I broke this St. Anthony Race Report into two different posts because I felt nutrition, and how I handle it now, was best served separately instead of buried in the normal race report. Of course someone picked up on my lack of it immediately (thank you Sarah) but that has made me work on it faster because she cannot be the only one that was looking for it right?
My normal issue with race morning eating is always present. I have to be very careful about how I am feeling because nerves cause me to have problems in the morning. This was no different. At times I can handle a little nutrition, like in Ocala, usually in the form of Bulletproof Coffee (coffee, coconut oil, butter and/or heavy cream). During training this has more than sufficed for energy and to keep me full through the race. The morning of St. Anthony’s, however, my nerves got the better of me and I eschewed the normal BP Coffee and took in NO nutrition prior to the race. Did it effect my race? I can’t say that it did since I had a PR in the swim and my bike was right where it was last season. I cannot say I would have been faster on the bike if I had forced down something, but what I can say is that I felt hunger pains at mile 20 and that is not normal during training. It probably DID alter my speed, but after the bike I still felt OK and ready to run.
I do think the run was affected though. I was expecting issues since I was still having the Achilles problem on my right foot, but even with my energy level high at the start I felt it bog down quickly by mile 3. I did make up a flask of honey water for sugar trickling (2 tbsp. honey and the rest water) and that got me though, but with the hot weather and the fact I had to walk quite a bit which kept me out in the heat longer than I normally would be, it wasn’t enough. I was starving by mile 4 and was ravenous after finishing, eating things I normally wouldn’t, and shouldn’t eat (salty crap snacks) just to get something in me. St. Anthony’s is an Olympic distance race, so I probably got away with more than I would have had it been a 70.3.
So, bottom line is that I need to learn how to handle the pre-race stomach issues, or find something I am confident won’t have me sprinting to port-a-john’s before getting in the water.