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Understanding fatigue as an endurance athlete

After completing 17 Ironman distance triathlons, I have become good friends with fatigue. Over the past few years I have become much better at tolerating fatigue. Winning my age group at IM Chatt ('17), IMWI ('18) and IMLP ('21) and qualifying for the Ironman World Championship six times has proved to me that becoming a better long-distance triathlete is all about consistency, patience and strength.  Over the past few years, there's been a great amount of talk over fat burning as a metabolic approach to delay fatigue and to improve endurance performance. Carbohydrate fuels are limited in the body and glycogen (stored carbs) depletion is a major cause of fatigue during high duration activities. Therefore, by increasing the reliance on fat for fuel (because fat fuel supplies are unlimited in the body), endurance athletes can delay fatigue through increased fat burning. To increase fat oxidation during exercise, athletes often resort to fasted training, a high-fat/low carb

Should you become an intuitive eater?

Mindful eating. Intuitive eating. Both approaches are used by Anti-Diet and Health at Every Size dietitians. While these two eating approaches complement each other, there are some important differences. Intuitive eating is a framework created by dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch based on their work with eating disorder recovery. They are most known for the 10 principles of intuitive eating, which center around making peace with food, rejecting the diet mentality and to learn how to develop a healthier relationship with food. Intuitive eating goes beyond the eating experience to encourage people to change their relationship with food and the body. Mindful eating is awareness that arises from paying attention, eating with purpose, eating non-judgmentally and being in the present moment. Mindful eating encourages you to use your senses in choosing to eat food that is satisfying and nourishing to you and your body. It means you acknowledge your likes, dislikes and neutral respon

Must Watch YouTube: The Impossible Route series

  Several weeks ago I came across a YouTube documentary series called " Impossible Route. " I started watching the first few minutes while on the bike trainer but stopped myself from continuing as I wanted to share the viewing experience with Karel. We both love watching endurance events, especially when it involves cycling.  I would highly recommend giving it a watch. If you are like us and you love endurance events, I have a word of will quickly find yourself planning your next impossible route as you watch each episode. I don't think it's possible to watch this documentary series and not feel motivated about doing something incredible with your body.  The mission of this series is finding adventure, pushing your limits and going beyond what is thought to be possible. What I love about each episode is that it's not about racing.  After 16 consecutive years of endurance triathlon racing, I still love the race day experience. When I train, I rarely