On the Go
After getting a lot of experience of what I enjoyed eating during my training races and long training runs I had a good idea of what I wanted to take with me. However I had to find a compromise between what I enjoyed and foods with a sufficiently high energy density. In the end I went for:
- Twiglets and salted cashews mixed together – twiglets on their own aren’t very calorific, so I mixed a few with the cashews for flavour.
- Wasabi peanuts – these have a very strong flavour so I was a little nervous about how I would get on with them I the heat when I was thirsty. In the end I loved them - nice an salty but with more flavour than just salt.
- Banana chips – I didn’t get on with these at all – they were far too dry and had no enthusiasm for eating them at all.
- Jordans luxury nut bar – the most calorific (Kcal/g) cereal bar I could find. They went down ok to begin with but I started to get a bit bored of them and found them a bit dry later on in the week.
- Ultra Fuel – I took one chocolate flavour Ultra Fuel sachet (440 Kcal) for the 4th CP on the long stage. This is essentially a high energy liquid meal. It wasn’t the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten (or drunk!) but it did the trick. I felt nicely energised for the next hour or so into the following stage.
- Clif Shot Blocs – I knew I wasn’t going to be moving too fast so I decided not to rely on sugars to keep me going - I just took a few of these for each day and went mainly for nuts to keep me going during the day. These are quite heavy for the number of calories but I found the odd one really helpful when I was down in the dumps and on the marathon stage when I was moving faster.
- Nuun & High 5 electrolyte tabs – I took a couple of these for each day. If I was really trying to keep weight down I wouldn’t bother with them but I did appreciate the change from plain water. I only took two flavours though and I’d take a little more variety.