Don't get frazzled when your Ironman Nutrition plan goes wrong
Don't get frazzled when your Ironman Nutrition plan goes wrong

Don’t get frazzled when your Ironman Nutrition plan goes wrong

Don't get frazzled when your Ironman Nutrition plan goes wrong

We chat to Jackie Foley on this edition of The Kona Edge about her Ironman nutrition strategy.

She shares how she balances her liquids and solids for optimum race performance.

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Transcription:

BRAD BROWN: Let’s chat some Ironman nutrition. We head back to Sydney Australia. Jackie Foley joins us now. Jackie welcome onto The Kona Edge. Thanks for your time.

Let’s chat some nutrition. We haven’t really touched on it in much depth. As far as your approach to nutrition, tell me about the general, not necessarily the racing but your general nutrition approach to life.

Enjoying the real taste in your Ironman nutrition

JACKIE FOLEY: I like the Peer sports nutrition products. They’re a company out in New Zealand and that’s my go to electrolyte. They taste more real to me.

For me, coming into Ironman I think I mentioned previously, I didn’t like the thought of just eating pure gels and sugars and chemicals. I was a big water drinker and I needed to add calories so that’s a product that I really like the taste of. It goes down well so that’s something I regularly use.

I’ve played around with the gels I like the most. SIS gel is what I found settles in my stomach the best. It’s a little more liquidy, not so gooey. I haven’t taken gels much on run training unless it’s a run off the bike. I think some of it has been because I ended up breaking my runs into shorter runs and I’m not gone as long.

Mixing bars and gels for your Ironman nutrition

With the bike, I like bars. So I usually do a mix of bars and gels. The bars just seem to stick with me longer.

BRAD BROWN: I was going to ask, do you do much solids? Obviously not so much on the run, but on the bike are you pretty set in your routine that you know every half an hour or every 45 minutes you have to take something? Or again, do you do it by feel?

JACKIE FOLEY: For an Ironman I do set intervals for me to eat. Because you’re racing and you’re focused on racing, sometimes when you go up a hard hill you can breathe in so hard you don’t feel like you want to eat and you need to.

Learn how to time your Ironman nutrition

So that’s something that I do watch the clock and say this bar should be all the way eaten by now. And this water bottle of electrolyte needs to be gone by now. So yes, I do time it for a race.

BRAD BROWN: Looking at your day to day nutrition, is there anything specific you do? Are you high carb low fat or low carb high fat, or whatever? Tell me about your day to day eating. What’s your approach?

JACKIE FOLEY: I’m Pescotarian, which essentially is vegetarian but I eat seafood so I do try to get some seafood a couple of times a week. And we eat lots of eggs around our house.

Calories that are high quality and good Ironman nutrition

I do try, especially in intense training; I make sure I’m getting some good protein in my diet. Tofu, beans, I’m a huge humus eater, I eat nuts, snacking on nuts all day so I try to think of my calories as just being high quality and good nutrition.

I try to make sure I have some sort of green vegetable 3 times a day at least.

BRAD BROWN: And as far as the race itself, we spoke about timing and having a pretty rigid plan in place. Do you have a plan B or have you figured out pretty much what works for you and that’s it? If something goes wrong you’ll figure it out on the day, or is there a plan B in place?

JACKIE FOLEY: After plan A, it is kind of winging it but I’m not so set on plan A that I’m frazzled if things are going wrong. I’m very open to “okay if I run out of this here it’s okay to take the course food”. And I tell myself it’s okay to take the course food so that when I do I’m not like oh shoot, everything’s going to go wrong.

Working out a different and better Ironman nutrition plan

BRAD BROWN: As far as tinkering, have you pretty much dialled in your nutrition that you know what works for you now and you’re not really changing much? Or are you always trying to get better and work out a different and better way to do things?

JACKIE FOLEY: I think there’s always room to improve and we should always be thinking I can do better. So the 3 Ironman I did, although I have done things slightly different every time, by the time I got to Kona I found the gels that settled the best and I think it did help me on that second half of the run because I was getting more down.

BRAD BROWN: Brilliant. Jackie it’s been awesome catching up. Thank you so much for your time today on The Kona Edge. We look forward to seeing how you progress and when you do, I know it’s going to happen, when do make the comeback to Ironman and head back to Kona, I look forward to seeing how you progress. Thanks for your time.

JACKIE FOLEY: Thanks Brad.

About Us

Brad Brown is a 40 something age grouper that dreams of one day qualifying for and racing on the big island (He may have to outlive everyone in his age group though).

Morbidly obese in 2009, Brad clocked in at 165kgs (363lbs) at his heaviest.

He's subsequently lost a third of his body weight on the way to a half Ironman pb of 5:06 and a full Ironman pb of 12:21.

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