Ever wondered how elite athletes keep raising the bar? Their winning strategy doesn't just include rigorous training routines but also meticulous attention to nutrition. Their training intensity dictates their dietary needs, with a bit of choreography between their training programme and meal plan.
Let's take Jane as our "imaginary friend". A dedicated trail and ultra runner in her forties, Jane has found that mastering her diet is crucial to achieving her running goals.
When Training Intensity Peaks:
When Jane is between big runs and her training tapers off for some proper recovery time, her diet can follow suit.
Dialling Back after Big Events:
Remember, if you're striving to perform at your best, align your nutrition with your training. After all, it's not just about how hard you train, but also what you eat before training and in recovery too.
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Thomas, D. T., Erdman, K. A., & Burke, L. M. (2016). American College of Sports Medicine Joint Position Statement. Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(3), 543–568. ↩