I always thought I was one of the most resilient eaters that I knew. I felt like I could consume pretty much anything and rarely was my stomach upset. But when it comes to athletics, my stomach does a total 180. I remember when I was 12 years old competing at the Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Salem, OR and drinking OJ just before the race. Less than a half mile into the run I literally threw up all over some poor, unsuspecting girl’s spikes. I remember the gasp of disbelief and disgust as I projectile vomited all over her. Being the competitor that I was though, I just yelled “Sorry!” and kept going. The memory still makes me cringe to this day.
When I came back to sport and started competing in triathlons, I initially refused to eat or drink ANYTHING during races. In my first 70.3 I didn’t eat or drink a single calorie or drop of fluid. What a mistake! But as I have evolved as a triathlete, so has my fueling, and over time I have come to realize that I do not do well with consuming high-fructose-based products. My stomach simply can’t take it. Which is how and why I came to start using Clif. Everything Clif make has simple ingredients and no fructose, which means it is easy on my stomach. Clif products are amazing, and I feel so lucky to be working with a company and brand that meets my needs day in and day out as I swim, bike and run my way through every session. This video, produced by the amazing Verdict Digital team, gives a little glimpse into my fueling patterns with the Clif goods! Thanks Clif for being part of my journey!
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