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*Frodo* wrote (see)
But then be careful not to throw your special honey bottle away instead of an empty water one at the first feedstation...
Argh! Nutrition and now hydration.
For those that have used speedfil, it is much faff? I'm suddenly not keen on the stopping to return the empty bottles. And it seems silly to have to carry a speedfil and bottle cages (rear of saddle?) purely not to have to stop at a feed station.
Frig, I haven't a bloody clue about any of this. I have never even witnessed a triathlon first hand, never mind participating in a long distance one.
Nuun tablets? Breaking news to me.
Speedfills? I'll have to see one of those.
If I have a double bottle holder out back and the two holders in the A frame (even my terminology is woeful) will that be enough? I take it that I can carry a couple of emergency water bottles in case (say the underseat double holder) and collect/throw away the supplied bottles.
Good news for me is that I'm back cycling, swimming and now running (albeit with heavy legs) after my Dublin Marathon and subsequent week long drink/eat fest.
Bottle feed about 40 seconds into video
Lots of angst about nutrition and hydration, as there was prior to last season. All understandable, but try not to cook your heads too much. The folks from One Step Beyond are absolutely mustard at staging the event and looking after the athletes.
There are plenty of places to change drink bottles and plenty of ways of doing it. No hassle if you woosh on through the food station grabbing a bottle (or two) from the friendly helpers, and equally no hassle if you stop - the stations also have bike mech facilities and toilets. From memory last year;
- 1 station after about 15 miles of the bike with no toilet- Oxton Bank (which you pass 3 times)- The "nursery" at the back of Southwell (which you pass 3 times)- 1 on the boring drag back to town with no toilet
So you can happily make a pils of one of them and know that there are plenty more opportunities coming up, and you don't ever need to stress. Genuinely. It's no stress.
Taking 4 x 750ml bottle onto the ride? Am I right in thinking that's about 3kg of extra weight? That's about the same weight that you saved by spending £1,500 on a new bike to get you round faster than your old aluminium one. So unless your guts are so cosmically f*cked-up that you can't risk anything you haven't packed, you're best to use the stations provided. That's what they're for.
Food? I screwed mine up very consumately for Outlaw last year, mainly by stuffing myself like a veal calf on the day before the race. Next race I did worked a lot better - eating like a human on race day -1 and supping a few bottles of energy drink. Nutrition during the race takes care of itself if you pack plenty of the right kind of fuel, and use what's made available for you.I wrote a very detailed plan with "1 of these every 20 mins... and 1 of those every 30 mins". At the end of the day, it's all fuel that you're going to be packing. You don't want to slow down or get out of your tuck to furtle around in your bento for an "x bar", because you could only find a "y gel". It's fuel. Grab it, frim it in your chops, keep working your pedals. Easy!
By the hurty end of the run, if you're anything like most first timers, you'll see the food stations (which are every 2.5 miles on Outlaw, which is better than any of the other events) as an Oasis in the desert. My body told me what it needed by that point. For me it was crisps... mountains of the lovely, salty buggers. And coke and water. Gutted that it didn't want Jaffa Cakes, because i like them!
Sorry if I've just wasted 5 minutes of your life trying to read this. I need an Editor.
Don't depend on the wonderful magical flat coke. I remember grabbing it at IM Switzerland thinking it was going to be my saviour as I could no longer tolerate gels and found it wasn't flat! Trust me, 10km into a marathon when you've already been out there for about 10 hours, is not the time you want to be takingo n carbonated drinks.
I started Fink today. I don't take my rest day on Mondays hence why I started today. 1 Swim session down, Only about 80 or so swim sessions to go