- Diet is the same as normal, though with some modifications from being on the road and not being able to make as much food, though I always get a suite with a kitchen in Tempe so I can still cook stuff. Make sure no gluten, "real" food, etc.
- Rest pattern - Thursday is an easy training day with swim, bike, run. Friday is off. Saturday is short swim, bike, run in short order with some short fast stuff. LOTS of sleep. Take naps. Etc.
- I haven't gone for lab testing. I figured it out myself through trial and error. The lab tests have been very positive for some athletes, but I know lots of other athletes for whom they have not worked. I don't necessarily believe that you ONLY need as much electrolytes as the lab says you sweat out. And even so, I'm not 100% sure that uses swatches placed around the body are really the best method. I.e., I think the lab testing is very good, but I don't think it's 100% reliable for all athletes.
- I really like the EFS line. For me personally, I wish the flavor was stronger. And I could use even more electrolytes - even in training I basically double the electrolytes in the drink. But the bars are awesome - gluten free AND taste good. The gels are very easy to take, even without water; I do my long runs with them and can take the gel even if I don't stop for water. And the drink mixes easily and tastes good in warm weather, but is maybe a bit too mild in cold weather, though still fine. Just in cold weather, really strong flavor is better, so I usually make mine 50% stronger since I drink less (sweat less) in cold weather anyway.
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