It all started at 4:45AM as I headed to Grant Ranch for an early morning swim. My husband had the day off, so I was able to get in a longer swim because I didn't need to rush home so he could go to work. I ended up swimming over 1.5M and I felt great! I don't know the exact distance (do you ever know in open water??) because one of the swim bouys had drifted causing the course to be longer than it normally is. It would have been nice to know the exact distance, but honestly, I was just happy that I swam 1.5+ miles without panicking or freaking out in some way. :)
|My bike loaded up and ready to ride!|
The first hour was great! We headed towards downtown on a bike path and the weather was perfect. But, when we turned around it was basically a LOOONNNGG gradual uphill for the next 2 hours. We gained about 1000 feet within those 2 hours, which started to wear on us after awhile. Plus, the wind started picking up so we had a nice headwind the entire way! Ugh!!
BUT, when we turned around it was ALLLL GOOD! It was downhill, the wind was behind us, and we just flew! It was like we were on a roller coaster! It was soooo much fun and a perfect way to end a long ride.
Onto the Nutrition:
So, how did it go??
I think it went well for the most part. I did NOT end up eating any of the Honey Stinger waffle, so I had roughly 800 cals over the 4 hr. ride (200cals/hr.). During the ride I felt fine, but I also missed chewing on something, if that makes any sense! AND, I kind of felt a little "off" after my ride. I didn't feel like eating anything and actually felt like I could throw-up...yuck! I think it was because 1) I'm not used to just drinking my nutrition, 2) I think doing the EFS drink AND the liquid shot only was too much of the same tastes AND 3) I think I took in too many calories.
Normally, on my long rides, I have 1 bottle of water, 2- 24oz bottles of NUUN water, then a mix of a cut up clif bar (240cals), honey stinger waffle(160cals), and some shot bloks (90cals) that I chose from depending on what I feel like eating. On my last ride, which was 3:30, I think I took in between 160-180cals/hr. and I felt fine and was able to do a 30min. run after without any problems.
So, what do you think? For those of you that have done IMs before, how many cals. did you take in?? I'm 5'4" and weigh anywhere between 115-120, so maybe I just don't need that many cals??
I definitely need to figure out my nutrition for IMAZ and I'm glad I still have 3 1/2 months to do it. I'm doing a Half Ironman in Sept., so I'd like to have my nutrition figured out for that so I can dial it in for IMAZ.
I think for my next long ride I'll try a mix of liquid nutrition and bars/waffles to see how that works. I do have somewhat of a sensitive stomach, so only certain products work for me. I know it's just a matter of trial and error, but I really want to figure it out sooner rather than later, ya know? So, any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!! :)
P.S. I want to give a big shout out to all of you that did IMLP this past weekend!!! WOOHOO!!! I can't wait to read all about your experience!