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Ultra355 Australia Race Report with TNA Athlete Jody Walker

Sep 22, 2022

 

When it comes to pushing yourself as a triathlete, the Ultra355 is up there!

 

It’s a 3-day endurance event not for the faint-hearted. Over three big days, you swim 5km,‍ ride 300km,‍and run 50km.

Recently Triathlon Nutrition Academy athlete, Jody Walker, competed and not only finished as the first female overall, but also smashed a bunch of course records in the process.  Woohoo!!

When she was preparing for this race, she found there wasn’t a lot of information out there about the Ultra355 (race reports or interviews), so naturally, we asked her to jump on the podcast and share her experiences with you.

 

 What made her want to do Ultra355

      A goal/deadline - motivation to recover from an injury

 

 What type of training prepares you for a 3-day endurance event

      Training - anything from 16-18 hours to 20 -21 hours

      Taking nutrition seriously –...

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Why you don't need to count calories as a triathlete

Sep 15, 2022

 

Rather than count calories, I’d suggest you learn to eat to fuel your body, without having to track everything you put in your mouth!

Counter intuitive for many triathletes I know - those over-achieving personality types who love data, numbers, keeping track and keeping control.

I’m not saying stop if you are currently tracking and love it BUT you don’t need to track or start tracking. You can lose weight/drop body fat without having to count calories. 

 

What to consider when counting calories:

 Limitations with recording – Label tolerance – did you know the labels can state 20% on either side - different from actual?

The accuracy when estimating portions. When you eat at home you can weigh – but when you eat out you have to estimate.

Research shows that by tracking what you eat when you record, you can change your habits BUT are you being accurate and truthful when you record?

There are limitations with estimating...

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The BIGGEST nutrition mistake triathletes are making (and how to avoid it)

Sep 15, 2022

 

When it comes to nutrition, triathlon is different to any other sport because you're training and fuelling for 3 sports not 1!

When you have that dialled in – you will have more energy, get to your ideal body composition, recover faster, perform better in the second/third session for the day and not be stuck on the couch after long rides – SUPERCHARGED!

The BIGGEST mistake triathletes make when it comes to their nutrition? To be honest, there are MANY! But I think the top three biggest mistakes triathletes make are:

 Recovery nutrition

  • Most triathletes suck at recovery (no offence)
  • You need to understand how to receive properly for you
  • You might think you do alright, but once you understand what you need for you, it’s often not dialled in.

 

 Not fuelling properly during training

  • Different strategies for different types of sessions, seasons and goals
  • Triathletes often under fuel thinking this will help with fat loss. Wrong!
  • Often...
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Why focusing on long-term health is so important for performance as a triathlete

Aug 25, 2022

 

I'm a big advocate for nutrition. Your body is the number 1 thing that will get you to the finish line.

Yet most triathletes see a dietitian LAST, after they've:


  Tried and failed to get their ideal body composition
  Tried every random fad or quick fix diet
  Struggled with fuelling and vomited their guts up on the run, had to race to the loo multiple times, or planned their training runs around the toilets on their route!
  Bonked, hit the wall, repeatedly fallen into a hole or peeled themselves off the pavement
  Suffered from a stress injury/fracture or chronic fatigue.

 

As an Advanced Sports Dietitian, I can help you with your training and a meal/race plan and I've worked with many triathletes, both 1:1 and in the Triathlon Nutrition Academy. What I, and they, can tell you, is the long term benefits kick in when you engage further - take ownership, prioritise your overall health and learn and understand the foundations - the HOW and WHY of...

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Triathlon Training Nutrition 101

Aug 18, 2022

 

When it comes to Triathlon Nutrition there's A LOT you can do to maximise your performance.

Once you’ve figured out the basics of the sport – what you put in your mouth is the next thing you need to turn your attention to (BEFORE you drop $20K on a new bike) because nutrition really is the fourth leg! Your body is what’s going to get you to the finish line faster. 

Success from triathlon comes from being minimally affected by the swim and the ride. It's about getting to the run in the best possible shape that you can, so that you can continuously run without stopping or bonking or hitting the wall or vomiting your guts up and trying to keep a nice even pace on the run.

I explain the 'what, why and how to' of triathlon training nutrition 101 - the foundations including:

Pre training nutrition

  •  Do you have a plan for different types of training sessions?
  •  Do you know how much you need to have before a session?
  •  Do you know what types of...
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Why aiming for 120g of carbs per hour is a mistake

Aug 04, 2022

 

This statement may be seen as controversial - but if I don't say it, then who will!??

Putting my Advanced Sports Dietitian's hat on, I can tell you that aiming for 120g of carbs an hour is a mistake!

And let me tell you why...

For the majority of you, it is a mistake, because you're not going to be able to tolerate that level of fueling.

  • The research (a paper in 2020* that came out of Spain by Aitor Viribay and his colleagues) was done with elite athletes, under very specific testing conditions. It's great research but not necessarily applicable to the average age grouper.
  • Intestinal absorption is the rate limiter - you can consume it, but it's of no value if your body can't absorb it and the longer you're out there for, the more things will back up in your gut.
  • If you are going to aim for 120g of carbohydrates an hour you need to build up to it, systematically and strategically, to avoid gut issues - nausea, fullness, slushiness, vomiting, diarrhea. You have to...
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How to keep your relationship alive through ironman training build

Jul 07, 2022

 

I like to take a holistic approach to triathlon. I’ve got the nutrition side covered but feel it’s of value to bring in experts to help you in other areas.

Triathlon is a crazy sport. Training for three sports means you’re up early, home late, you may have a full-time job you need to work around too.

Then the weekend can be taken up by 6 hours rides, long runs. Or race weekends away for races, training camps etc.   All this means there aren’t many hours left in the day or days in the week to be at home spending time with your partner.

I see couples and families break down because of triathlon. One partner does the sport and the other doesn’t and it can put a strain on relationships. Or, even if they are there as your no. 1 crew, everything usually gets put on hold until after event. This is where relationships can also break down.

When you don’t have the support of those important to you, not having your mind in the game can...

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Signs you might not be eating enough to support triathlon training

Jun 30, 2022

 

How do you know if you’re eating enough to support training for three sports? 

The body is smart. It will give you some warning signs if you’re not fuelling properly. Some warning signs will be a light touch like a feather, others will be harder like a brick being thrown at you or, louder still, like being hit by a truck !!

Did you know that your body fuels training first, before spending energy to supporting our daily bodily functions – like breathing, digesting, growing, living!!??

Here are a few signs you’re not eating enough:

  • You’re not training well and/or your motivation to train is low
  • You’re not recovering very well or quickly enough
  • You keep getting annoying niggly injuries 
  • You continuously get sick or can’t seem to shake things
  • You have weird or exacerbated gastrointestinal issues
  • Your menstrual function is light, irregular or completely absent (if not overridden by contraception)
  • Your sex drive is reduced
  • You...
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What is a Hydrogel? Does it improve endurance performance?

Jun 23, 2022

Hydrogel technology is making a wave in the sports nutrition scene with products like Maurten hitting the market.

But what is a hydrogel? And is it beneficial to endurance performance?

I asked Andy King, exercise physiologist at the Australian Catholic University, to join me on a recent podcast episode. Andy co-authored the review paper on all of the research to date on hydrogels and their effect on endurance exercise performance. So there was no one better suited to answer these questions for us! 

What is a hydrogel?

  • Basically an amped-up carbohydrate drink

How does a hydrogel work?

  • Delivers sugar through the stomach and intestine into your bloodstream to your muscles
  • In gel form, it moves the carbohydrate mixture through to your intestine quicker - approx. 40% faster

Are there any negative effects of using a hydrogel compared to regular sports drinks and gels?

  • May negatively impact some athletes with gut issues
  • Athletes may need gut training to be able to absorb more...
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Real food ideas for on the bike

Jun 16, 2022

Are you sick of sucking back gels and sports drinks all the time?

Are you looking for more real food options to use during exercise?

Over the years, I’ve definitely seen a movement away from commercial sports nutrition products to more real foods on the bike. But what types of foods are going to help your performance?

 

When is the best time to use real foods in training?

During the off-season is a good time to try new options – tweaking your strategies as your fitness, training and racing evolves

 

What types of real foods are good for on the bike?

Carbohydrate foods should be your focus

Try adding some savoury options to avoid flavour fatigue

Something easy to prepare pre-race or the night before

Something the right consistency and texture (so it’s easy to get out of the container, but doesn’t crumble or fall apart)

A good balance of energy/ nutrients - carbohydrates with some healthy fats and a little bit of protein

Something that provides a...

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