't know if she'd be able to walk, much less swimbikerun). The race is just a small sprint in Pennsylvania, but she is super excited/nervous about racing again. She is a huge fan of yours and I know a good word from you would go a loong way. The race is on August 9th - if you could drop her a shout out around then in your blog...or send her a comment on hers: - anything would be so great. Thanks for the inspiration.


July 26, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Blogger Kim said...

bree, been a long time reader, first time commenter :) so i am giving cerasport a try! as a triathlete with ulcerative colitis, most of the sugary sports drinks makes my tum tum hurt. so i was looking for something new! thanks for the tip!

August 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Blogger run5k10k said...

Thanks for the insite on cerasport. I am training for Ironman Louisville and am afraid of repeating your race last year using Carbo pro. Can I ask you how many gels per hour are you taking with the cerasport? Also, since you are training in hot Hawaii are you using the EX formal? (I live in florida). Thank for any advice you can offer.

August 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

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