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Eat to compete (PART 2)

For the technically minded, here are the triathlon nutrition calculators from GlaxoSmithKline’s “Eat to Compete” workshop at the end of May that I attended. The calculator, in three steps, is for overall calorie requirements. The tables for carbohydrate and protein requirements are starting points only so defined in ranges and subject to trial and error. FOLLOW THE STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CALCULATE YOUR TOTAL DAILY ENERGY REQUIREMENTS: Step 1 – Calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR) Step 2 – Multiply your BMR by a physical activity factor (PAF) using the table below: Energy expenditure (Kcal): BMR x PAF, for example 1,716.8 x 1.55 = 2,661 Step 3 – Add the thermal effect of food (TEF): est

Olympic Fever!

So, the British Olympic Association has announced their six triathletes for Rio. No great surprises with the Brownlee brothers, Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins among the six chosen. Pic courtesy of britishtriathlon.org I for one would love to see Jonny finally overtake his big brother on the biggest stage, and it would be equally great to see Helen Jenkins overcome her injury problems which dogged her up to 2012. Either way, I haven’t figured out the time difference but I’ll definitely try and watch it all unfold and probably shout at my tv. All this talk of Olympics got me thinking about London 2012 and I got a little nostalgic. 2012 was the year I decided to get into triathlon. I’d been a r

Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon, May 30th 2016.

In fairness, it’s not much warmer than the race that was cancelled back in March, but there are no trees getting blown over in Bushey Park! But having spent the intervening time getting married and sunning myself on a foreign beach, I’m not much fitter. I’ve been doing triathlons since 2013, but I’ve never done one in a swimming pool. This might sound a little odd, but one of the things that got me into the sport in the first place was the adventurous idea of donning a wetsuit and swimming around in a lake full of green water. I also like the idea of having a mass start, as it makes it more of a race and less of a time trial. So I’m a little anxious as to how this one is going to play out. A

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