Triathlete Emma Sowden has incorporated Bexters Soda Crystals into her gruelling training programme as she prepares for Ironman UK in July. This is her first full Ironman event, having completed two half events last year, and we shall be tracking her progress in this occasional blog.
She used Bexters for the first time after the Ashby 20 Road Race and was thrilled with the results. After soaking in a warm bath, she wrapped the crystals overnight around an ankle, where she is prone to swelling.
“After bathing I didn’t feel any of the usual fatigue that I would normally expect after a lengthy training session,” she said. “Having used the wrap (see picture), next morning I had no pain at all in my foot which felt fantastic! In comparison, the other foot definitely felt like it had been through the mill so in future I will wrap both ankles at the same time to keep my body in balance.”
Known as the most challenging endurance event in the world, Ironman starts with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and 25.2 mile run. It is the ultimate test for any triathlete and Emma will be joining some of the country’s most successful competitors for the UK event in Bolton.
A keen runner who completed several marathons before taking up triathlon last year, Emma had tried various remedies to ease her aching muscles. She told us: “If I am not working I am training, with a full schedule of races leading up to the main event. Post-training recovery has been an issue and it seems as if Bexters could be the answer.”