Thursday, April 25, 2013

What's your Engine Running On?

"To perform your best in training or competition, and to recover afterwards, you need to be properly fueled." – 3Fuel

Ever get crazy GI issues after a long endurance event? At the Charleston marathon, I really struggled with this dilemma after taking numerous types of Gels. Yeah I went sub 3 hours, but for about 3 hours after the race my body didn't feel so hot. This leads me to my next point.

Have you tried 3Fuel yet? I’ve been using 3Fuel quite regularly in the mornings for a quick breakfast paired with a piece of fruit before a workout. It’s sat quite nicely. It doesn’t taste amazing, but from a performance perspective you really can’t go wrong. The cleaner you eat the better it seems to work. 

As most of us know, you can train all we want, but if the nutrition isn’t planned on race day you’re screwed. Obviously you don’t want to do too much on race day and often times I find myself using the course, but that requires a consistent replenishment ... timed. 3Fuel is one option to think about testing before your next event.  

CrossFit Endurance was set on creating a clean product that could be used across multiple intensities and distances and I think they've found it. So what’s in it? How does it work?

Calories 195 per 2 Scoops (not that this matters)
Saturated Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrate 20g
Protein 20g 

3 Fuel is made up of wazy maze, which is a resistant starch that prevents glucose from dropping. It's got about 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fats. So it's pretty straight forward to hopefully how you're already eating. Watch the video below and test for yourself.

I haven’t had a ton of race experience with it, but during my Ironman in Louisville I used this stuff for the first five hours. It sat really well and I didn’t feel any fade on the Bike. I’ve found that I still like to “EAT” something in long events so we’ll see what happens as I gear up for Muncie Indiana. I am continuing to use 3Fuel regularly in my day to day training. Your body has two energy systems. Glycogen worth about 2,000 calories that needs to be replenished or fat that can hold about 40,000 calories of energy. Which sounds better to you? 

Remember nutrition is the foundation of the training. The question comes down to … What are you willing to do to be at your best?