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The Kit that got me through the Double Brutal Iron Triathlon.

Ironjediby IronjediJan 6th 2014
The Kit that got me through the Double Brutal Iron Triathlon.

I have left it some time since my race report but I just wanted to finish 2013 with a few thoughts on the kit that got me through it.

Nutrition.

You could say that I screwed this up somewhat or not as I did manage to finish. Some of my favourites used during the race and during training are as follows and I would recommend to everyone.

9Bar Mixed seed bars â€" all flavours. Nutty is my favourite. One of the things I loved about 9Bar was that it contained all good wholesome ingredients including 9 essential amino acids held together with honey. There were no chemicals to upset your stomach and the ingredients were just natural, a standard 50g bar contains around 277 Kcals, more than a sports bar packed with chemicals that make you bloat. For me it was a no brainer.

Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink (strawberry/vanilla) â€" I used this as a 1 hour bottle and drank water alongside it. It is easy to digest and packed full of a mixture of carbs and protein and gives you everything you need and helps to buffer lactic acid. The taste is ok, but not for everyone, you do get used to it. You drink it because you know it’s what your body needs and recommended for any endurance athlete.

Soreen Malt Loaf â€" Tasty goodness which needs no more explanation.

Swimming

The water temperature was 12/13 degrees so warmth was on my mind as I was going to be in the water for 3-4 hours. So I looked at various Neoprene hat and sock options. I settled on the following:

Blue Seventy Neoprene Swim cap, this was £21 from Wiggle and worth every penny. The hat comes in two sizes in 3mm neoprene and fitted really well. It was tight enough to keep the water out but not squeeze the blood out of my head. Water was prevented from entering the ears and with the race swim cap on top my Ice Cream headache was kept at bay. I found the hat very comfortable, warm and lightweight. It was a great fit and a massive confidence booster.

Blue Seventy Neoprene socks, again £21 from Wiggle. These socks were fantastic, they were flexible, warm and 2mm thick. They had a long leg with a non slip collar to prevent water entering and kept them in place perfectly. I was able to tuck them nicely under the suit. I doubled up on socks and put a cheap pair (No Fear) over the top for warmth which I purchased from Sports Direct. I cannot fault either of the Blue Seventy products.

Xterra Vector Pro X3 wetsuit. An awesome suit bought from an equally awesome company - www.xterrawetsuits.co.uk - this suit has 5mm neoprene on the front and 3mm on the back and is super warm, super flexible and has super buoyancy. The suit holds you up in the water making you so streamlined, the result making you more efficient in the water and preventing drag. The suit has a lower neck line than most suits and prevents that feeling that you are being strangled. There is a massive choice of sizes available and the company give great after sale advice and assistance with a real personal touch. Top marks.

Cycling

Compressport â€" Calf Guards R2/ForQuad/Pro race Arm Sleeves. “These bad boys give you Super Powers”. They come in multiple colours and sizes, they are a little expensive but you certainly get what you pay for. They all fitted well, held up perfectly and gave a massive confidence boost keeping the lactic acid at bay and regulating body heat. I would not race without any of them!

Running

Lidls Compression Shorts â€" a steal at £10. These had cool graphics, felt tight in all the right places, had a mesh under carriage for cooling and prevented any muscle tightness and cramping. After a year of use they have held up well and look and feel the same as when I first wore them.

Mizuno Cabraken Trail Shoes â€" these trainers are excellent. They are grippy on all terrain, have excellent shock absorption and cushioning, they are water resistant and have extra protection around the toe area to prevent injury, making them so durable. They are lightweight and can be used on the road as well as multi terrain. I am about to purchase this year’s model at a steal £75 from SportsShoes.

The above items were some of my favourites and products I certainly believe helped me to make it through a year of intense training and getting me across that finish line.
 
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