Ever heard of Clif Bloks?
If you’ve ever struggled with nutrition to run a race, go for a long ride, or take on a triathlon, you’ve probably done some homework trying to figure out how to fuel better.
You know...so you can escape the race-ending bonk of fatigue, cramping, and stomach distress.
When runner and triathlete Kaylie Weigel decided to take on the Ohio 70.3 Half-Ironman, she knew she needed to train hard and dial in her fueling strategy to go the distance...
🏊♀️ Swim = 1.2 miles
🚲 Bike = 56 miles
🏃♀️ Run = 13.1 miles
She hired a coach. She trained with a friend. She logged a ton of time in the pool, biked for hours, and ran a lot of miles. And she put Clif Bloks to the test.
👉 Check out this Q&A with triathlete Kaylie Weigel to find out what happened at the Ohio 70.3 Half-Ironman...
Q: Tell us about your most recent & upcoming race
KAYLIE: After training for 7 months this year, I competed in my first Half-Ironman, the Ohio 70.3 on July 25 in Columbus Ohio. The race was originally scheduled for July 2020, but a month prior to the race date it was cancelled. So, I stopped training until January 2021.
I just signed up to run the Nationwide Half-Marathon in Columbus on October 17th.
Q: What were your goals for Ohio 70.3?
KAYLIE: My goal was to break 6 hours.
Q: What did you learn about yourself training for a Half Ironman event?
KAYLIE: I did my training with a friend who was also training for her first Half Ironman.
Q: What's happened as your training progressed?
KAYLIE: Since we were both runners, we knew how fast we could complete a half marathon. But it was exciting to watch the progression to see how fast could do a Brick.
A Brick is a bike/run interval that you do back to back at maximum intensity. Initially our 6-hour goal seemed close to impossible, but as we continued to train we could see how much faster we were getting.
Q: What's your experience competing in races?
KAYLIE: I started running in my freshman year of high school where I was competing in cross country and track. I continued running in college at Kent State University. I hadn’t really been running since my college running ended in 2019. Then with the pandemic there weren’t really any races to compete in. So, this was my first major race since college.
Q: Besides your finish-time goal, what are your race-day priorities?
KAYLIE: After hydration, my number two priority is nutrition.
Q: What's your go-to fueling source for training and racing?
KAYLIE: I use Clif Bloks because you really don’t feel like eating while you are competing. They're easy to get down and taste good. They're a good source of carbs and electrolytes. Bloks were actually the only thing I ate during the biking section of my race, besides some Pringles towards the end!
Q: What type of Clif Bloks do you like the most?
KAYLIE: Cliff Bloks come in a variety of flavors. Some are available with caffeine and extra sodium. You can buy Clif Bloks at most running stores. I purchased mine through Amazon.
Q: What did your fueling strategy look like for Ohio 70.3 Half Ironman?
KAYLIE: My tri-suit made by Roka (the Elite Aero Tri-Suite) has dual-stretch pockets in the back to hold the Clif Bloks. During training I was supposed eat a whole pack, which is 6, every hour. I was pretty good about it. My goal for the race was to eat 24 grams of carbs every 30 minutes (which is 3 Clif Bloks).
Q: How did your first Half Ironman go?
KAYLIE: On race day I started the morning with Avocado Toast and Eggs around 4:30 am. Then I ate my homemade rice cake. Prior to entering the water at the start of my race I ate 3 Clif Bloks.
Q: What would you do differently?
KAYLIE: If I had to do it again, I would have forced myself to eat double the Clif Bloks during my bike section.
Q: What's next?
KAYLIE: For my upcoming half marathon I plan to consume 3 Bloks every 30 minutes! My goal for the Nationwide Half Marathon is to run under 8-minute miles.
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