I was 3 miles into the run of my first 70.3 triathlon when I bonked. As a former marathon runner, I had hit the infamous “wall” at mile 20 before and experienced the pain of the last 6.2 miles of the marathon. This was different. I had already been out there for over 4 hours and I still had 10 miles to run. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. Somehow I did. It was probably the longest, most painful 10 miles I have run in my life. And I never wanted it to happen again.
After the race, I evaluated everything. It wasn’t my training. I had put in the time and I felt good about my fitness level. It had to be nutrition. Had I taken in enough fuel for energy, enough fluids and electrolytes to stay hydrated? Fuel-yes. Fluids-definitely not. I was dehydrated by the time I had gotten to the run and instant recovery was not possible. I had to be smarter next time.