In anticipation of my upcoming olympic distance triathlon, I decided to do a 25 mile bike time trial of sorts this morning. I wanted to get a gauge on my speed so I can set appropriate expectations for my training and race day. While I had rode 25 miles (and then some) plenty of times, my goals were different. Century training was all about just getting the miles done, not about speed. For the tri I want to work on speed.
I completed the 25 miles in 1:34:06 with an average speed of 15.9 MPH. I was pretty happy with that since this was my longest ride since the century three weeks ago.
On the ride I also tried a new sports drink – Hammer Nutrition HEED in Subtle Strawberry flavor.
I received some Hammer product samples in my swag bag from the century ride. I have heard great things about the Hammer products, but have never really used them myself. I have been pretty loyal to Clif products, but struggle to find a sports drink I love. I was excited about trying HEED for a few reasons:
– Advertised to be not “sugary-sweet”. This is always a problem for me with sports drink. I don;t eat or drink sugary things, so when I do I get a slimy coating in mouth that drives me crazy.
– Only 2 grams of sugar. Even the less-sweet sports drinks I have found still have 12+ grams of sugar per serving.
I really liked the subtle flavor and look forward to trying the Lemon-Lime flavor. I think I will like that more than the strawberry.