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!!!
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