This is Michael posting, as Amanda is pretty upset at the moment, and does not feel up to writing a report. I’m sure she’ll get around to posting something later this week, but I wanted to let everyone know the gist of what happened up in Madison today.
Amanda was off to a strong start through the swim and first couple hours of the bike. She was doing everything she could to ensure that she had a good race, and she followed her nutritional plan to the tee. However, at two hours into the ride, she began to experience some severe indigestion, and realized that she was no longer absorbing what she was taking in. As this has happened to her in training, she took the necessary precautions to see that she reversed the trend. Sadly, these steps did not seem to be working as they had in training.
Her pace slowed dramatically for the next two+ hours, as she was unable to take in anything but water. She figured that the gastric emptying would speed back up with the significantly reduced intensity/ speed. However, by 4 hours 30 minutes into the ride, she new she needed to take in some more calories, as she was getting hungry. She did her best to consume enough food/ liquid to prepare herself for the marathon.
Once out on the run, she realized that things were going to get worse. The large window…