So many people this time of year are focused on their diet. Who am I kidding? It’s February and most people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions by now.
But maybe you haven’t. You are on track and you are loosing that weight you gained over Christmas and New Year’s.
I’m right there with you. I gained 6 pounds just in the 10 days surrounding Christmas. Let’s just say I enjoyed my food at Christmas.
With Long Course Duathlon Worlds this year, and a course that is known for it’s hills, I knew I needed to drop weight, but more importantly to get the Watts per Kilogram up! So I went into a multiple week weight loss phase before my season really started to crank up and here is what I learned from that experience.
Ahhh, the Christmas season. Or as my wife likes to call it: “Baking season!”
That’s right, the time from Thanksgiving day until New Year’s Day is spent mostly stuffing our faces with all the wonderful goodies that we bake, cook, and receive as gifts. A simple google search will yield you thousands of articles on Holiday weight gain.
As an endurance athlete, this is probably your off season (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere in which case it’s summer right now). The added benefit of a lessened training load leaves us in even more of a positive calorie count. For many of us, we want to know how to avoid losing fitness and gaining weight over the holidays. I’m here to help, but my first piece of advice is… don’t worry about it! Continue reading
You hit the wall.
You know what I’m talking about. You ran out of energy on a long training day or in a race. What was wrong? You didn’t fuel right or you went too hard… or maybe both.
How do you fix it? Continue reading
A few months ago I received a package from Klean Athlete with three products to try out. I was excited to give them a try since this year seems to have been the year of nutritional gains for me. Klean Athlete sent me some things that have been right up my alley of thinking, specifically their Recovery Product.
To make this a bit easier to follow, I hit each of the three products separately after giving some general information so you can know what you are getting.
And that really is what Klean is all about. Continue reading
It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere, and that means one of two things: either you are out running in less than ideal conditions, or your are on a treadmill. (or not at all… but that would be 3 things). Most of us don’t like treadmills, and since there is not the plethora of apps to make it as enjoyable as indoor cycling (although Zwift is changing that!!!) most of us are more inclined to brave the elements for our runs than we are for our bike rides. So here is my beginner’s guide to winter running! Continue reading
Starting off the New Year we have a review for you! Today we’re taking a look at the Honey Stinger Waffle!
Waffles have been a big hit recently with a number of companies giving their own variation on this great snack. But to really understand them, you need a little history lesson.
The thin, filled cookie-like waffles have their root in the Stroopwafel of the Netherlands. They were originally a snack developed by some bakers in the town of Gouda (yes.. like the cheese) to make use of scraps they had leftover. They are made of two thin wafers with a layer of syrup between. Their popularity grew and eventually grabbed the attention of cyclists to be used as a quick snack while on the road. Today, these snack have taken off and can be found in coffee shops AND bike shops all over the world. Continue reading
If you have been following the blog for a while, you may know I love oatmeal. If not, I do 🙂 A while back I shared the oatmeal custard recipe I got from my mom. It is an awesome breakfast to get you started on the right track in the morning.
But let’s be honest, we don’t always have time to make oatmeal in the morning. Even as quick as the custard recipe is, it still takes time and it can be a little messy to clean that pan up. So what’s a person to do when they want oatmeal but don’t have time? Overnight Oatmeal of course! You can just make this the night before and have a nice oatmeal breakfast in the morning. Perfect for those early morning workouts! Here’s how you make it:
It’s fall. That means I can walk into Walmart and see Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas decorations all on sale at the same time. What that also means is that a lot of people are thinking about losing a few pounds before adding them back on during the holidays.
One of the first places people look to cut calories is with those sweets we all crave. Honestly, that’s a great place to start. But sometimes, dessert is not the worst place in our diets. (Think, that bag of chips you snack on every afternoon). And what if I told you there were a way to satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining your diet? There is… Dark Chocolate!
Nutrition is important! It has been called the 4th discipline in triathlon (or is that transitions… I guess it just depends on what topic at hand is at the current moment). It really does play a huge roll how your race will turn out. Just ask Jonathan Brownlee…
One of my mainstay in the nutrition department over the last few years has been the Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix. I knew I liked the stuff, but I didn’t realize how important it was until my race at the OBX triathlon. I had run out and ordered some more, but it didn’t get to me in time for the race. In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for a vacation/ race, I didn’t get the chance to get some on my way out of town. No place locally had any, so I had to settle for swinging by Walmart and getting some Gatorade.
How many water bottles do you have?
That was a question posed to some Olympic cyclists a few weeks ago. Some of them said they had over 50 water bottles!! One female cyclist noted that while she had 30-40 bottles at home, she only really ever used 5 or 6 of them. Continue reading