Sherpa Skills Part II: Trial Run

by LCCotter on February 4, 2012

This morning we (I mean, the hubs) set off for a long ride… 5+hours. So what was so important about this ride? Well, it was the “trial nutrition” run. We found out all the brands/nutrition on the race course and set out to get a few samples ourselves.

In Ironman training, it’s CRUCIAL to test out your nutrition. When you are racing for that long of a time, the gut goes through hell and back, no joke. Making sure you can handle the foods/sports drinks that are given on the race course is probably just as important as sleeping the night before. haha.

When the hubs’ raced Ironman New Zealand back in 2009, some of the sports drinks did not settle well in his stomach and needless to say, it was not a good race. This year, he’s been training with the same nutrition that is given on race day, plus a few of his own nutrition favorites.

Here’s a look at what I do on race day. I know, it’s a lot of work. I am almost have to refuel half way through (that’s sarcasm). But really, I love being part of TEAM COTTER, and that’s no sarcasm.

And the results are in………Worked like a charm he says.

o-matic

That’s one Well-Fueled & HOT lookin’ athlete…. wouldn’t you agree?

james


Sherpa Skills- Race day Nutrition Complete!

Cheers,

LC

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Molly February 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Nice job!!! I think he’s in for a good race day!!!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

i think you should come watch your brother race and hang with me. another sherpa!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

You’re so cute! So glad the trial run went well. You guys are an awesome team

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Team cotter, woo woo! Lets hope it pays off come March 3rd. EEEK!!

p.s.
Look into PRP therapy or Prolo for your heal. I’ve had 2 friends get that done and it worked for them. plus james got it on his knee.

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Tawnee February 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Now that’s some sherpa skills — we should all be taking notes :) James is one lucky guy!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

ahh, well he’s pretty good at being my life sherpa, so it even’s out. Right? How’s the mountain biking going? Love that new passion!

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Can you please be MY Sherpa?! Haha I think I need one since I’m so bad at remembering all the important things!! You are an AMAZING Sherpa and I loved seeing what James has to fuel himself! I am sure this will be a GREAT season for Team Cotter :)

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

girl it would be my dream to be your sherpa. Team Vegemite! haha.

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Katie @ Raisins&Apples February 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Way to go, sherpa :)

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

i think i just like using the word sherpa now, haha.

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Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner February 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Glad it went so well!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

yes, lets hope it goes come race day. Cross your toes and fingers and ears and well anything!

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Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb February 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Glad he had great results. You are one awesome wife!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

i just like being part of the team. Hey how’s your training going? Did you get less anxious this week? I need to catch up with ya!

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teabagginit February 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

you know how sometimes single moms are referred to as “mom and dad” all rolled into one? well, you’re a whole team rolled into one plus a training section! the hubs is so lucky to have you (and i know you feel lucky to have him). cheers to supporting each other and always having his back (and gut!) :)

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

you are too kind. I know you feel the same way about J. THey are our mental sherpa’s, yes? and that team is awesome! We gotta support each others back, gut, mind, and all!

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

You two make a great team! Glad the trial run went well.

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

oh i have missed you Maryea!! not sure why i am not getting your posts anymore. How’s the little one?

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natalie February 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

YAY for good, HEALTHY training!!! I can’t wait for the race – he’s going to rock!! All thanks to his sherpa :P

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

oh me too friend. I just wish you were here to cheer with me. How fun would that be?!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner February 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

You have the coolest job ever.. I find it all so interesting! I think it’s amazing that your husband is a triathlete..that is HARD work!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

he is so passionate about it too! which inspires me and yes.. I do have a cool job. I think we are both lucky to have great men, yes?

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Kalli February 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

He looks happy and accomplished and handsome :). Glad the food worked for him!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

accomplished is such a good feeling, lets hope we can hang on to that all year!

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Lindsay @ bikingbefore bed February 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

You are the best sherpa I know!

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

haha, i’ll take that! i like that award. Sherpa awards just sound cool.
;)

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness February 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Woop woop! Go team! ;-) xyx

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

hehe, love that cheering!

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~Jessica~ February 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Loving your videos as always. It’s great to see how much effort and planning goes into fuelling a top-class athlete!

xxx

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LCCotter February 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Thanks Jess. It’s silly but i love it. xoxo

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Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

Very interesting to hear about the nutritional aspects of hard training. Looks like the two of you are a perfect team in this regard as well. :)

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Bre February 5, 2012 at 12:52 am

Hmmm I need to find me a food sherpa! :) Love love love it! :) I like the base salt sprinkling on the oatmeal- I have to go check out their stuff, maybe give it test in South Carolina!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

i think you need to recruite a food sherpa while in SC> and yes, check out base!! You’ll love the aminos!

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Shane June 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I noticed that you discussed Base Salts. Have you ever hear of Recovery e21? It is a natural electrolyte supplement.

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Lou February 5, 2012 at 1:14 am

Wicked! That’s cool everything is working out… the hubs totally looks in fine form ;)

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

i know, such a cutie pie. I’m bias though. How’s the weather? still flooding? hope not!!

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Lou February 5, 2012 at 7:22 am

You guys make a very pretty couple! Weather is BEAUTIFUL now… flooding over thank goodness :) Hooray for sunshine!

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Klh February 5, 2012 at 3:54 am

Youve got some mad Sherpa skills :)
Glad he had a great ride!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

practice for Ironman Louisville, maybe? :-)

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva February 5, 2012 at 4:16 am

what a great gal you are!!! Hubs looks in fine form too. any exciting plans for the weekend?

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

just a chill weekend. crummy weather. u?

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Chuck February 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

Its really amazing to see how much you guys love and care for each other. I need to find a girl who can understand the importance of nutrition and things like practicing a race. And of course I would care for her in the same way- but I think what you two have is rare. And tell James that Felipe Bastos says hello!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

gosh, thanks chuck. and i bet i could find a female sherpa for you in Austin. ;-)

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Allie February 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m so glad everything went well with figuring out nutrition !!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

oh me too friend. you know how crucial nutrition is race day. :P

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Tara February 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Wow I didn’t realize how crucial nutrition testing was, but it totally makes sense!! You want to have race day be as close to perfect as it can be. It would be awful if the thing that cost you some crucial time was food, but it easily could be! Glad it all worked out well. You are the best sherpa!!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

yes, and the last thing you want is irritable stomach on the run course, right? ohh no pretty. I know you know what i am talkin about. yes?

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Nicole February 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Good job Lindsay! You are so organized with James’ nutrition!

I’m praying all goes well for the big day!!

Nicole

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

thank you Nicole. Your prayers are felt, really!

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The Hippie Health Nut February 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

You are SO sweet! I love seeing how much you guys just love each other- very inspiring. :)

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

well i feel blessed to be married to him. He puts up with me ya know? haha.

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You two make an incredible team! Loved the video. Great information! Question for me…do you have any suggestions on good flavored protein powders here in the states for me? I need to order some, but I really don’t know where to begin. I need dairy free, but I don’t want a boat load of chemicals in them. Loved this post! I hope you two are enjoying some rest and relaxation today!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

have you tried life basics vanilla? It’s the best!!! It has chia and omegas in and there is also a unsweetened version. I use it in baking, puddings, shakes, etc. If you are looking for a whey, go for 100% whey by biochem. Lactose free and gluten free. Want me to send links?

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Ahhhhh, the sweetness of success! Way to go sherpa haha

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

here’s hoping that success continues into the season, yes!!!

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Jess February 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Nicely done Ms. Sherpa! He looks SO well-fueled post-trial run. Like ridiculously good! That is awesome!

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

like cutie patootie good. haha

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Kristen February 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hopefully a good trial run means an even better race day! I hope his stomach holds up well. Glad you’re honing your shepa skills. Can’t wait to see how things go.

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

oh me too friend, me too!!

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jobo February 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Oh I love this!!! You are SUCH a fantastic training sherpa and I am so glad the fueling worked well and he had a great outing! Hot stuff, right there, the two of you :) XOXO

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LCCotter February 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

gotta love a man in spandex, right? haha

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Lisa February 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Glad your sherpa skills are paying off!

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 4:18 am

me too. Hope it works in 4 weeks! eek!

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Colleen February 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

The sherpa does a lot of hard work! It’s a tough job but one that only someone who really loves the athlete can do! :) Kudos!

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

oh yes, i know you can relate. Sherpa mate!

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Heather @ Dietitian on the Run February 6, 2012 at 2:12 am

Whoop! Love a good success story ;) I can’t even imagine what “the gut” is thinking on a race day – hah, as long as it’s happy and doesn’t speak up, all other systems go!

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

oh i know, BRUTAL!! My got would just die, literally.

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Miz February 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

Im ready for you to come HOOOOOME :)

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

is it weird that i miss you and tornado and i have yet to even meet tornado? hehe. xoxo

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset February 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

YESSS so glad this was such a success! I cannot even imagine doing anything like that for FIVE hours! Yeeshe, but so impressive too

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

ya, i know. 5 hours and then a run! EEK!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

loved this!!!! you’re the best wife

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

where’s my award? jk. hehe.

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Wendy February 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Love this and your timing as always!

This past weekend we went to Pittsburgh to train with Anne-Marie (female winner of the 2011 Dirty Dozen) … err… for Scott to train and for me to visit where I grew up (double win!!).

The drive was perfect for prepping our in-synch-ness for the long drives across the country we have coming up: more trips to Pitt to train, driving to BSL 70.3, and then that move to Ogden. :-)

We’re planning on crock-potting our food (and thanks to the Jeep we can cook and drive!)… any thoughts on crock-pot meals before a 70.3 are greatly appreciated (so far we have pasta, baked potatoes, quinoa and vegs, and mac & cheese).

:-) Thanks! :-)

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

ahh awesome!! now thats what i love to hear. GOod training, good food, even better company!

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

oh and yes, chicken and rice with tomatoes and braggs amino’s. SImple crock pot dish.

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Heather @ Better With Veggies February 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I love seeing how the pros fuel, thanks for sharing and for videoing yourself when you first wake up! :)

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LCCotter February 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

scary, isn’t it? my morning face that is. haha.

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Heather @ Better With Veggies February 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Haha – not at all. I thought you looked darn good just waking up. Better than me! ;)

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