Side note: Did NONE of us know that this was a possibility with all of our long distance running/training? I feel like there is so much fear placed into people about supplementing with iron, and maybe that is a good fear to have if you are not an athlete running a marathon+/week in distance. But for those of us hammering our bodies day in and day out, asking it to perform, we are physically breaking our red blood cells when we run and then sweating them out. Always check with your Dr, but it seems like a no brainer that most women endurance athletes should at least have their numbers checked periodically to ensure that they are getting enough iron. Seems like since I became more aware of low iron and talking with my fellow ladies of the Social Sphere, it is SO common and sounds like a lot of you supplement. Making a mental note to pay more attention to things that don't currently directly affect me but could.
So after speaking with a friend/sports nutrition/expert who cautioned me against racing and also speaking with a sports orthopedist, who said that as long as I felt OK, and my iron had come back up, that I wasn't really going to do any damage (but i'm getting my iron stores check tonight anyways). Who's answer did I take? The one I paid $200 for of course! However, the friend who told me to not race and focus on Kona has also been helping me on nutrition and I was able to implement our new strategy and that was a HIT...talk about a calm tummy...more on that later. So she HAS to be happy with me for racing right?!! Otherwise we would have gone into Kona with a never been tested nutrition plan. I can rationalize wit the BEST of them.
|My wave went off so late I got to see BFF Jess!|
Night before race nutrition: OSMO Pre-Load to get my sodium stores up and ready for the heat of racing.
Pre swim nutrition: Chia/coconut granola, Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut peanut butter, banana, OSMO Pre-load Approx 900 kcal's
Swim: 6th AG 29:08 vs LY: 28:26
|So Shallow you could run...or swim!|
Bike Nutrition: 2 Tram Bars -just found these things and they are ridic! OSMO Active Hydration, total kcal's: 800
Bike: 2:41:34 VS LY 2:30:16
|Compact (me) vs all you can bring T1|
Run Nutrition: cup of Gatorade/cup of water to dilute the Gatorade and not have any tummy issues, a few cups of coke towards the end, half banana, half nectarine, water, 1 pack of Cytomax Energy chews on the back half of the run. Total kcal's 400
Run: 1:41:31 VS LY 1:38:06
I hit the run and immediately was running with a guy who was keeping a good pace. I must have been annoying to be right on his hip for those first few miles...he picked it up and dropped me, but I found him at mile 12 and said hello to my long lost friend. I was not feeling my competitive juices flowing and was just running
I ended up 9th in the AG and 19th amateur female. It's hard not to compare myself to last year as that time would have garnered me the 2nd OA position as well as 2nd in the AG. I'm keeping that in perspective and focusing on the last big goal for the season and that is Kona. Hopefully I got some fitness at Vineman this past weekend and enjoyed racing with friends from all over the country that I don't get to see that often.
Thanks to all of you who have reached out to offer stories of low iron and your solutions and support, I truly appreciate it. Makes me not feel alone in this at all!!
|Through the fog and into the Sun!|