Jun 11, 2009

The Muncie Endurathon Report - Nutrition Mumbo Jumbo and my experiement

I am finding it difficult to really wrap my head around what I need for fueling my body these days.

I attempt to think like the athlete I am trying to become, but still eat like a part-time dieter, part-time starving teenage boy.

My weight is stable, which is good, however it needs to be on the downward trend. I am working out a lot, but also taking in a lot of nutrition I would not normaly take in if I was training for a solo sport.

For the swim it is pretty standard, right? You cannot supplement while swimming as it is really hard to consume nutrition in the water, so you fuel for the race in the AM prior to setting sail so-to-speak.

So then you get done with the swim, head into your first transition and get ready to ride. For me this means 56 miles ultimately. I have been practicing my fuel for those 56 miles, and now have been practicing my fuel for getting ready to run a half marathon afterwards.

In training I am riding long then running short, however I am fuelling just like I would in the race so my stomach is used to the calories and the particular nutrition supplements that I will be using.

I have my mix down, but it is so many calories compared to what I am burning.

All of this has driven me to do some research on fueling for athletes. This made me shudder a little as looking at me and then talking about being an athlete still does not line up in my head.

And maybe my dear readers is where the problem lies. What if I try a little experiment?

How about I act like I am the athlete I want to be? This will require me to think about my diet (not as in a diet diet, but rather as in my eating habits, etc.) in a more scientific way.


So here is the experiment:

Method -
I will plan my meals (each meal) as I would if I were an athlete using a percentage of carbohydrates, fats, proteins.

I will adjust intake for workout weeks of extreme intensity (increasing intake) and rest periods (decrease intake).

I will track ALL FOOD CONSUMED right down to water and gum for the duration.

I will continue to work out for these three months as I am today.

Metrics -
Weight loss (lbs.) taken once a week, same time each week for reducing variation.
Measurements (inches) taken same as above.

Duration -
This will last for three months, starting June 11th, 2009 (today), ending August 11th, 2009 (my 31st birthday).

It all needs to start with what I am putting into my body in order to get the most out of it.


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