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How are you handling your long runs?

How are you handling your long runs?

Back 2 years ago, I was having issues making the long runs work, and feeling like they were helping my training instead of hurting it, or at minimum not helping much. Then, I listened to this podcast and it changed a lot of things for me and the athletes I coach. Make...

POOLS ARE CLOSED, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO!?

POOLS ARE CLOSED, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO!?

What the state of affairs around the world here on March 19, 2020, everyone has been shaken up and schedule, routines and daily life has been flipped on it's head.  I know for me personally, all pools and gyms around me are closed, as they should be, and I am home...

BARE PERFORMANCE NUTRITION WHEY PROTEIN REVIEW

BARE PERFORMANCE NUTRITION WHEY PROTEIN REVIEW

Check out the latest product review for Bare Performance Nutrition whey protein.  We have been using different flavors in our house for a few weeks and the true test of a product that you pay for, not given to us for the review, is would you buy it again!?  Watch and...

Set up your Garmin for triathlon training

Set up your Garmin for triathlon training

This post will serve as some basics to get you up and running with your new Garmin fitness watch. Most of this will be based on the Fenix 5X Plus, however the Fenix series and multisport series watches are very similar. At the end of the day if you have any questions...

PROTEIN PANCAKES

PROTEIN PANCAKES

1/2 scoop protein powder - we use vegan, but vanilla, whey, etc would work as well.  Depends on taste, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 large egg white 1/4 cup oat flour...

CBD Usage in IRONMAN

CBD Usage in IRONMAN

Wow... USAT partners with CBD company.... Kansas City Marathon partners with CBD company as well... never thought I'd see the day when major endurance event brands are going into the nebulous supplement markets.  I mean, I get the monetary implications of these brands...

GYST TRIATHLON BACKPACK KICKSTARTER

GYST TRIATHLON BACKPACK KICKSTARTER

It's the off season... what's that mean?  Time to replace your haggard gear. I try to avoid pimping too much gear and deals on the posts,  but I have been a fan of GYST for a while now (and they are a Set The Pace partner) and they have a new backpack aimed at...

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TIP OF THE WEEK // Nutrition Start Point

There's SO MUCH out there these days when it comes to nutrition and food in general. Keto. Paleo. Low Carb. Gluten free. Sugar free. Fat free. Whole foods... and then all these businesses that promote nutrition for endurance sports and athletes.

With all this noise about food, where do you start!?

1. Are you racing an event that will provide nutrition on course? If so, I highly recommend trying that out first in training. If you want to not have to carry so much in a race and use on course, or you lose your stuff during the race and need to use theirs, at least you will know if it works or not.

2. Most companies will provide samples to hook you. Always look for sample kits or just ask for a sample from their social media accounts.

3. In conjunction with 2, don't buy a season supply until you test it out. Training, long days, hot days, cold days... know how you will react before forking over your cash.

4. Do your homework. Not all nutrition is made the same. A fancy package may not equate to the best nutritional value. I'm leery of a company that appears to put more into marketing than R&D.

5. You may find that the best option is the highest priced. Be ready for that. Sometimes to get the best you have to pay for it. Sometimes you may win out and the lowest cost option is the best. Just be ready.

6. Some companies make multiple products. And, some of those products are meant to work together. Again, do your homework. If a bar and fluid supplement from the same brand is recommended to go together, it is designed that way and may be missing components if you only take one and use another brand,

7. If you do find a brand that works, LOAD up when they have a sale minding expiration dates. Black Friday is usually the best sales. Pay attention and don't get caught off guard running out for race day or dwindling training supply.

8. Sometimes real food is the best option. There are home made options out there that work just as well. Find a book on the subject with recipes and don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves.

9. What works for your bud may not work for you. Don't force it if you find something gives you GI issues and your buddy is fine. Not all guts are made the same.

10. DO NOT TRY ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. Want to try red bull? Flat coke? Sports chews? Do it in training before race day. Back to trying brands on the course, perhaps to at least know how you will respond in the event you lose your goodies.

11. You don't have to use sports gels and bars. They are the most prolific on course, but it's not the only option. And, it's not to say you could use gels and bars and then switch to other solids and then liquids on the run. As you get deeper into it, you may find different products are best at different times. Not everyone can handle solids on the run, but the bike is fine. Again, practice food like you would swim, bike and run in training.
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Inadvertently completed IMVR2 2021 this morning... forgot to stop my workout and save at the 10k and did 9.5 miles for my time... oops.
Be like me, do IMVR2. Don't be like me and overdo IMVR2...
#anywhereispossible
#triathlon
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Inadvertently completed IMVR2 2021 this morning... forgot to stop my workout and save at the 10k and did 9.5 miles for my time... oops.
Be like me, do IMVR2. Don't be like me and overdo IMVR2...
#anywhereispossible
#triathlon
#ironman