Name: Penny Brown
Home location: Melbourne, Aus. Where else can you train for all conditions in just one day….?
Sport: Triathlon – Ironman these days
Profession and educational background: Teacher
Sports participated in: Grew up playing basketball – I was going to be the next Michelle Timms…then I discovered distance running and triathlon.
Years in current sport: 9 years
What are your main events over the next 12-24 months? Sunshine Coast Marathon, potentially Busselton Ironman!
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports? Reaching the pinnacle of Ironman triathlon in completing Kona, Hawaii. More importantly, arriving to race week having had completed a successful – yet - mentally and physically difficult lead up in training throughout Melbourne winter to reach my physical peak. Despite the thorough preparation, race week can be unforgiving and unpredictable, especially in a foreign country. However, I was content in knowing I had done my best leading up to the race, and whatever happens on race day…happens. It was one of the hottest days on record and I was stoked with my result, finishing in 10hrs 56mins.
What would be your ultimate achievement? Doing an Ironman when I’m old and grey. Like…really old.
How often do you train? Between 6-10 session p/wk, depending on the race.
How do you nutritionally fuel before/during/after events? Before an Ironman; 2x crumpets with jam, banana and yoghurt on top! Hydration is key too, taking in PURE electrolyte hydration two days prior. During a race; a mixture of gels, bars, electrolyte, straight up salt (!) and honey sandwiches. After; proper protein then a cold beer.
Why is nutrition important for you to your performance? Ironman distance racing is a grueling event even with the most stringent of nutrition plans. The best advice my coach has given me is to train as you will race. It’s important to stick to your training plan as well as your nutrition plan leading into major endurance events. Don’t give your body any surprises on race day. Keep surprises for Christmas Day.
Pure Sports Nutrition
What PURE products do you incorporate into your day, training and racing, and when? During long rides I like to keep my PureSport CamelBak bidons filled with pineapple flavoured PURE electrolyte. Post ride smoothies filled with the goodness of whey protein concentrate. Organic Vanilla and Honey is delish!
What is your favourite PURE product and why? I have tried many recovery based proteins but genuinely believe the PURE Whey Protein has the ideal mix of protein and carbohydrates for optimal recovery. It doesn’t leave you feeling bloated from too many CHO and tastes brilliant.