I will never leave my nutrition in anyone else’s hands again!
“Let thy food be thy medicine” Hippocrates
As most of you know I just completed RAAM- Race Across America, The toughest bike race in the world. My sole responsibility on paper was to ride my bike as fast as I could as part of a team of 4 cyclists. We would have a support crew that would take care of everything else.
Although we did have the ability to list all the foods we wanted to eat during the journey, actually getting the food we needed was another story.
Our team were all rookies at this whole adventure and our RV broke so many times the food preparation really didn’t happen as I had hoped.
It nearly cost me the race!
Lack of adequate nutrition (carbs, fat and protein) along with 2 desert rides in the heat of the day between 10am – 3pm, where I got super dehydrated, followed by two massive climbs up to 8,000 feet and then 10,000 feet wiped me ALMOST out!
I was left pretty useless!
I was letting my team down but I had no gas in the tank. I think a little bit of Altitude sickness at 10,000 feet also didn’t help.
To their credit none of the crew were athletes or ate very healthy, so when I was asking for my clean food, I got blank stares looking back at me!!
I had to explain real food; “You know, protein like chicken, steak, turkey; Carbohydrates like potatoes, gluten free pasta and rice; And yes vegetables. I need these foods every single day without training and even more so on this non-stop 8 day race!
Of course I ate my sports nutrition during my rides but it got old quick.
My main source of nutrition on the bike was Vitargo plain, with watermelon Body health electrolyte powder, Go Macro Bars, Clif Bloks, Organic Baby Food, Endurance Tap Maple Syrup and Perfect Aminos.
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Off the bike, eating drive thru food like McDonald’s was not an option for me, during RAAM or EVER!
I don’t eat gluten and if I did I would not be able to ride! So I had to take my power back and start getting what I needed to complete this race.
Once I started educating the crew a little more about real food, my energy came back and I got my power back. I actually got stronger every day we rode.
It was very tough and dark in those first four days being so nutrition depleted and sleep deprived (no sleep at all the first 3 days- and about 7 hours total for 8 days)
I really don’t know how I survived!! (Yes I do! I have an IRON will and I am a BADASS!)
I’m so grateful I know what real food and clean nutrition is and what my body responds to.
That’s why I’m so passionate about helping others learn what foods work for them and their metabolic type and lifestyle with my 6 week Nutrition Essentials Course.
Because of this clean nutrition, I was able, along with my 3 other team mates to do the unthinkable and ride 8 days non-stop in a relay style race format, 3078 miles to raise awareness and money for 4Kids. (www.4cyclsits4kids.org)
It really is so simple to eat healthy but I’m always so shocked how few people know how to do it!
Anyway, my first big meal when I finished was a 5 Guys Cheese Burger (no bread) and french fries and a chocolate milkshake!
So yes, I eat fast food every once in a while, but only in rare occasions.
The next day a I ate a huge steak and tons of broccoli and an amazing creme brule’ – Lord knows I deserved it!!
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.