Many 1/2 IMs and IM CDA last June. I always got sick in 1/2 IMs on the run…every time. I determined that part of my trouble was not consuming enough calories on the bike. I liked some of the info I got off GordoWorld..it helped me set up my system for IM. Pre race: Ensure Vanilla at 2 and then 4am. Very little to no solids on race day. I consumed 4 24 oz bottles of Cytomax with protein powder (5:1) and enduralytes mixed in. 600 calories per bottle. It was hot as hell out there so I washed this down with lots of water. 2 bottles on the bike and 2 bottles at bike special needs that I put into a soft thermos bag (this is a MUST) to keep from going bad in the heat. I also consumed about 400 GU calories (Vanilla).
This left me feeling good on the run (didn’t get sick). I was on gatorade and water for most of the time. I WISH I had started on the Coke earlier….hit that at mile 21. Next time I go on it at mile 15. I trained extensively with this system and tried various combo before settling in with Cyto. Training with the nutrition means doing long rides and then doing a transition run to see how you feel. I, and many others I know have tried Hammer/Sustained Energy products with horrible results. I can’t digest their products. You’ll have to try for yourself. I have also heard that a number of elite AG triathletes are using the Twinky program…..all sugar all the time…keep hammmering it down from start to finish…with no problems, and great results.
I’m going to try this system in training. I’m serious….it’s supposed to work very well (much to the chagrin of some high profit nutrition companies). Americans aren’t eating adequate amounts of needed vitamins and minerals – due, in part, to consumption of junk food. According to a recently published report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 31% of total calories from the average American’s diet comes from snack foods, alcohol, and condiments that are not nutrient-dense. Researchers from Queens College in NewYork utilized data from the third edition of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), which examined eating patterns of among over fifteen thousand American adults. They analyzed dietary consumption of high calorie foods that are not included in the 5 major food groups promoted by the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid: dairy, fruit, grains, meat and beans, and vegetables.