So few things in life are free so it's always a nice treat to get something gratis. Ironman has switched beverage sponsors from Gatorade Endurance, my training fuel of choice, to PowerBar Perform. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of PowerBar anything. I think the gels taste awful, the chocolate is similar to a chemically frosting with a heavy dose of salt, and the bars have never been my cup of tea except for the amazingly delicious Triple Threat. However, I'm always open to trying new things so I was thrilled when I arrived home to find a case of PowerBar Perform waiting for me. I heard buzz about Ironman racers receiving a trial so I wasn't entirely surprised but was still thoroughly delighted.
I actually have stomach issues in regular life, but for some reason I can consume just about anything in sport with no troubles. I can "live off the land" in all races, which really simplifies my preparation. I've always been a Gatorade girl, but was specifically training with Endurance because all WTC Ironman and 70.3 races, as well as most major marathons, offered it on the course. And I like it so it's a bonus. Now that WTC has switched I'm not likely to convert 100%, but I'll definitely be doing some long training days with PowerBar Perform to be sure I feel adequately fueled for race day. I have a big brick tomorrow, a 90 mile ride and 40 minute run, so I'll be putting it to the test and will report back what I think.
In my never ending struggle to find a way to train for Ironman without giving up my life and being miserable, I tried another new approach today. I have been avoiding the pool like the plague so I told my coach I'd rather just go, swim and get it over with. No sets, no rests, no wasted time. So I did a 60 minute continuous swim and loved it! Yes, it felt like forever at times but to free the mind and not be counting laps as I bounced back and forth like a ping pong ball was brilliant. Right now I have two swims each week - the 60 minute and a 75 minute. If all goes well I'll give that one a shot this weekend. And if all goes really well, I'll actually be able to finish and not fall apart on July 25, all after having enjoyed my spring, my summer and my life.