It is no secret that maintaining energy levels during long distance racing and training can be a struggle. You need something that is easy to take, tastes good and can maintain energy levels. In the past, this would consist of consuming… well, planning to consume bars, gels, bananas and electrolytes. The fact is, whilst it all sounds easy enough, when you are pushing hard it can be difficult to take the time to get through all of this. As a result, for me personally, I would risk nutrition to avoid losing a place on the road. This was proving to be my downfall, where I would fade in the closing stages of an event due to low energy levels. It was something that I needed to address or forever be in a world of pain knowing that I would start slowing dramatically towards the end of a race.
After years of indigestion and IBS symptoms experienced by my girlfriend, she researched every brand under the sun. Finally she found Hammer, after which she convinced me to try some and see how I went. The effect was immediate, in the sense that I could ride solely on Perpetuem which is a drink based product that contains all the nutrients and calories required to sustain my energy throughout an event. What is more it actually tasted good (like Strawberry milkshake)! As it is drink based, it is easy to consume and does not require me getting out of aero position to get in the calories. This has shown to be very successful and I can push on farther and harder with a simply change in nutrition. I currently use a combination of Electofizz, Heed and Perpetuem depending on the distance and type of session, not to mention the bars which I crave…probably too often.
Sport: Triathlon and Running
Sporting Accomplishment: 3rd 25-29 Age Group World Champs 2009, Winning Age Category at most 70.3 events, Winning Category at First Ironman in 8hr58 in 2013, Half Marathon PB of 1.13, Marathon PB of 2.48
How did you get into your sport: Was tired of cricket which I played for 11 years of my life. Started running with my brother who was doing his first Ironman in 2000, with his old shoes. Then I started to swim when I was 16 at the local pool. Purchase a bicycle when I moved to Australia and entered a triathlon after a month or two of cycling.
Hardest thing about your sport: Wanting to travel around the world to every race I see on TV!
What does your regular training week consists of: 10-12km of swimming, 150-250km cycling, 20-40km of running
How do you keep motivated: Jacqui (girlfriend), keeps me motivated. If she does a session, then I get jealous and also need to do one.
Goals (Future Plans and Career expectations): Win/Place at Kona in age category, Win/Place at 70.3 World Champs in 2016 in my hometown, Sunshine Coast
Best piece of advice you have been given: “Do the work” (great advice when you are thinking you might miss a session in lieu of watching TV)