Good coffee, really good coffee, is the only coffee worth drinking in my book. However, I actually drink more caffeinated coffee when I’m on vacation than in my regular life. In training, I will have a few caffeinated gels mid-race, but rarely before. Caffeine can make me too nervous or anxious, but I don’t know why vacation is the exception. I know many athletes use it as an essential pre-race jolt. It’s definitely something to experiment with in training. You don’t want to find out that it makes you jumpy the morning of the race.
If you want to make the good stuff at home, you need to invest in a Nespresso Citiz and automatic frother. (I bought the combo on sale for $249 so look for specials!) Ironman champions Hillary Biscay, Maik Twelsiek and the Lovatos cannot be wrong. After a lot of research, I based my purchase on their reviews. It’s so good, it’s actually saved us money since it makes better coffee than going out!
How do you utilize caffeine in training or racing or otherwise? What’s your favorite coffee?