Faris and the Pitfalls of Fast Food
Not everything that tastes good is a perfect energy booster before a 7 km run. Faris Al Sultan, a former professional triathlete and IRONMAN world champion, learnt this the hard way when his craving for something satisfying overcame him before his run in Kaufering.
Faris :“As a young athlete you can take quite a lot: sleeping almost anywhere, on an uncomfortable bed or no bed at all, and constant overtraining. Even with food you’re virtually indestructible.
Anyone who has seen a horde of 18-year-old triathletes storm a hotel buffet will know what I’m talking about. Four Mars bars and two litres of cola on your bike, a whole pack of sandwich biscuits for supper and cold pizza with cola for breakfast. That was me: half a chicken when out on my bike or a family sized packs of sweets ... the mere thought today gives me indigestion.
But even for me there were limits!
On my way to a 7 km run in Kaufering the hunger hit me and I decided to stop at a kebab shop, ordering a whole doner kebab with all the trimmings and chilli sauce on top. It was about two hours before the run and also a KILLER for my digestion.
On warming up the raw onion and chilli flakes worked their way back up to my throat, but luckily slipped back down again as I was waiting for the starter pistol. When it finally fired and I tried to push myself to the limit, however, the mix of meat, onions and chilli rose into my throat and forced me into a crawl. Though I managed to keep the kebab down, the same could be said for my speed. So the race was run and I had learnt a valuable lesson.
If after hearing this story you still don’t want to do without the taste of a kebab or cold pizza, try our new pizza-flavoured ENERGIZE – we call it Bella Italia. A piece of Italy that will definitely be gentler on your stomach ;-)