There were some epic IRONMAN results for athletes with PH in their bottles during July of 2017. It turned out to be quite the day. Sarah Lewis came 4th at Ironman 70.3 Jönköping (Sweden) and Team Freespeed's Ruth Astle wasn't far behind in 6th (1st in the 25-29 AG).
Meanwhile, over in Germany, Dimity-Lee Duke and Freespeeder Ali Rowatt clocked in at 7th and 8th Overall at Ironman Frankfurt. Again, Ali took age-group gold.
How are they doing this time and time again you ask? Well, I thought I'd ask them a few quick-fire questions so you can compare how different elite athletes do things to give you a few things to test in your quest to be the best you can be...
Ladies, congrats again on yet more epic results. So, what did you eat/drink pre race?
Ruth: I had my standard breakfast of oats, banana, honey soaked overnight in milk, with a bottle of PH 1500 and a strong black Americano.
Ali: Dinner the night before was really simple - salmon, potatoes and veg, nothing fancy. I drank 1l (32oz) of water with a PH 1500 sachet in it before bed (and a glass of wine with dinner!). In the morning before the race I just had some bread and honey, a coffee and another 1l bottle with PH 1500 in it.
Dimity-Lee: On the morning of the race I'm quite unconventional, but it works for me: A snickers bar, coffee, banana and my PH 1500 for sodium preloading.
You're all on PH 1500, great to hear! Ok, so what wetsuit were you rockin'?
Ruth: The awesome Orca Alpha.
Ali: I'm also Orca, but the Predator.
Dimity-Lee: I'll buck the tend here, I wear an Xterra.
What were you riding?
Ruth: The Giant Liv Avow with the Giant 50mm tubeless front wheel, and a Walker Brothers Disc Wheel.
Ali: I'm on a Trek Speed Concept.
Dimity-Lee: The Canyon Speedmax, Dura Ace Di2, 404/808 Zipp combination
How did you stay fuelled/hydrated on your way to the Top 10 finish?
3 x Clif gels
1 x Clif Shot Bloks
2 x PH 1500 bottles.
2 x PH SweatSalt capsules
(I'm constant drinking on the bike, I had my 2 bottles with PH 1500 to start with, then topped up with water from aid stations and used the SweatSalts)
Coke and some plain water (with my SweatSalts) on the run.
1 x PH 1000 in 500ml immediately after swim, running to the bike.
As much of a Clif bar as I can manage once I'm on the bike.
3 x 750ml bottles of water with PH 1000 on the bike, then topping up with water at each aid station (as I'm not a very salty sweater, so I can get away with that if I set myself up well before the swim and on the bike).
3 x packets of Clif Shot Bloks on the bike
During the run it was water, a bit of Coke and Clif gels.
I eat solid food on the bike mostly - a combination of nutrition power, gums/isotonic drink (for energy!), a Snickers bar and a banana. I had an Advanced Sweat Test, so i know I lose around 640mg sodium per litre of sweat but have a high sweat rate, so I tailor my hydration strategy accordingly with PH.
Run leg is a combination of gels and Cola/RedBull.
What was your celebratory meal/tipple?
Ruth: A glass of Sauvignon Blanc with some fish and chips!
Ali: Red wine!
Dimity-Lee: Ice cream and fruit always goes down well after a race.
So, we've established Team Freespeed like a drink! Good to know. How do you optimise your recovery? (After the race, not the booze...)
Ruth: Probably not well enough to be honest! I have a bit of a stretch and plan in a recovery spin in the evening the day after the race.
Ali: A bottle of water with PH 1500 in the morning after, followed by lots of water during the day and lots of food!
Dimity-Lee: Active recovery is the key for me. This includes easy swimming/biking and walking in the days after the race. Also I make sure I eat healthy food after the race.