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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Talking Nutrition with Lionel Sanders and Chris Uszynski on RunningFlat Radio

Got a text from Chris Uszynski of the RunningFlat Radio around 7 pm Tuesday night.  He asked if I could call into the show and chat with he and Lionel.  They were talking about some of the changes he made since Ironman Texas that propelled him to a sub 8hr victory at Ironman Arizona.  I hopped on the show remotely for a few minutes; we had some great dialogue. If you missed it here is a link to the show: RunningFlat Radio - Lionel Sanders.  The interview with Lionel gets going around 10:30 into the podcast.

In my opinion the most important take away from the conversation is the ability we have to train our digestive system to take on more fluids and fuel.  This is a concept that was first shared with me by Mark Linesman from Loaring Personal Coaching at a Tri-Clinic a couple of years ago.  Mark talked about training our system to take on more carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes over time; somewhat like other training where we stretch to create an adaptive response.

There is no question that the more calories we can ingest during exercise while maintaining our electrolyte and hydration levels, the better we can perform and ultimately the better we recover so we can do it again tomorrow.  The caveat of course is ensuring the ingestion of the fuel does not result in gastric distress and ultimately affect your performance.  That is truly where the training of the system comes in.

The off-season for endurance athletes is great time to use the base training periods to tune your digestive systems to take on more fuel.  You will get more from your workouts and recover stronger; we may not get you to a sub-8hr Ironman but I know we will get you closer to your potential.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

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