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Success in Sport

Currently I am training for the Ironman World Championships. Just like you, I am balancing life with training and sometimes life will get in the way. But I often remind myself that triathlons are my lifestyle (and not my life) and I end up finding myself loving my sport of choice, that much more.
I am currently coach seven amazingly talented athletes (1 slot available for coaching) who live around in the US, each with their own personal and athletic goals. Should I consider myself more successful than they are just because I am training for a World Championship? Absolutely not.
Yesterday, a friend of mine from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (Tim Ziegenfuss) posted a link to a fantastic article that I could not wait to share. I invite you to read the entire article but I wanted to post a little of it on this blog post:

The Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes
Jack J. Lesyk, Ph.D.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete or an Olympic champion to be a successful …

Salad for two

Karel is on his way home from 2011 Trek World. I'm so excited to hear the latest news in the cycling/triathlon world as Karel always comes back with knew knowledge and lots of surprises.
What started out to be a bummer of a weekend for Karel, turned into a once in a lifetime trip. Karel was excited for the 100 mile Centurion Wisconsin Cycling Event but after a 2-hour storm delay, followed by 3 flats within 10 miles, Karel ended up cutting the course short and finishing with 50 miles. He was super bummed as he loves riding in the hills but from the pics he sent me, I think he got over the flats by.....

Checking out Lance Armstrong's TT bike from his last TDF























Riding with Chris Lieto, Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara






















Hanging with Jens Voigt
























And Andy Schleck
















Karel told me that this trip was one of the best trips he has ever been on and I'm sure he will remember that bike ride for the rest of his life. I am so excited for him that he had this opportunity as life is all abo…

Black Bean Salad

I went to a lecture a few weeks ago and listened to a fabulous talk on increasing lean body mass in the hospitalized patient. The talk was super fascinating and although it was a Clinical Dietetic meeting, this specific lecture made me feel so comfortable as my background in exercise physiology was completely applicable to this topic of discussion. I am finding the more that I work in the acute care setting (as a clinical dietitian) the more I am able to better understand the body and how it reacts to drugs, diet and therapy.

I've read a few research studies showing that consuming a lot of protein at one time (one big meal) is no more beneficial to increasing lean body mass than consuming a smaller, more regular amounts throughout the day. Furthermore, with more protein at each meal (especially when consumed with carbs), the easier it is to regulate blood sugar levels and promote satiety at meals. So, my suggestion is to spread out protein throughout the day and do not skimp on p…

Monday Product Review

I just finished another great week of training (week 5 out of 14). I thought I would share some of the every-day products that keep me feeling safe, fresh and healthy as I embark on this 140.6 mile journey.

Road ID

I never leave the house for outdoor training, without my
Road ID. If you don't believe me, my Road ID tan line is catching up to my watch tan line :)
Both Karel and myself have Road ID's (Karel has yellow, I have pink) and I find it a necessity when it comes to training gear. There are so many options as to what type of ID you can purchase and for the price, consider it the cheapest investment to your health while training. I compare the Road ID to a dog tag. The only time Campy gets to run off his leash is when he is at my parents house, in the backyard. But still, he is a sneaky little guy and enjoys finding holes in the ground/fence for a quick escape. I always make Campy wear his dog collar when he is outside for if anything were to happen to him, at least he …