There’s almost nothing triathletes loathe more than being sidelined with an illness. The idea of lying in bed or slumbering on the couch while our friends are out training is sheer torture! We panic and visualize our hard earned fitness slipping away. In our short-sighted thinking we either push through only delaying the illness and missing more workouts, or we take a step back, think long term, view it as a life giving us a rest day(s), and get well. So how do you know when and how to resume training after an illness?
Triathletes devote precious time, energy, and hard earned money on the single goal of reaching the finish line faster than the time before. From the lightest, most aero triathlon bike – sleekest helmet – tightest kit – customized training plan- to the most precise fuel/hydration plan and daily nutrition protocol, the odds are in our favor, right? You’d hope so with this level of attention to detail, but without proper recovery, all of that “devotion” is for not.
For many people, a new year means a new resolution. You’re ready to finally change those pesky hard-to-shake habits. I’d venture to guess that weight loss is the MOST universal New Year’s resolution of all time. Why am I so confident? Quick fixes, fad diets, liquid diets, detoxes, fasting, diets that depend on a company’s proprietary products and supplements, diets that remove whole food groups, and diets that leave you feeling hungry have been around for eternity and will persist simply because they are NOT designed to work. Yep, there I said it. The truth is, [Read more…]
As the days get shorter and the temps cooler it’s officially post-season for triathletes who live and train in the northern hemisphere. During these months, we flock to indoor pools, indoor trainer sessions, and camp out on treadmills. Despite following a balanced and varied diet, the prevalence of low vitamin D, deficient calcium consumption combined with reduced sunlight exposure [Read more…]
It is a common belief among endurance triathletes that we perform at a higher level with a lean, mean fighting machine. And, after all, we spend numerous training hours donning skintight attire that leaves little to the imagination. Triathletes come in all shapes and sizes and shouldn’t be judged by their appearance. The art of comparison runs rampant in the triathlon world, [Read more…]
Congratulations, you’re headed to Kona! Whether it’s your first time racing on the Big Island or your tenth, you need to be prepared for what Mother Nature serves up. Ironman athletes racing in Kona are not new to the sport but may be surprised by how the Big Island winds, heat, and humidity can make a tough day even tougher! Read on for my top hydration and electrolyte tips for hot races. [Read more…]
What time of year should a triathlete to improve body composition and achieve optimal weight?
It is a common belief among endurance triathletes that we perform at a higher level with a lean, mean fighting machine. And, after all, we spend numerous training hours donning skintight attire that leaves little to the imagination. [Read more…]
I’ve been a registered dietitian for 25 years, and I have yet to meet an athlete who doesn’t struggle with cravings. Unmanaged, cravings can throw a carefully designed nutrition regimen out of whack. Cravings tend to come later in the day, without warning, just when you’ve let your guard down, and can derail an athlete’s daily nutritional balance. One athlete I know describes cravings as a “black hole that sucks me in and I lose complete control of all willpower as I tear through my pantry. It’s demoralizing.”