“Are you eating a Subway sandwich?” Asks a man to me.
“Yes,” I reply, as I bite into a delicious foot-long Spicy Italian.
“And your doing the Iron Man race?”
“Yes. Its going well! I’m halfway through the bike leg,” I take a drink of Coke and unwrap a chocolate Twix.
The man looks at me and then cycles off. I think he’s jealous of my mid-bike-leg Iron Man picnic.
Many folk more qualified in nutrition than me can tell you what to eat during a race. They will break it down to the exact level of carbs, protein and salt.
I say: “Eat what you like!”
If you normally have a sausage roll and bit of cake during your long bike rides then bring a sausage roll and cake to an Iron man. Your body is used to it so why have something else?
I had a full lunch on my bike leg of the Iron Man and felt great afterwards. The only time I’ve ever felt ill during a race was when I eat just gels and powders.
During one race I stopped and had a burger, beer and a desert. It was great!
The race itself was terrible. It was called the Rat Race and it took place in Edinburgh comprised of bike/run/kayaking sections as well as puzzles.
For example one section was a treasure hunt on Arthur’s Seat. I had to find three flags. If I didn’t find them I’d get a 10 minute penalty per flag. I took one look at the massive area I had to search in and left for the next section. The 30 minute penalty was less than the actual time it would take to complete the task.
I then calculated that if I finished the race without doing any of it the penalties I would still have less than the expected winning time. So, I stopped and had lunch at a pub. Afterwards I went to the finish and took my penalties. I was disqualified as the organiser said it wasn’t in the spirit of the competition! I disagreed. I’d out thought the race and surely that’s worth a win.
I’ve never done an adventure race since but it did leave me with a desire for a proper lunch during long races.