Q: When is the best time to have a drink?
A: Enjoying your favorite cocktail at the end of the day can be a way to relax and help strike some life/training balance. In fact, some of the athletes at the very top of the sport do exactly that. For multiple Ironman 70.3 winner Kelly Williamson, drinking a good IPA brew while cooking dinner signifies that the day is done. “It’s something I truly enjoy,” she says. “I know that practically speaking, a regular beer will not negatively affect my training or racing. On the contrary, I think it helps me because I would probably be grumpy and resentful of my profession if I told myself that I couldn’t have it!”
For 2010 Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and her ITU World Long Course champion partner Tim O’Donnell, a bottle of good wine is a regular at the dinner table: “Tim and I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner a few nights per week,” she says. “I don’t think it takes anything away from training (unless we go for bottle number two) and, in fact, I think it helps me unwind and relax after a long day.”