The folks at Hammer seem more about education for fueling and they believe in their product, but if it doesn’t work for you, then that’s okay. In terms of fueling for a marathon you can down some gels and be in pretty good shape, but nutrition for longer distance triathlon is something that boggles my mind. I know I’ll have to learn about it, and I know it will require some good experimentation…but I really don’t have an idea where to start. So tonight was a great night. Some interesting points that I took away:
- If you are exercising over three hours you should take in some protein too.
- Your digestive system likes liquid fuel a whole lot better than solid fuel.
- You need to replenish electrolytes in any weather, not just in hot weather.
- You need to try and refuel your body as soon after you exercise as possible. Rainmaker likes chocolate milk for his recovery drink, although there are many different ways to get that recovery drink/snack.
Something not to do? After spin class on Tuesday I got home and found some chocolate sundae syrup in the fridge (supposedly it is good until sometime in 2010??). I had some vanilla ice cream in the freezer…some raspberries…and I was hungry. So I threw those three things together in a bowl. Plus I had a mug of hot chocolate milk, made with Ovaltine because somehow it sounds like it might be more nutritious than Nesquick. And it is supposed to be the ultimate recovery drink. Anyhow, to make a short story long I then updated my Facebook status as “Leana is refueling with hot chocolate and ice cream after discovering chocolate sundae syrup in her fridge.” And Richelle totally called me out on it tonight as we talked about there being good ways and bad ways to refuel. So note to self, don’t advertise your crappy refueling techniques!
(The ice cream was so good though…and it wasn’t all bad…was it?)