Is Nutrition a key 

Well this really is a question we could spend an eternity on. Everyone is talking about nutrition these days. I have always had a decent diet but I did, for the most part, make a big effort in the last year and a half. It has paid off in my times and progress but how much really is this due to diet? The honest answer is I really can’t prove one way or the other. What I can say, however, is that my recovery time is way down and my energy levels are good.

So what have I changed in the last year that is working ? 

My diet is now roughly 60% vegetarian, 30% fish and 10% meat. To many this seems crazy for someone training 6 times and 10 hours a week but why not? I get all the nutrients and energy from the veg and fish and probably a lot more than I previously got eating more meat. 

Next up is the additions and subtractions to my old ways! I have stopped eating pasta, potatoes, chicken, red meat (small portions and odd steak every now and then) and replaced these with more fish, halloumi cheese, quinoa, buckwheat and lentils. Instead of just porridge I add two eggs, chia seeds, sesame seeds, peanut butter and honey. Instead of eating bread/ sandwiches I eat rivita, crackers, cheese and have leftover dinners and avocado for lunch. I will be honest I still love bread but now I eat seeded and brown and rarely white. I love chocolate but now I eat dark chocolate in orange or sea salt flavours. 

These are only a few examples of changes but they actually are tastier. I enjoy my food more now and the processed foods are becoming a thing of the past. 

Nutrition is not my area of expertise but I have learnt from others and I really believe anyone can improve their health and fitness by tweaking even one or two meals a day. 

Next week I want to throw in some thoughts on race nutrition pre and post events. It may be very different to what you have heard. For a start carb loading is a load of … 

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Magic Arnica, good food, rest and a 12km run

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Sea bass, Quinoa and mix vegetables (mostly from garden).

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Tuna Steak, rice and mix vegetables.

These are two nice dishes I had this week. Really fast cooking and yet really tasty food. There is no doubt diet helps with everything, and I find now that as soon as I stray from it too much I feel it in my training.

I am never someone to jump at products or anti inflamatories and the likes for injuries but this week I needed a fast solution to my wrist injury. I turned to Arnica and I have to say I think it has helped massively. I normally find time, rest and the right physio work will fix most injuries but this Arnica seems to have worked wonders. Then again maybe it was only a small injury. I don’t think il ever know for sure !

I managed a 12km run last night which included intervals in the middle of 4x1000m runs on the track. All in all I averaged out at 3.57 min/km for the run so happy enough with that, and my wrist didn’t react much at all. The bike tomorrow will be the ultimate test along with the kayak on Tuesday. Gaelforce West, the biggest attraction for most adventure racers is next Saturday so my taper will start from Tuesday on all going well.