Nutrition Mechanic Day is here.
Many people don’t know Board Certified Sport Dietitians/Registered Dietitians exist, don’t realize the value of working with one, or simply prefer to do trial and error until they just can’t any longer. As somewhat of a shy gal, this has given me some fun challenges as I work to educate more local coaches and athletes as to the value of li’l ol’ me and what I love doing as a career.
My plans for participating in a few cycling and running events were sidelined in 2016 due to an early season bike accident that left me with a severely fractured elbow and injured shoulder. But so what that there was no finish line for me to cross in 2016? Sometimes we athletes need to view these “life events” as a journey similar to training for a competition. How do we endure to get to that "different" finish line of healing or coping?
I have to admit that of the 15+ years I’ve been participating in endurance events, it’s been difficult to have several race DNSs ("did not start") over the past 2 months. I am sad to defer these races. But really, I mean REALLY, I go back to “This is just an elbow and arm.” Things could be far worse.
In my previous post, I gave some nutrition-related tips to follow leading up to your 70.3 race to result in less than desirable results. Here are a few additional To Do’s to follow on race day that make for horror stories later. Important note: This post is most definitely satirical in content.
My tendency to think I have worthy blog posts comes and goes. Lately, I admit to the "wane" slump. However, I’ve been asked by many “What have you been up to and what are you racing this year?” so I figured it’s time for a quick catch up blog post. And also to let you know I, too, have to pick myself up from a metaphorical (and literal) fall.
I am not one to “kick someone when they’re down”, so don’t get me wrong with the intent of this blog post. But with what I saw (and have seen at several other long course triathlon races) and what I see on social media posts, nutrition and hydration problems continue to be a sore spot for many triathletes.