What kept me hydrated on the last 13.1 miles of my 70.3 adventure?
Outside PR wanted to help me finish my 70.3 strong, so they sent me a Hydrapak Selva to train & race with.
The Selva has room for 70 oz of water, plenty of pockets for storage. It could even fit a lightweight jacket or arm warmers with room to spare once you're warmed up on the run. This hydration pack quickly became my replacement for my belt. It was freeing to not have anything strapped to my waist. The back was cushioned, straps comfortable with minimal bounce, and an easy to drink from bite-down spout.
|Look at all the awesome pockets!|
After 2 runs with it, it started leaking from where the tube attached to the reservoir. I tried de-taching & re-attaching. I put towels around it, to try and contain it. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Lucky for me, the teams at Outside PR & Hydrapak were quick to fix my problem.
They told me to try lubricating the attachment, but also sent me a new elite reservoir with an easy button attachment.
|side by side comparison. Regular Left, Elite Right|
|Easy push button release|
I got one short training run in before the big race, leak free! Thank goodness!
The morning of the race, I filled the Selva reservoir with ice, then just before heading out of transition for my swim, added the water. After a fun 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike, I slipped on my Hydrapak for the half marathon.
I kind of wish I wore it for the bike, since I am awful at bottle handups (close to crashing). I loved having my own water without needing an aid station on the run. I was one of the few triathletes carrying hydration with me, weird!
I had my extra fuel, just in case stashed inside, and it never felt too heavy. In fact, my back felt much more comfortable with the Hydrapak than with my typical hydration belt.
I finished Pumpkinman 70.3 never feeling thirsty, and with a huge smile on my face.
Read the Race Report HERE.
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