26 Feb '13, 4pm

[email protected] and @USATriathlon hall of famer @Bob_Babbitt shares his favorite lessons from 35 years in the sport:

.@Ironmantri and @USATriathlon hall of famer @Bob_Babbitt shares his favorite lessons from 35 years in the sport:

Experts are great, but becoming an expert on you is even better. Chris McCormack always had problems in the Kona heat during his early days of racing Hawaii. He worked with physiologists and nutritionists to figure out the best ways for a “bigger” guy like him to deal with the heat and to fuel up during the race. In 2005, as he was falling further off the pace on the way out to the bike turnaround in Hawi, 1996 Ironman world champion Thomas Hellriegel passed him, could tell he was struggling, and suggested that Macca drink some Coke. “I was told to never drink Coke in a race by the nutritionists,” Macca said. “I was pretty frustrated and desperate at that point of the race, so I drank a Coke and it was like jet fuel.” McCormack had his best Kona that day up until that point, ran 2:49 off the bike and finished sixth, his first time in the top 10. He learned the hard way tha...

Full article: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2013/02/training/bob-babb...

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