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Monday
Jun182012

A Speedy Race to Poolside Transition

Occasionally, I (Elana) break from the normal Italian food love fest and talk about eating as it relates to this triathlon training thing that I do.

I do not want to bore you with split times and racing stats. What I do want to bring you is the following:

Wack-a-doodle stories of me forgetting my pants, practically getting blown off mountains, flopping around helplessly in the water and the food it takes to get me to and from these places.

As it's summer, triathlon racing season is in full-swing. In addition to the normal swim/bike/run race sequence, an athlete must deal with two timed transitions. 

The first involves a completely ungraceful wetsuit stripping (aided by copious amounts of Body Glide and cursing) and bike mounting.

The second features a bike dismount, and a footwear change (also occasionally involving cursing) for the run. I have often reviewed my transition times trying to determine what the %$^& I was doing in there for so long. My hair? Having a tea party? Certainly not signing autographs, I can tell you that much.

Here are some of the things I keep in my transition area:

And let's not forget the bicycle! It's a lot of gear. Some of these items are designed to make me go faster, like the Rudy Project aero helmet. It has the added bonus of making me look like a 1950's space traveller:

It's an aggressive look out of context, but with the full effect of the bike, it all works out:

But while there is much talk of these two race transitions, not much is said about "T3", the final transition. How does one smoothly segue from rabid badger, frothing-at-the-mouth-athlete crossing the finish line to normal, reconstructed person ready to party poolside? This part, I can handle.

Last year at my first Full Throttle triathlon in South Beach, I learned about the Vonder Slide. A fabulous Big Lebowksi-inspired ice-blended drink. The drink was named after my teammate Karen who put the whole ice-blended variation on it.

This year Karen updated the drink. Zico Coconut Water was a sponsor of the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. I love race sponsors. They set up tents at the finish line and give away free samples! Sometimes unlimited amounts of them! Such was the case with Zico, who generously filled Karen's tri bag (a bag large enough to fit a small person inside) with mini Chocolate Flavored Zico's.

Upon our return to our hotel, we waltzed up to the poolside bar, 8,000 Zico's in hand and demanded (in a nice way) that the bartender make us Vonder Slides with our chocolate coconut waters. Which she did. Repeatedly and with great success (see the first photo).

Now, before I launch into the recipe for these little masterpieces, I should note the pro's and con's of coconut water. Please keep in mind this is NOT an exhaustive list.

PRO's: great hydration capabilities, lots of electrolytes, potassium, vitamins, etc.

CON's: Natural laxative.

Now, don't misunderstand...the above con is not truly all that bad. It's great to keep things moving in a...um...natural way. However, let it be a warning to those unfamiliar with coconut water. You might want to approach with caution or moderation. Or both.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for the Zico Coconut Water Vonder Slide Update:

* None of the companies mentioned in this post, including Zico are paying me to say any of this. I promise.

What You Need:
Makes 2 drinks
A blender
Ice - 2 scoops
2 8 oz chocolate Zico coconut waters (or 1 large one)
1/4 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup almond milk (healthy version) or half and half for a creaminess

What To Do:
Throw all the ingredients in the blender and whip it up to your desired consistency. You can add more ice if it's not icy enough for you.

Once you have established your desired consistency, pour your concoction into tall glasses.

Don't forget the straws!

Head to the pool - make sure you've changed out of your race clothes and into your bathing suit!

Hand any hardware that you may have collected along the way to The Box. He'll hang on to it for you.