My First Nutritional assessment

Chris Spargo from Team 220 shares how minor changes in his eating habits improved his training

Eating for recovery and fuelling to train were all things I had read about before and dismissed as only relevant for elite athletes

In my first year in triathlon, I’ve transitioned from training to get fitter and lose weight, to training to improve speed and performance.

With the increase of training times and frequency, I found I was constantly tired; it was a struggle to stay motivated to train consistently. My afternoon sessions in particular would be hit and miss. If I had time for a mid-afternoon snack, they would be okay; if not, they were a failure. The afternoon hunger also meant I had made some bad choices with the types of food I would eat. I had to change something, but I was unsure of what and how.

After my first discussion with Rebecca Hay, it was obvious the changes I had to make were directly related to my lack of nutritional knowledge. Things like eating for recovery and fuelling to train were all things I had read about before and dismissed as only relevant for elite athletes.

Since making some simple changes recommended by Rebecca, not only has my training performance improved, but also my motivation in regards to training.

Eating a balanced meal directly after training and regularly having an afternoon snack are the two changes that have allowed me to hit my training targets. Consuming fuel during longer training has also helped sustain endurance performance for a longer duration, especially in the hot and humid conditions of North Queensland.

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