Lots of athletes are already in Whistler in preparation for Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon.
Until Ironman came to Whistler last year, I wasn’t educated enough on what it really was, and more importantly, how much was involved!
An Ironman triathlon is a race consisting of a 3.86km swim (starting at 7am in a cold Alta Lake here in Whistler!), followed by a quick change (and lots of calories!) and onto a 180.25km bicycle ride through the picturesque Callaghan Valley, all the way to Pemberton and back to Whistler. Oh wait…it doesn’t stop there! The athletes then run a full marathon, 42.2km. This is all done without a break. So now you have the facts, you can see why these athletes are heroes in my eyes!
Most athletes train year round for an Ironman and diet plays a very important role in the lead up to, and during the race. The average athlete consumed 11,000 calories during the race – thats a good 9 days of eating for some of us!
Having done my research and spoken to some of the athletes who have popped by our store before the big race, candy and chocolate cannot be ruled out of an Ironman athletes diet!! There are tales of athletes who would eat nothing but gummy bears during the entire bike section! And another who had pinned bags of gummies and jelly beans to her shorts during her ride!
Take a look below at our great selection of Ironman ready treats which may add some important calories the night before, during and definitely after the big day!
And if you finish within the strict 17 hour time limit, and have been crowned an Ironman, be sure to pop in for a candy treat and show off your medals – you deserve it!