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BUT ALL THE PROS USE THEM!
Yes. Yes they do. Mercifully for them they are paid to. But how do they minimize the damage? We had the manager of FuelBelt's athlete sponsorship answer that question in this article. They all seem to favor the two bottle over the four bottle version (interesting) and they fill them with gels. So, yeah, at least that way the contents of the bottles will last them the entire event. At the end they lug an empty belt of empty bottles over the finish line for the cameras. Personally, I suggest using whatever is on the course if there's not a check attached to it.
OH, NO BUT I *MUST* HAVE THE STRAWBERRY FLAVORED GU BRAND I'VE BEEN SPECIFICALLY TRAINING WITH.
Grow a pair, Ironman, vanilla is not going to kill you. Or, if you're really that sensitive to various food flavor additives, find out what gels they are giving out on the course and train with those. Try and get the most out of your over priced entry fee.
BUT WHERE AM I GOING TO STORE MY GELS?
In your pockets. They have them built into your tri suit now to justify charging you $150 for a piece of lycra.
HANG ON, DIDN'T HEATHER JACKSON JUST WIN THE ALCATRAZ TRIATHLON THE OTHER WEEKEND WEARING A FUEL BELT?
|Heather Jackson wins Alcatraz in a Fuel Belt...|
|...without any fuel on it. |
BUT MY RUN LEADER AT THE FLEET FEET RUNNING GROUP TOLD ME WE NEEDED ONE FOR OUR TRAINING RUNS?