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Carbs and Running Economy: Data from the trenches

Theories and discussion are nice, but putting ideas/concepts/principles into practice and seeing (positive) change is nicer. I want to share with you some really interesting before-and-after data on diet and running economy in a triathlete. For …

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(Yet another) reason why low carb diets can make you slower

Low-carb, high-fat. Teach your body to burn more fat so you can be more “efficient”, right? No. Low-carb diets ruin running economy. And cycling efficiency. I’ve written about this before: Fat Burning – Why it’s overrated …

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Cycling Fluid Intake

A brand new meta-analysis came out recently, aiming to figure the effects of drinking during endurance cycling. Here are the key points, as published in the paper:     The effects are complex and need …

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Look “under the hood” to fuel smarter

Everyone who trains for a triathlon wants to get faster, but how do you know if your training and nutrition are aligned with what your body actually needs? I’ve written previously about the variations we …

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I did Ironman to become a better dietitian (and here’s what I found out)

2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. While doing a race like this would sound like a terrible idea to 99% of people, as a sports dietitian I work mainly with the 1% …

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Nutrition from Winter to Spring (video)

Nutrition needs for athletes are greatly affected by things like temperature, humidity, altitude, and the length of the workout or race, as well as by the amount of time spent acclimating in a new environment. …

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What’s your running economy? A tale of two runners

TL,DR: Running efficiency refers to a measure of how much oxygen you need to run a given pace. This can vary greatly among individuals, and we can measure it in a lab. The three main …

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Here’s why you need a nutrition plan for your next race

  “I’ll just eat when I’m hungry and drink when I’m thirsty.” This is the approach that many endurance athletes, at all levels, take with their fueling. While it may seem sensible at first, there …

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Fat Burning – Why It’s Overrated for the Competitive Endurance Athlete

People often say that fat is your body’s preferred fuel source for endurance sports. This has led to somewhat of an obsession among cyclists, runners, and triathletes to work on improving their fat-burning ability by …

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Forward Thinking (part 2)… The next steps in your strategic carb intake

This is the second installment of a series on how strategic manipulation of your carbohydrate intake can lead to better training adaptations, and in turn better performance. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would …

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