|Fave Kona spot|
I got to Kona two weeks before race day so that I could do my entire taper there and have even more time to acclimatize. It was awesome to be there early when the island was still a bit sleepy. I stepped off the plane and knew I had landed in my happy spot with that first BIG breath of hot, wet, full fat air! The heat and humidity were high this year, I'm not a big sweater, but I would come back from a 30min run and Mark once asked if I had gone into the pool...the answer was, no. It was just that hot. Thankfully, I was not feeling the heat and was getting ready for race day. Once I landed, I immediately started using pee strips (TMI?!) to test my hydration levels on a daily basis. I think many of us focus on hydration the day before and maybe even days before a race, but in talking with Stacy from Osmo, she says that it should be an area of focus for the entire taper. That's right, for the ENTIRE time, you need to be making sure you're getting enough electrolytes. Which, on an island in the Pacific can be a challenge! I think this really paid off and know had I not been as focused on it, I would have had "enough" water, but would not have been hydrated.
|Nothing beats an ocaen swim|
After a week by myself, Mark finally arrived and then the rest of the Coeur crew and Kayla arrived and I knew race day was near! We had fun swimming at the pier, getting coffee and just laying low. Argon18 hosted a great dinner early in the week and showed off the
|Thank you Erin and Mark!|
With all of that, here we go!
Nutrition Pre Swim: 2 eggs, rice, triple shot espresso, banana, peanut butter, bottle of pre-load, bottle of active ~800kcals
Swim: 1:04:37, 3rd AG and I believe top 10 Amateur. Garmin had 2.6 miles, so I will take this as a WIN for time :)
|Race Day Hugs!|
|Pre-swim with KK|
Bike Nutrition: 5 Bonk Breaker bars (LOVE the salted caramel with electrolytes!), 8 bottles of Osmo Active, 1 full bottle of coke. ~2100kcals or about 371/hour. #eatlikeachamp
|Photo: J. Blanco|
|Photo: E. Klegstad|
Run nutrition: 2 packs of energy chews and endless amounts of coke water and ice, glucose tabs over the last 10k. Let's say you get 20kcals/cup of coke. ~880 or 251kcals/hour
Run: 3:32:03, 8:05's and 3rd best AG run
|Happy Finish! Photo by E. Klegstad|
|Magic on Alii|
| 35-39 Podium|
Thanks for all of the cheers and support and see you in the off season!