At Women’s Health, Ator oversees and manages the fitness-related content for the print magazine and online platforms and serves as an expert and talent for the brand’s online fitness videos. While Ator has dipped a toe in the water, participating in several shorter races, this will be her first attempt at anything close to an IRONMAN triathlon. She will juggle a hectic work and travel schedule, family commitments and training to show what’s possible when you set your mind and heart on building something extraordinary.
A Team That’s BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK
While triathlon is considered an individual sport, elite and amateur athletes alike know that behind each athlete’s success is a support team; a team that encourages an athlete as he or she puts his or her body to the ultimate test and provides encouragement as he or she attempts to accomplish a life goal. Joining Ohno and Ator is a team that is BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK, including:
- • Support Crew: Supporting Ohno and Ator are some of the most respected heavy hitters in the sport of triathlon including coaches; eight-time IRONMAN® World Champion, Paula Newby-Fraser; and three-time IRONMAN® World Champion, Craig Alexander. Alexander joined the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Campaign on April 1 and is featured in three new ads – two print and one 30-second TV spot – that feature the IRONMAN® triathlete’s grueling training routine.
- • Training Partners: A stacked team including two-time IRONMAN® World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae and six-time IRONMAN® Champion, Luke McKenzie, who will share training tips and firsthand experience on the importance of post-exercise recovery.
- • Nutritionists: Many elite athletes and endurance experts say that the fourth discipline of triathlon is nutrition. There will be a team of sports dietitians consisting of some of the nation’s top nutrition experts, Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, ACSM HFS and Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, who have both recommended chocolate milk for recovery to athletes for years. They will provide guidelines for overall nutrition and recovery in training and competition throughout the journey.
The Science of Chocolate Milk
More than 20 studies have been done among a variety of athletes, including runners, cyclists and soccer players, which support the advantages of drinking chocolate milk after strenuous exercise. As part of a regular recovery routine, chocolate milk is an ideal way to help athletes refuel, rebuild and reshape muscles after a vigorous workout. In fact, in one recent study, runners ran 23 percent longer in the next run and saw a 38 percent increase in signs of muscle building when they drank fat free chocolate milk after their run, compared to a typical sports drink.1