Ironman. It’s one of those events that you think you will only ever do once, and then you do one and get hooked. Remind me never to try ultra-running! The swim is the warm up at just 3.8km. It’s the 180km on the bike followed by running a marathon that’s the killer. There is just no way you are going to get through all of that without some good, tasty nutrition.
The nutrition side of the sport is something that many athletes struggle to ever get right. You can train all you like, but if you can’t absorb calories during a race you are going to hit a wall at some point. I apparently have the World’s most sensitive stomach, and it took me years to figure out what I could and couldn’t eat during races.
The great thing about Primal bars is the natural ingredients. Most energy bars contain a whole heap of rubbish which just attacks the stomach and plays havoc with the digestive system. When you are eating lots of them, both during the millions of hours training for an event, and then actually on race day, it is not good for the body to be taking on so much synthetic sugar. I find Primal Pantry bars provide the perfect combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and salts without any of the rubbish, and they are easy on the stomach. I have favourites, but I use different bars for different sessions as they all have different ingredients. If I need a high carb/protein kick during tough training intervals or racing I go straight for the cocoa brownie! With 22g of carbs and 15g of protein this one is a real kick. For longer, less intense sessions I tend to work my way through all the flavours of the standard bars- sometimes in one session (greedy athlete!). Admittedly this can be a 6 hour ride but even so, I probably eat too many!
They must be amazed in the den at how many bars I can get through. I also love the bars for travelling with. Often plane food can be poor quality and not nearly enough. Easily solved with hand luggage space filled up with Primal bars. I travel all over the world to race and I never go anywhere without a stash.