Most of the people think that you won’t finish your Ironman because of lack of training, but I tell you that the wrong nutrition can stop you faster and harder than you think.
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Don’t panic! Even if you haven’t trained for a longer time or just from time to time, you can return to your old form within a few weeks.
Your body remembers
Your body can “remember” its old form and even after a long break from training, your body knows its old good shape and that’s why you can return to your old shape.
During your training you should know when your body needs nutrition and liquids.
Especially for longer workouts (more than 1.5 hours) you should not forget to eat and drink. Also during a race it’s essential to feed your body with new energy at the right moment.
How much should I drink?
It depends on many factors (intensity, temperature, etc.). If you do triathlon, don’t forget that you should drink more on your bike because it’s easier than during running. In general you should drink as much as you lose.
Training and nutrition stick closely together.
You should eat enough but you don’t have to compensate too much. Very often athletes tend to gain weight, often not only because of additional muscles but also because of their massive calorie intake.
Keep your diet balanced
Eat regularly. If you have no special health conditions, then you can also use a low carb approach. Many athletes think they have to eat a lot of carb.
The optimal weight for your individual body is not easy to calculate. The BMI-factor is from a medical point of view not a perfect measurement, it is a raw classification whether you are overweighted or not.
In general talk to your doctor before starting your workout.
With too much weight and wrong ambition you can injure your joints or stress your circulation. If you run slowly, you burn fat. So lose your weight until you feel comfortable (but don’t lose too much – you know bulimia!).
Watch during your workouts your heart rate, it shouldn’t go too high!
Nutrition and training are special topics. In the beginning of my triathlon career I didn’t care about nutrition. Soon I had to discover that without the right nutrition a long workout or competition is not easy to finish, if not impossible.
I’m soo hungry
After each workout I got this immense appetite. A workout needs on average 500 to 1,000 kcal (kilocalories) per hour – now calculate what you need for a 3-6 hours workout. You easily reach the a multidude amount of your consumption of energy of a whole day (avg. 2,000 kcal / day).