Caroline Gregory is a professional triathlete based in Portland, Oregon.
Caroline aspires to win an Ironman Triathlon, which consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86-km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25-km) cycle and a 26.22-mile (42.20-km) marathon – raced in that order without a break! She achieved a podium finish in her last Ironman Triathlon and is determined to make 1st place with the help of Beet It Sport products.
Caroline says “I heard about Beet It Sport reading nutrition news and discussing the benefits of beet juice with fellow professional athletes. I use Beet It Sport prior to larger training sessions and double my intake the day prior to a race and morning of.”
How did you get involved in triathlon?
I always wanted to do an Ironman, so I jumped into the sport after college (Div I athlete at Univ of Michigan) and my first triathlon was Ironman Coeur D’Alene.
Growing up, who was your all time inspirational athlete?
Closely watched Olympic swimming but no one in particular
What advice would you give to a young, aspiring triathlete?
Be patient, and don’t feel forced to jump into longer distance races. Some athletes are better at sprints, while others shine at the longer Ironman distance. All events have their own challenges so embrace whatever is best for your skillset and lifestyle.
Best triathlon achievement so far?
Podium finish at Ironman, but the best is yet to come.
I use Beet It Sport beet juice prior to larger training sessions, and double my intake the day prior to a race and morning of.
Aspirations in triathlon?
My aspiration has always been to win an Ironman. I’m not done yet….
Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?
I am very laid back before a race. I try to relax as much as possible as the days leading up to a race offer a rare opportunity to relax since training volume is low and I’m not going into work each day. I cut back a bit on the sugary sports drinks and use electrolyte only drinks (ie: Nuun) and lots of water. I do believe in carb loading, but try to be rational about it. I use to stuff my face with pancakes the day before but realized this wasn’t the best approach for me. I eat very simple carbs, and start to eliminate fruits and veggies from my diet two days prior to a race.
What are your top three sport nutrition tips?
1) don’t count calories! 2) Get as much protein as you can, especially for women. Protein after strength workouts, and right before bed really help the body stay fueled and help with body composition/muscle building and retention. 3) Don’t be afraid to eat during training. You need to get the proper nutrition during every training session in order to properly recover for the next workout. This is even more important for triathletes who typically train at least twice each day.
How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
Reading nutrition news, and discussing the benefits of beet juice with fellow professional athletes.
Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?
I use Beet It Sport beet juice prior to larger training sessions, and double my intake the day prior to a race and morning of. Recently I’ve also noticed the great benefits of cherry juice, and drink 6oz 30 minutes before bedtime each night. This helps me fall asleep and helps fight natural inflammation that occurs at night.