The final supper has been had. Now it's time for my final sleep before I kick off my Tri season of 2013 with the Taupo half ironman tomorrow. But this one is a bit different, because I'm part of a 60 strong field of participants taking part in the biggest sports nutrition field research project this country has ever seen. It's been run by Massey university and requires us all to take part in 2 half ironmans, in which we ingest 2 different forms of supplements but not only throughout the race. We have all had our nutrition intake and training strictly monitored this whole week, while today has required us all to eat specifically measured foods and drinks at specific times, all to minimise other affecting variables and to basically standardise our preparation between the two races.
Beyond this uncertainty of what we'll be eating and drinking throughout tomorrow's race, I've also had probably, the biggest roller coaster of a training block for the past 3 months preparing for this race that ive ever had. So needless to say im a bit nervous of my condition, and potential performance tomorrow.
However I have bigger goals this season, so I'm treating this race, and the following half ironman within this study, as good training and learning opportunities.
Time for my final sip of drink, set the alarm for my 4:20am weigh-in, then go nigh nights.
Watch this space for race and study detail updates later this week.