We are delighted to introduce our first ever husband and wife duo, Stan and Lydia Douglas – triathletes based in Washington – as our Beet It US Ambassadors for September!
We caught up with Stan and Lydia ahead of their month as Beet It Ambassadors. Read our interview below.
“Beet It Sport helps me with my oxygen uptake and I’ve already set a handful of PRs since I’ve been using it!”
“The bars are easy to eat on the go and it helps you feel primed and ready to go on race day!”
How did you get involved in cycling?
Stan: I grew up watching the Tour de France, and always wanted to be one of the guys speeding along in a team time trial.
Lydia: I started cycling to start racing triathlon a few years ago.
Growing up, who was your all-time inspirational sports person?
Stan: Bo Jackson, the man was interested in every sport, and was amazing at them all! Bo Knows!
Lydia: Christy Yamaguchi
What advice would you give to a young, aspiring cyclist?
Stan: Don’t limit yourself to racing, participate in all sorts of events across multiple disciplines of cycling.
Lydia: Don’t worry about how fast you’re going when you start out, just build up the time in the saddle!
Best cycling achievement so far?
Stan: Passing 69 cyclists during this year’s Road Cycling leg of the Ski to Sea.
Lydia: Finishing in the top 10 of my category during my first time trial!
Aspirations in cycling for 2017 and beyond?
Stan: Aiming to win a state time trial championship and a mountain bike series in the same year!
Lydia: Working specifically on time trailing to become a strength for duathlons and triathlons. 70.3 worlds here we come!
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?
Stan: Not only do we compete in road running, trail running, relay races, mountain bike races, time trials, duathlons, and triathlons, but we also compete in dog frisbee competitions with our dogs Ninja and Shogun.
Lydia: I have a fake front tooth from a basketball accident.
What are your top sport nutrition tips?
Stan: Plan to take in calories through both real solid foods and liquid calories to give you flexibility on race day, especially if your stomach isn’t working well with one type or the other. Print out a course elevation map beforehand and plan out the best spots on the course to intake calories.
Lydia: Be conscious of your electrolyte intake during endurance events. After hard workouts or racing, make sure to have a protein recovery shake.
What are your top training tips?
Stan: Get your sweat rate tested to figure out what your fluid intake should be. Don’t be afraid to take a day or two off for recovery after a really hard block of training. Practice your race day nutrition during a key workout to make sure your fuelling is adequate and works for you.
Lydia: Always train using the correct form regardless of speed. Learn to control your breathing. Make sure to practice in the gear you plan to race in!
Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?
Stan: Early morning hot shower, followed by an iced mocha, a plyometric heavy warmup, and warm up before the gun, a shot of Beet It Sport!
Lydia: Eat an early morning snack with an electrolyte drink, warmup to a light sweat, and race!