Sunday, November 29, 2009

Javelina Jundred Food, Fluid and Status Log

I have heard it said that an ultramarathon is an eating and drinking competition with some exercise thrown in and based on my experience I would have to say that I agree with that sentiment. This is something I really first learned in Ironman racing. I was never very successful until I got my nutrition correct and I really struggled with that. Similarly in ultramarathon I still find myself struggling with nutrition. I am very glad to have had participated in the research study at Javelina because even with the limited information I have received so far I am already seeing some important things.

I drank 5.4 gallons of fluid which was enough to keep my weight up to an acceptable level. What I don't know yet is what my specific calorie intake was. When I look back on my race I know that I wasn't flexible enough in my attempts at calorie intake and hence my nausea and vomiting. I kept trying to stick with the carbo pro and I think that was making me sick. Of course the problem is that once you start making bad nutritional decisions everything else starts to go downhill including your ability to think clearly enough to make good nutritional decisions.

However, I am getting better at saving myself or asking for the help I need to save myself in the middle of a race.

I sure am looking forward to next season to try out some of what I have learned this season.

Lap 1 - 3 hours 6 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 9:06 a.m.
Two mixed bottles of Carbo Pro and water
3 oz Carbo Pro in each bottle
17 oz water in each bottle
One 20 oz bottle Gatorade
½ PBJ sandwich
2 cans Slimfast Optima Milk Chocolate Shake (325 ml/can)

Physical/mental status - Ok

Lap 2 - 3 hours 26 minutes from 9:07 a.m. to 12:32 p.m.
Six bottles Succeed (20 oz each, so 120 oz total)
½ PBJ sandwich
1 Gu
2 tiny chocolate brownies

Physical/mental status - Ok

Lap 3 - 4 hours 56 minutes from 12:33 p.m. to 5:29 p.m.
12 S caps
4 bottles water (20 oz each, so 80 oz total)
1 20 oz bottle Succeed
1 mixed bottle of CarboPro and water
3 oz CarboPro
17 oz water
¼ can Slimfast Optima Optima Milk Chocolate Shake (325 ml/can)
½ PBJ sandwich
17 oz water

Physical/mental status - nausea, vomiting, cramps, lightheadedness, confusion

Lap 4 - 5 hours 16 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 10:46 p.m.
3 cups chicken noodle soup
¾ PBJ sandwich
2/3 PBJ sandwich
3 cups Ginger Ale
20 oz Mountain Dew
60 oz water
8 pretzel peanut butter nuggets
4 Sports Legs capsules
2 cups Mountain Dew
1 cup potato soup
10 pretzel peanut butter nuggets

Physical/mental status - nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness

Lap 5 - 5 hours 6 minutes from 10:47 p.m. to 3:53 a.m.
50 oz water
10 oz water/Coke
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup Ginger Ale
1 PowerGel
2 cups chicken noodle soup

Physical/mental status - nausea, headache, confusion, inability to concentrate

Lap 6 - 4 hours 43 minutes from 3:54 a.m. to 8:37 a.m.
1 Excel gel
2 Gu
40 oz water
2 cups chicken noodle soup
1 cup Ginger Ale
¼ PBJ sandwich
4 oz Succeed
4 oz water
1 Excel gel
8 oz water

Physical/mental status - confusion, inability to concentrate

Lap 7 - 3 hours 11 minutes from 8:38 a.m. to 11:49 a.m.
2 Excel gels
60 oz water
1 cup Ginger Ale

Physical/mental status - lightheadedness, confusion, inability to concentrate, dizziness


  1. Why do S-caps only show up on lap 3? I like S-caps.

    And I've heard Gatorade is bad. Any thoughts on that?

    Looks like you needed a fried egg sandwich in there somewhere. :)

  2. You only see S-caps on lap three because I'm an idiot. I like S-caps too but was counting on getting my electrolyte replacement from my carbopro, which wasn't working out well for me so I switched to drinking a ton of water and snapping s-caps but I practically OD'd on them during lap three and it was suggested to me that I back off…and then I probably forgot what I was doing.