The race is so close I can feel it! Over the last several weeks I have been playing around with different combinations of foods/drinks on my long rides. I have read A LOT of blog posts, information, etc about what to eat, calories, etc. I have it close to narrowed down for the race but still want to test on another combo on one of my last long rides this Saturday. I reached out to my Ironman pal Reilly, who races for Hammer Nutrition, to see what he would recommend. A while back, in between a double spin class, he had me try a concoction of Hammer Heed and Perpetuem. I was not sure if I should go down that road again. I am glad I asked him because he recommended that I take a bottle with perpetuem and a bottle with energy drink (nuun is my preference). You can read his full answer here. I weigh less than 150 but more than 120 (more like in the middle) but when I followed up with him, he reported back to still use three scoops. I will try it out on the ride this weekend and report back.
In addition to the two bottles, I plan to take a peanut butter sandwich (cut into pieces) and a couple of clif shots. I have tried stinger waffles but I think I would rather have peanut butter. My body likes/responds well to real food.