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Discussion: Ailsa MacDonald

in: Bash; Bash > 2017-07-09

Jul 12, 2017 3:05 AM # 
...had never run a 100 miler before! I think I'd retire and go out on top. ;)
Jul 12, 2017 2:39 PM # 
I love that she's drinking a cold beer after leg 3!!
It may be just me, but it seems that more ultra-women drink beer during races than ultra-men??
... or maybe I just pay more attention to ultra-women :-)
Jul 12, 2017 3:00 PM # 
Beer is seldom available but apparently it's effective! When Browner and I did the Leatherwood Ultra in North Carolina, the final aid station offered beer, margaritas and a comfy chair. :)
Jul 12, 2017 4:22 PM # 
When I lived in North Van in the 90's I used to run with a personal trainer who worked a lot with Ultra runners (primarily women). He was the first one to tell me that beer consumption was 'common' during ultra's. He was French (Cdn), a lot of the runners were German... if that matters?
Jul 12, 2017 4:49 PM # 
I had a margarita in the final kms of Leatherwood but I've turned down alcohol in other ultras. I didn't know some people made it a regular part of their routine!

Longer ultraruns push my body to the edge in so many ways that I'm afraid to add "medications" to the equation. Other than that time when I smashed my knee in the race with you and Will, I can't remember the last time I used ibuprofen in a race. Even the effects of caffeine make me nervous after awhile, which may be why sleep deprivation has been my Achilles heel. I suspect alcohol would make that worse. But it was a nice treat with a short distance to go in a 50 miler!
Jul 12, 2017 5:59 PM # 
I've heard conflicting data on moderate beer consumption and it's ability to enhance/improve rehydration... but the nutrients, sugars etc would make it better than water (if not used excessively) at some points.

Michel simply said "it's de fastest way to make de energy readi to de body, yu no"
excuse my poor French :-)
Jul 12, 2017 6:07 PM # 
I will have to practise when I'm not racing then. Just to build up my tolerance. :)
Jul 12, 2017 6:20 PM # 
I think a study is in order

If serious runners can enhance performance with moderate beer consumption then it stands to reason that serious beer drinkers can enhance performance with moderate running.... is that how that works?
Scarborough Scholars ... where science meets philosophy - since 1975
Jul 12, 2017 6:48 PM # 
I bet the salt in the margarita would taste amazing during a run.
Jul 12, 2017 7:12 PM # 
Oh my goodness, it was perfect. :)

Browner did 50K and I did 50 miles where I visited the alcoholic aid station twice. This photo was taken when Browner was getting close to the end; she chose beer and I stuck with water on my first visit. Alas, there is no photo of my margarita when I visited this aid station again 30K later.

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