So this is my first blog for UCAN as an Ambassador. I’ve been a triathlete for a few years and over time have tried a variety of products. Each claimed they would be the best, yet each claimed an unfortunate effect on my GI system, which ultimately affects the ability to race your best. To find a product that settles well, has zero sugar and eliminates GI distress – it has to be tried. A few friends I raced with in the USA used UCAN and so I began my quest to get it here in NZ.
Originally, I was a swimmer and competed at a reasonable level. One day while watching TV, I saw my first triathlon. I thought ‘I can do that, all I need to do is to learn how to ride a bike again’. I entered a race and bought a cheap 58cm frame bike, it looked a bit big (I’m 1.70m tall) and 10 days later raced. I couldn’t believe I came 2nd in my first event. So much to learn though and it would start with a bike that fitted me properly.
Over the years I’ve been privileged and lucky to become a better athlete and race all over the World. National, European and World medals have been gained, but more than that it’s been the friends I’ve made along the way and other people I can inspire to take the journey into a new sport.
This year I decided to book in my first marathon, Rotorua to be exact. A scenic ‘jog’ around a beautiful lake in Rotorua, NZ. I had started my longer runs, but I was still reluctant to take on any nutrition. I got my first batch of UCAN Tropical orange and thought I’d give it a go on a long off road run. I used it as per the instructions and various webinars I had watched and put it in my fuel belt. 2hrs and 30 minutes later, I finished my run with no GI issues. I was overjoyed and couldn’t wait for my next long run.
4 weeks later saw me on the start line, more than a little nervous to say the least. I’d planned my nutrition well and had even made up UCAN ‘gels’ for my fuel belt. I set out at a steady pace (it felt easy, but that’s what it was meant to be) as I knew the last bit would be the hardest. I hadn’t run more than 32km going into it, so didn’t want to blow up and have to walk. I kept hydrated with the UCAN (half way) and water at some aid stations, used my gels when I needed to and finished all my race fuel. I crossed the line in 3.30, which I was stoked about. Not too bad for a first attempt. More than that though, I was delighted to have no GI problems throughout the race. I couldn’t have been happier.
UCAN simply works and I’m delighted to be a part of the programme.
Vicki runs a business in New Zealand specializing in Sports Podiatry and Biomechanics. She also is a qualified Sports Massage therapist treating athletes from recreational to elite level. When not working or training, she coaches in triathlon (Level 2 BTF coach) and is a Cycling New Zealand track coach and mentor.Vicki Wade
Vicki runs a business in New Zealand specializing in Sports Podiatry and Biomechanics. She also is a qualified Sports Massage therapist treating athletes from recreational to elite level. When not working or training, she coaches in triathlon (Level 2 BTF coach) and is a Cycling New Zealand track coach and mentor.