During my Ironman training, I spent a lot of time on nutrition. In the summer heat, I was losing fluid rapidly and it became important to have some sort of endurance fuel. Standard Gatorade just didn’t cut it anymore! In fact, even when I switched to Gatorade Endurance, I was suffering massive cramps after 3 1/2 hours on the bike. I actually got fairly desperate to figure out a fix and through my research into my problems, I decided I probably was fighting the wrong thing. I had been very focused on my electrolyte loss but in reality I was probably just undernourished. I saw a full page ad in Triathlete Magazine for something called e-Fuel and after some more research, I decided to give it a shot.
As a runner, triathlete, and gadget geek I have gone back and forth on activity trackers over the years. As a triathlete/runner I just didn’t see any use for one. I used to own a Fitbit One but eventually it vanished, as any tiny device that lives daily in my pocket is destined to. I liked seeing my steps and I think when I wasn’t as serious or consistent with my training it was a good tool to keep me moving.
For Hanukkah, I was the happy recipient of the Garmin HRM-Run which is the Garmin heart rate strap that goes with my Fenix 2. I used to be interested in HR training but that was several years ago and honestly I wasn’t really ready for that level of training. Its hard to go for a run and target Zone 3 when every run puts you into Zone 4 and walking was never an option for me. Its really been the last couple years where I’ve gotten very consistent with my training that I realized I could make use of this type of feedback.
I have a lot of toys that are for all of my various sports. All of them serve, ultimately, one purpose. Help me get over the finish line faster and more efficiently. (One might say based on my finishing times that maybe my money is better spent elsewhere but at least I’m fairly cost conscious with my purchases!) I own three bikes. I have my road bike which serves mostly to live in my trainer and for group rides, my tri bike that I usually ride, and then a third bike that I picked up off craigslist – a 1977 Raleigh Sprite 27. The reason I originally purchased it was because Melanie and I wanted to ride to restaurants and shops locally and my road bike with clipless pedals isn’t well suited to that. So I thought I had two options. Either buy a cheapie bike from Target or step up to a nice commuter from a company like Trek or Giant. As much as I’m a fan of having a quality bicycle, I couldn’t justify the $500+ I’d have to spend on a bike that I knew I would ride for extremely short trips. So I thought I’d check craigslist and see if I could get something decent and used.