So as my husband (aka the kiwi) prepares himself for this first block of races, I will embrace the repetitive side and prepare for any and all chances. Including making more smoothies and healthy meals loaded with antioxidants!
have to be honest, writing posts on pre race tips seems so repetitive to me, to us. I feel like we have been at this same place for years, racing triathlon. How many more will we keep pursuing it? But you know what? God only knows that, though there is one way to find out…. by trusting and by repeating our chances. Because with chance (and hope) comes the possibility that something will be done.
Today I want to REPEAT what we do come race week. Nutrition included!
Nutrition- That’s my job, and I love it. Key is to keep things nutrient dense but not too heavy. We usually go lighter in the carbs the first half of the week and then slowly add in more towards then in order to keep at race weight and maintain glycogen storages. But, since the kiwi had signs of adrenal fatigue the past week, I didn’t really change anything. I’d rather him have lower cortisol levels going into a racing block. So carb timing was kept the same! Make sense?
I did add in a few of these smoothies this past week. Again, trying to keep the probiotic and antioxidant intake up!
- coconut or yogurt kefir
- 2 tbsp Mila chia flour or chia seed
- 1 tbsp honey or stevia
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- 6-8 oz Vanilla almond or coconut milk
- Optional – 1 scoop vanilla protein
Directions: Add 6oz kefir to a bowl and mix in your chia and matcha green tea powder. Stir and let it sit over night in fridge. The next morning, combine your chia matcha pudding with the rest of your ingredients and blend. If you want it sweeter, add in frozen peaches or berries instead of banana. [/print_this]
- Provides energy
- Rich in antioxidants
- Calms and relaxes the brain- Matcha is rich in L-theanine which create alpha waves in the nervous system. These waves produce a so called “relaxed alertness”.)
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Fights against viruses and bacteria
- Lowers blood sugar
- Does not raise insulin levels
Now that we’ve got the nutrition dialed in, let’s focus on the triathlon tips. This is where the kiwi comes in. He’s the pro and has repeated this several times, every time is just as important as the next, yes?!
Well, I think we’re race ready. Hoping this year lots of VICTORY repeats!
What is your race week strategy? Have you tried Matcha?