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Tips for food prep and organisation for the time poor athlete

Jun 10, 2022

 Tips for food prep and organisation for the time poor athlete

Eating for optimal health and performance doesn’t happen by accident. Think of the food choices you make when you’re time poor or in a rush…

  • You’re more likely to get takeaway or eat out
  • You’re more likely to grab and go whatever is available, quick and easy to fill a hole
  • You’re more likely to eat a bowl of cereal for dinner
  • You’re more likely to smash a protein shake after a session and go to bed without ticking all of your recovery boxes  

I'm a black belt organisation ninja! Let me teach you some of the strategies I use to help my athletes eat better, even when they’re time poor. A little bit of time spent in preparation and organisation goes a LONG way when you’re trying to juggle training, work and family commitments!

 

Weekly Planning

  • This is the biggest game-changer
  • Don’t fly by the seat of your pants – get ORGANISED!
  • ...
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Eating for Immunity: Ideas to help you stay well this winter

Jun 03, 2022

Eating for Immunity: Ideas to help you stay well this winter

Now that the colder months are upon us, it’s time to be proactive with our nutrition for the best immune system defence. 

 

For active people, immune function plays a role not only in fighting off infections but also in promoting tissue repair to recover from exercise and injury. To function properly, the immune system requires lots of nutrients – both macro and micronutrients. 

For a triathlete under a heavy training load, requirements are even higher - putting you at risk of a suppressed immune system if you’re not meeting your needs.

To help you stay well over the colder months, I’ve put together a few key points to keep you firing on all cylinders this winter!

 

1. Rest and Recovery is Key

  • Moderate training loads can support the immune system
  • Heavy training loads, particularly with high-intensity sessions, can compromise the immune system
  • Immune system down for 72...
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Is caffeine beneficial for Endurance Performance?

May 27, 2022

Is caffeine beneficial for Endurance Performance?

Caffeine is a well-established performance booster. Is it beneficial for endurance performance? Heck yes!

But more does not equal better when it comes to caffeine supplementation. It’s about finding the lowest dose to give the greatest effect, without the negative effects. It’s also about finding out what’s best for you and your specific training and racing needs.

How is caffeine absorbed?

  • Rapidly – can be seen in the blood in 5 – 15 minutes
  • Peaks between 40 – 80 minutes
  • Maintained for 3 – 4 hours
  • Half life 3 - 5 hours
  • Is transported to all body tissues and organs

How does caffeine work?

  • Stimulant - physiological and psychological effects
  • Mechanism not fully understood
  • Crosses the blood brain barrier - main action is stimulation of the central nervous system
  • Lowers perception of effort
  • Reduces pain 
  • Improves performance 
  • Think of caffeine as a chemical that keeps the on...
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Why every triathlete should be doing strength training with Exercise Physiologist Huw Darnell

May 20, 2022

Why every triathlete should be doing strength training with Exercise Physiologist Huw Darnell

I’m a big advocate for triathletes implementing strength into their training program. But not many do it!

 

Maybe it’s because you’re worried about getting too sore, putting on too much muscle mass and affecting your power to weight ratio, you have zero time, or maybe it’s because you have no idea what you should be doing!

As an Advanced Sports Dietitian, this is not my area of expertise, so recently I asked Exercise Physiologist, Huw Darnell, who specialises in strength and rehabilitation for triathletes, to join me on my podcast.

Huw is all about building bulletproof bodies that are injury resilient with greater capacity. Exactly what you need - to be strong and injury-free heading into race season!

Here’s a little of what he shared (and for the full story check out EP 42 of the Triathlon Nutrition Academy Podcast): Episode 42 - Why every triathlete...

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How to mentally prepare for a race with mindset coach Trang Nguyen

May 13, 2022

How to mentally prepare for a race with mindset coach Trang Nguyen

As an endurance athlete, ahead of a race you’ve done everything else to prepare – you train your arse off, have your nutrition dialled in, have the fast wheels, shaved down, done all the things BUT if your mind is not in it, your race performance is not likely to result in what you’re truly capable of.

 

Who doesn’t need practical strategies to prepare mentally for race day? To quieten down pre-race nerves, get out of a dark hole during a race and ultimately achieve your goal.

My podcast guest, Physiotherapist, Running Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, qualified PT and Mindset and Performance Coach, Trang Nguyen shared some great strategies to implement to mentally prepare for a race.

Weeks and even months before

  • Be aware of the stories you’re telling yourself
  • Stay conscious and aware of how you’re going as a whole (don’t focus on the one or two things that...
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A Key Nutrient Endurance Athletes Need Every Day: Calcium

May 06, 2022

A Key Nutrient Endurance Athletes Need Every Day: Calcium

Most people understand that we need calcium for building and maintaining strong bones and strong teeth. But we also need calcium for:

  • Healthy muscle contraction, including the heart
  • Nerve impulses and transmission of messages
  • enzyme function
  • blood clotting


Where does the body get Calcium from?

Our body has two main sources of calcium – the food we eat and our bones.

99% of the body’s calcium is found in the bones, while a small amount is dissolved in the blood.

This blood calcium is essential for the healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, blood and nerves and is tightly regulated.

Bones act like a calcium bank. When we don't get enough calcium from our food, our body withdraws from that calcium bank (held in our bones) to keep our blood level within a certain tight control. If the balance gets tipped too far in the direction where we're withdrawing more calcium from our bones than we are depositing through...

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How to maximise your triathlon performance in the heat

Apr 29, 2022

How to maximise your triathlon performance in the heat

Have you got a hot race coming up? Ever wondered whether you should be doing any heat acclimatisation or heat adaptation?

 

On a recent Triathlon Nutrition Academy podcast, I spoke to Physiologist, Avish Sharma. He was the lead Physiologist for Triathlon Australia in the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was always set to be a hot environment. He shared his practical, evidence-based heat adaptation advice to help with racing and training in the heat (that actually works).

 

We looked into:

  • Why would you want to heat adapt yourself?
  • Who is it beneficial for?
  • Are there any negative implications of heat adaptation?
  • How do you heat adapt yourself?
  • How long do the performance gains of heat acclimation last for?
  • Practical suggestions if you have a hot race coming up like Cairns or Kona
  • What to do if you live in a cooler environment but have to travel to a hot race? 
  • And he gave some suggestions for...
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3 Nutrition Rules Every Triathlete Should Abide By

Apr 22, 2022

3 Nutrition Rules Every Triathlete Should Abide By 

When it comes to triathlon nutrition, there is a lot of crap information out there!

 

My passion is to cut through all the noise and give you practical, evidence-based information that actually works. To fast track your success as a time-poor triathlete. 

Triathlon can be a very expensive and tech-heavy sport. You don’t just need stuff for one sport, you need stuff for three!  There are lots of gadgets and everything is upgradable -  costs that can add up quickly if you’re not careful.

But when it comes to nutrition, people don’t value investing in their nutrition because it isn’t tangible. You don’t get a shiny new object for your money.

But I would argue your body is the thing you need to spend the most on. You have it for life!

There are so many things that can affect your long term health if you’re not putting the right things in.

 

In my recent podcast, I share...

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The Key Ingredients You Need to Become a Successful Triathlete

Apr 21, 2022

The Key Ingredients You Need to Become a Successful Triathlete

There are many key ingredients to focus on if you’re wanting to train harder, feel better, and become the best triathlete you can be. 

These aspects will not only propel you to become a successful triathlete, but will also translate into having greater energy throughout your day to day life. 

 

Ingredient One: Train with Purpose

  • The multiple discipline to train (swimming, biking and running) makes this an essential aspect to focus on, as this requires a lot of time and means you need to be smart with your training
  • Find someone that is qualified in the space who can help optimally periodise your training

     - Exercise physiologist

     - Triathlon coach

 

Ingredient Two: Find Your Community

  • Triathlon can be quite isolating, so having a squad, group, or training buddies can help mitigate the overwhelming and intimidating aspects of the sport
  • You'll be in a...
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How to avoid the stress & overwhelm when it comes to triathlon racing

Apr 01, 2022

How to avoid the stress & overwhelm when it comes to triathlon racing

Are you someone that suffers from pre-race nerves?

Do you worry you’ve forgotten to do something important heading into race day?

 

There is A LOT to do, think about and organise when it comes to triathlon racing. Preparing for one sport is hard enough, but you’ve got to prepare yourself for three!

To help you automate your racing process and take away the stress that comes with toeing the start line, I’ve put together a Triathlon Racing Checklist that outlines a range of things you might want to consider in the lead-up, on race day and also suggestions for post-race too.

The week leading into an event

  • Tapering training
  • Adapt and practice your race nutrition – potentially carbohydrate loading, using your personalised Dietitian Approved race nutrition plan
  • Bike maintenance
  • Practice in any particular race gear you plan to use/wear on the day – don’t try anything new...
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