The Enduroman Arch to Arc is a daunting task, so where do you start with your preparations?
I started with what are the small things that will make a difference, what I can do that doesn’t take any time and what might go wrong in the event.
The GSSI (Gatorade Sports Science Institute) where fundamental to this. I have done lots of ultra runs and I have learnt that getting enough calories in you is a big issue and I often lost my appetite during or after a long run.
I was taking on an 87 mile run followed by a channel swim finished with a 181 mile bike ride – I needed to eat. I wanted to get as much advice and help as I could.
On 11th May 2012 I went to the GSSI lab in Loughborough to have a full test protocol to give me and them a complete picture of my physiology.
I did tests to address the following areas:
Cognitive Function (Reaction Time)
Peak Power & Anaerobic Capacity
I had to answer lots of questions on my Nutrition Habits
I had also done a 1 week food diary
The team at the lab then put together a full report for me and an eating plan for the Arch to Arc.
The figures made very interesting reading, but I’m not going to bore you with them. What was important is that it gave the GSSI team the information to put together the food plan that would be best for me during the event.
The detail and thought that went in to the plan was better than I could have ever imagined. I was given exactly what would be best for me to eat and drink in the build up to the event including a pre run meal. A full break down of what and how often to eat during the event. Also an important consideration was always what and how much to eat between the run and swim & the swim and bike.
Without all this information the end result could have been very different and I would like to thank James, Ian and Rebecca for all their help.