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I also just finished IMKY. I tried Shot Blocks. The shape of the package makes them easier to eat, as you can bite off what you want, even if it melts into a solid piece. My problem with Gu Chomps and Shot blocks, over a long race, is that there is so much flavor, they become overly sweet, nauseating, and overwhelming in your mouth. I used powerbar energy blasts. They are similar to shot blocks and Gu Chomps, except that the flavor and texture is more muted and not so overwhelming. I like Shot Blocks for a short race, but would recommend the energy blasts for longer races.
As far as drinking, you need to get used to Ironman Perform. I had a hard time drinking it at first. I had to train with it so I could tolerate it and swallow it without difficulty. It is what they have at all of the stops. It is much more harsh to drink than Gatorade.
Thanks so much for sharing this info!
Moreso, thanks for the encouragement! I really needed it after a brutal 80-10 brick yesterday in 90 degree heat! Made me question EVERYTHING.
I, too, trust in the Lord above and rely on prayer! That and 2 guardian angels (Dad and younder brother) in Heaven get me through everything life throws at me!
2 quick q's-
What gel did you use that you could tolerate that many of?
What kind of bike did you use? road or tri?
i was pleased with my nutrition, especially on the marathon course. Well, firstly, i had it fairly planned what i wanted to do on the bike nutrition wise. okay, after the swim, they say the bike ride becomes a buffet (you eat / drink alot) to help keep energy levels up during the ride, then helps with the marathon. Of course, as soon as i began riding, i lose a water bottle in the road (didn't stop to go get it).... on well, i had 2 more.
Now, here's what i tried for the bike: every 35-40 min an energy gel, and 1 bottle of ironman perform every hour. It went fairly well, but didn't go as well as i liked. I did take in that good ole' cold water the aid stops provided as well, and a banana or 2 for potassium. I sweat alot, so i needed lots of sodium, and potassium. PLUS, i took 3-Meta Salt tablets every hour ( i was good with that ) along with everything else. i believe all that really helped, because i had no issues on the bike. I did pull over twice at different aid stops for about 2-3 minutes tops to refill my bottles, and just rest (however, like i said only 2-3 minutes tops)... i believe that helped as well. I did feel the energy the gels provided. the cold water did help as well. Like i said, i tried to make sure i had a bottle of ironman perform drank after every hour (provides 475 mg of sodium). I ate my banana about 3:30 to 4-hours into the bike (provided about 475 of potassium). that potassium, along with ironman perform, meta salt tablets, provided what my body needed, so i wouldn't have muscle pulls, or dehydration......and i didn't :-)
Marathon...... firstly, i was sorta happy to be done with the bike (being honest), and was ready to run... I came out of T2 running and felt great. As soon as i was ready to head out, as you know, they had ice water and perform as you were heading out of T2. I got both, and it was wonderful tasting " i think that boosted me as well ". My goal on the marathon course: every aid station to intake ironman perform, and every 2-3 miles take a gel. Stayed on track pretty much with that (that is what i did while training). Now, i also decided to intake the ice water (to help cool inside body - which it did) at several of the aid stops. When i found out they had cold coke - well, i took that in as well (tasted so good). Probably why i had to make 2 pit stops the entire marathon course - which added 14-15 minutes on to my time.... Oh well !!
here is something that helped me on the marathon course: after each visit to the aid stop(s), i always planned what i was going to have when i get to the next aid stops. Always keep you head up during the marathon " Always !! " .. i did , and that helped as well. i only "ONLY" walked during the aid stations - because i couldn't drink out of those cups without it spilling. By the end of the aid station....... i began running again (everytime) !! alot of folks walked, and there is nothing wrong with that - i just wanted to run. Felt good !! of course, my newbie mistake, was that i bought new running shoes 3-weeks before Ironman. my old ones had bit the dust.... My new shoes, gave my a couple of blisters, and slowed me down alot....they began around mile 7, however, i beat em' :) for the next 19 miles. I NEVER did stop on the Ironman course itself while running. Only at the aid stations ( had to ), and the 2 pit stops.. I felt real Successful on the marathon course. I learned so much not only in training, but in the actual race itself. This may sound crazy, however, the ironman was fun to me. challenging and tough, but fun !! I really enjoyed doing it !! I am glad that everything worked out good for me. My wife said she was so surprised at how well i did and looked as i came across the finish line. She said, there were alot of folks that had to be seated in wheelchairs, and also be caught. I came across walking, and felt like i could run another mile. Of course, am finally over soreness, and blister under left big toe is almost all the way gone. I think i am going to run tomorrow (friday) for a few miles. I am so ready to get right back. I think i have the " Ironman Bug " !!
Oh one other thing......... i said a very good prayer and talked to Jesus along the way, and that helped me ALOT !!! my parents are in heaven, and i know they helped me along the way as well.
Chris !! - have faith and belief in yourself Sir !! I did !! I never lost any faith/belief in myself...... I knew i was going to make it !! It was fun, however, i meant business as well !!
well sir !! i hope this sorta helped !! Hope i didn't rattle on, and made some sense to ya. Just plan everything out (per min intake, per hour intake, etc.) Really get to know your body as best as you can. I know that really helped me. NEVER NEVER have any doubt in yourself and your ability...YOU WILL win at IRONMAN !! YOU WILL come across that finish line with smiles, and arm(s) raised in triumph !! remember: you get the BRAGGING RIGHTS also.
take care sir and best of luck !!
ps... keep me informed !! Love to hear about your experience(s), and if you have more questions, I'd love to try and help.
Would you mind sharing what your nutrition/hydration plan was?
It sounds like that makes or breaks the experience.
You obviously had it dialed in!
You will do great in KONA :-) what ironman don't long to get into Hawaii Ironman ;-) Just pace yourself and you will do fine. I did that last Sunday in Ironman Louisville, and finished in 14:15 and came across feeling SUPER !! no issues at all throughout entire 140.6, and it was my first ever ironman..... I play on doing more in the future also ... OMG - i have the bug :) :) I will also, put in for the lottery for KONA. Hope i am as fortunate as you are. Like i said, you will do WONDERFUL.......!! you put in the training,,,, YOU are ready !! Prayers also, helped me to succeed greatly !! ~~say em' and reap the rewards ;-) ~~
Best of luck in KONA....... be sure and let us " iamTri's " know how you do !!
Mike ( Ironman Louisville 2011 FINISHER )
First IM will be in KONA a little intimidating!
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