Racing Ironman costs quite a bit of money. I’m not just talking about the registration fee of $600+. I’m not talking about the cost of the bike, the helmet, the cycling shoes, the running shoes, the wetsuit, the travel costs as that alone is a lot. What I’m talking about is what it costs to Feed An Ironman.
We consume calories like most people breathe. We need to fuel our swims, our rides and our runs. We need to recover from said training. There are the late night sneak attacks on the pantry. There is the breakfast order of eggs, waffles, pancakes and two sides of toast. If you are not swimming, cycling or running you are stuffing your face hole. Sleep? That falls in line as the 5th item that an Ironman or Ironman in training needs. We are awake for 17-18 hours and you are training or eating to train or recover.
With that in mind I had exchanged emails with Summer Bailey who is training for her first Ironman, which will take place in November at Ironman Florida. We were discussing training and proper fueling / hydration for the 140.6 mile race. From there we were talking about all the food we eat and whether or not it would be cheaper for a vegetarian versus a carnivore.
With that as way of background I am bringing you Feeding An Ironman. We will go over the costs and what that resulted in terms of food, supplements, training products, etc.
Week 1 of Ironman Arizona was last week and I spent a total of $215.71 on feeding my passion. The dollars break down as follows: $89.06 for groceries, $111.21 for supplements and training items and lastly $15 for eating out.
The $89.06 netted me nearly 7 bags of groceries. I had bananas, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, coconut milk, etc. Just about everything I would need for nearly two weeks worth of cooking. I made my favorites which include veggie tacos (homemade tortillas of course), veggie stir fry (also the quinoa version), quinoa and roasted vegetables, quinoa and chickpea veggie burger (recipe here) and the always on hand oatmeal and almond butter (homemade of course) and jelly sandwiches.
The $111.21 garnered me items for my smoothies but most importantly netted me the items I need for being on the bike for hours on end. Lastly, the $15 for eating out is part of a networking group I attend and is the only time I ate out all week.
I am very happy that this bill is not bigger but we are still in the base building phase and when we hit peak phase that amount is sure to jump.
What Do You Think It Would Cost Weekly To Feed An Ironman?
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