Inside The Triumph Project
I hear this question a lot, “why would anyone ever become a triathlete?” And the answer to that question varies amongst the sea of individuals within the sport of triathlon.
Coming into this sport was completely at a whim, and at my own personal challenge to myself. Being from a high level in a completely different sport, there was a huge learning curve. I had a lot of self-doubt as to whether I could complete a triathlon. That was my personal challenge to myself. Can I finish?
With a borrowed bike, a surf wetsuit, and a pair of spandex shorts from REI, I not only entered something I never thought I would do, but I had also accomplished a goal that I wasn’t sure I could. The feeling of that accomplishment, proving to myself that I could do something I thought I couldn’t, set my own personal hook for this sport.
I’ve never been a runner, never swam and never cycled. And none of that hindered my ability to do something that I had previously thought out of reach. After that first finish line cross, I began an evolution of athleticism. I now trained in all the disciplines, and watched as my body adjusted to the demands that I was ordering. Honestly, it’s been a pretty cool evolution to watch unfold. Your legs start to shape themselves, your core reveals definition, and our ability begins to reward you with concrete evidence that you are able to do more than you think.
Fueling has always been an important element to my evolution, and has been a part of my repertoire long before entering this sport. However, my previous fueling hadn’t met my newfound demands. Because of this, I had made some critical errors during my first half distance which resulted in cramping and reduced output. It was devastating based on all the preparation effort I had achieved for this one day- this one race- but I learned.
Baseline nutrition as well as fueling nutrition are key elements to anyone’s plan, but amplified based on the effort level you are asking of your body in this sport. Plant based nutrition has always been an important factor to me, and something that mentally, I believed was optimum. I support my efforts with an array of plant based nutrition, one of which being, MitoXcell.
I believe one’s mental state is as important as one’s physical state. Especially when taking on both physical and mental demands. Believing in what you are putting in your tank is important. My fueling intake consists of the following:
- Mushroom based products (NRG Matrix for training rides/runs, Fit and Critical Care powders for pre and post workouts/recovery- all from Mushroom Matrix) mushroommatrix.com
- Coconut electrolytes (Coco Hydro from Big Tree Farms) bigtreefarms.com
- Nut based fats (packets from Pocket Fuel Naturals for training rides/runs) pocketfuelnaturals.com
- Cacao powder (MitoXcell- for additional oxygenation and recovery support) mitoxcell.com
- Plant based bars (Picky Bars- “need for seed” is a favorite) pickybars.com
- Sports specific probiotic (Sound Probiotics-to keep your GI tract in check) soundprobiotics.com
I do get asked “what does this do for you” or “do you feel different”?? My reply has somewhat been the same. I’ve noticed the biggest difference in my body’s ability to recover. That is where I feel my fueling intake supports my output. In this sport, I’m always feeling my efforts whether it’s soreness, or tired muscles, but I believe that my fueling allows me to do more and recover faster than if I didn’t fuel in such a manner.
To anyone reading this, I hope you find inspiration within and amongst your surroundings. Believe in what you are and where you want to expand/grow within this crazy world. For me, the triathlon community was something that I never knew I always wanted. And because of this, I’m taking on a side project to showcase why we do this sport. I’m joined by some great individuals, with great histories, all aiming to expand their horizons both physically and mentally within the triathlon world.
Follow me and this crazy side project on Instagram or Facebook. I hope you can find inspiration and drive through our shared stories.
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