January 18, 2011

Tuesday Attitude: For real

“Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” -Walter Anderson

Interesting article recently about the concept of “train gain.” Relevant observations:

Telling athletes they don’t need gel packs, sports bars or specialty drinks is surprising since advertisements promise the ingredients are needed for maximum performance. “Most people are convinced by the manufacturers that you have to have this stuff flowing into your mouth, and that’s not the case,” Friel said. 

“Train gain can also creep up on athletes who reward themselves after intense workouts.”

“A mistake a lot of amateur athletes make is they start eating bars, and Gatorade or sports drinks,” Mangieri said. “The real basis of the diet is a nutritious, well-rounded diet.”

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    Natalie January 18, 2011 Reply

    Good thoughts MD. I often see runners/cyclists drinking gatorade or taking gel packs after short runs or rides. As we talked before, it all comes down to calories in/calories out. I still think the Livestrong site is great for that. Always over-estimate what you eat and under-estimate the workouts – should prevent the train gain.

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    Wicasa Yatapika January 18, 2011 Reply

    Good stuff again MD!! If you drill down through the mountains of information that abounds on endurance training / endurance events, you will find a truth in the information, and that is this, if you are training or competing in an endurance event and you maintain a healthy well-rounded diet you can compete / train for up to 90 minutes without a need for any additional caloric intake, that does not exclude water! I have read much on this because most of the mountain bike events I ride in are longer than 90 minutes and I was looking for this information. Your body can easily sustain itself well at fairly high intensity for that period of time. Again good stuff MD…You get a cookie!!

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