The craziest thing I think I’ve ever done so far is sign up for a half iron man… That’s just CRAZY! So while training for that all year, in addition to the other races, I made sure to try to find a nutrition plan that was going to work well, as after some of the longer races I’ve done in the past, I haven’t felt the best.
I found an Ironman Taper Nutrition Basics 3 Week Plan here, which is what I went with and made a ton of sense. Basically, 3 weeks out you start eating less than you have been, to cut back on working out as well. 2 weeks out, start eating higher protein packed but well balanced meals, with fruits & veggies, cutting out desserts and alcohol ( I cut out alcohol like a month beforehand). What a followed to a T was the below:
The morning of, I found a list of foods to eat for breakfast, and I chose the applesauce, rice krispies, peanut butter and honey and felt great a few hours beforehand!
NUTRITION DURING THE HALF IRONMAN:
During was another part I was a bit nervous about. I knew that the race would provide gus and gatorades and whatnot, but I wanted to have the brand I was used to and comfortable with. So, I probably overloaded on bringing Vanilla Gu’s and salt tabs but I felt great during and after so it was worth it.
I cut out caffeine a week beforehand, and didn’t take a gu before the swim. In transition, I grabbed some caffeine jelly beans and started on the bike!
I started cracking the vanilla gu packets about 15 minutes into the race, from then on finished 1 gu every 45 minutes. I killed both water bottles and grabbed a third in the last hour of the bike ride, since I don’t like drinking water right before running. I also took about a salt tablet every hour, except for 1.5 hours in, my stomach started hurting, I popped a salt tablet and felt so much better.
During the run, I started timing my gu packet and salt tablet consumption with the aid stations, which started showing up every mile at mile 3. I’d try to continue taking a gu every 40 ish minutes, so every few aid stations, and then take a salt tab at every other station when I was not taking a gu. I’d use some gatorade to get it down, while pouring water all over. These aid stations had everything from cookies to coke, but that was not about to happen.
Afterwards, I felt great. We stopped by the post-race party to carb up and had a slice of pizza, some salad, and a diet coke, which was a great amount of food. We had a 2 hour drive home after the race, and all I had around myself were pretzels and gatorade, but that did the trick.