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Karen Toulmin - Triathlete

January 25, 2018

Karen Toulmin - Triathlete

2017 was my first year racing as a professional. It was a year of new experiences, stepping up to race against the big girls. Some of my achievements and career highlights last year included:

5th pro female, Bintan 70.3, Indonesia. I bought home my first professional prizemoney and experienced racing in high heat and humidity.
2nd female, Harbour to Hills half ironman, Napier
2nd Female,  Rotorua 3D multisport festival, Duathlon.
2nd Female, Mt Tauhara off road half marathon
1st Female, Hatuma half marathon with new course record and new half marathon PB of 1:23:19
7th Pro female, Challenge Shepparton
4th Female, Rotorua Half ironman.

Being a mum of 2, and running our 211ha Sheep and beef property, Life is very busy!

Between kids and farmwork, I also fit in my training schedule. We live 50kms to my nearest pool, so I do rack up the miles driving to town for swimming training. I am very lucky to have an excellent variety of roads and terrain to bike and run, out my back door.  This year, my youngest goes to school which will change my training dynamics. I love being outdoors, and I get a real kick out of getting faster, stronger and better at what im doing. This is a huge motivator- seeing results. I love being a motivator for other people to get out there and have a go. Just because you may have work and family commitments, it is your choice to make time for doing what you love. My family are very supportive, which makes it possible.

My plans for 2018 are to build on last years results. I have some off road xterra racing planned and some travel to race again in Asia during the NZ winter. The first half of the year includes Challenge Wanaka, Triple Peaks 50km ultramarathon, Harbour to Hills Half Ironman, Challenge Melbourne to name a few.

Gu products:
I like to keep my hydration and my energy calories separate, so I typically use Gu Hydration mix, which is low carb, for my hydration and electrolyte requirements.  I generally try and consume about 1-1.5g of carbohydrates per kg of my bodyweight per hour. Typically in a half ironman race I will have a Gu gel + hydration mix drink pre race start, 2 bottles of Gu hydration mix + gels and chews, and a bar on the bike, and on the run I will take in Gu chews and drink coke and water at the aid stations. Through trial and error, I know that my raceday nutrition works, which means that during training, I can include more real food such as peanut butter sandwiches and bars with my fluid intake.  During running events, I tend to take in just gels and no solid food to avoid GI upset.


My favourite GU gel flavours are the chocolate Mint, the Hoka Toasted Marshmallow and the campfire smores, and my favourite chews are the blueberry pomegranate.





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