How Does an Olympic Athlete Fuel His Body?

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I'm astounded at how poor job often lead athletes will do with nutrition considering how unbelievably critically important it is. Something I was very keenly aware of when I was 16 years old my freshman really started transitioning to wanting to be a professional and being on a team, and really took accountability for my nutrition.

That's not to say that I don't have my little vices, but in general my life revolves around eating well and learning a lot about nutrition and making sure that everything I put into my body is thought through. I definitely avoid the starch cheese, the heavy carbohydrate dinner, so I eat a lot more lean protein and a lot of healthy fats.When I went out to dinner last night, I'm putting olive oil all over everything cause I want to get a lot of healthy fat in my diet.

And it's the supplements, when you takeing supplements they revolve around getting a lot Omega 3, and I think you'll see a lot of my diet, a lot of coconut oil, a lot of good healthy fats and a little less carbohydrate. I think people say with an athlete the classical you must carbo-load.

I think no, actually I keep a lot of things in real balance, healthy, healthy meats and I really think about where that food source is too. I'd much rather eat them at a much smaller cut of meat that's coming from where I know it came from, instead of a big hunk of meat that's store growing.

Breakfast is chia seeds for me. Chia seeds has a lot of fat in it, a lot of protein in it, and very filling, it's easily digestible, and great good options that really fill you up, and I really try and have a big solid breakfast, 30 grams of proteins in breakfast really stays satiate throughout the whole day.

I think that sets up the foundation of my day so that I'll eat a little bit less throughout the day and then like I said these healthy fat and lean protein dinner. Routine for me is everything and I think for anybody getting intel from fitness's routine is very important. My body cloaks on from 7:30, we're at the pool, two hour practice, five to six kilometers.

We usually ride around noon and couple hours, might be an indoor trainer or hopefully out on the roads. And one to two hour run at night and so we just, we accumulate this time over and over and over again. We call it chop wood carry water, do the work. I've just come through four Olympics and a goal and a coach through the whole thing, so it's a new experience this year to be in a situation without a coach and I've really had to find that and again and find a positive group around me that has the same similar goals wants to get out of the door at the same time, and we can lend that encouragement to each other, so I would say I've moved away from the classic stop watch on the side of the road coach and moved more to having a group of people that are accountable to and find inspiration from.

I think it's different for everybody and so I find when I go to schools or I talk to groups and say, you find what works for you. I shouldn't tell you, you should run with music because I run with music. You should figure out what works for you, if you know running or been on a hike or just simply getting to the gym or going for walk.

Your inspiration, your time is to reflect and have quiet, then you should do that. When I was 20 and first started racing in the international circuit, I was running around in a 14-year old body. I was the little skinny kid running around, so now I'm 37, I was the oldest the guy at the Olympics for the triathlon and I still feel like I'm in my late 20s, and I think a lot of it has to do with my diet and then perspective, fresh mind, taking stress out like the music, take time with my kids, and then the perspective if I went to Olympics in London, I said no matter what happens, I'm going to the park with my kids the day after the race.

Whether I have a shiny medal on my neck or not, I'm going to a park. I'm playing on the swing. I crashed, I hit a speed bump, crashed. Everyone's awful experience shouldn't this be devastating, I said you know what? I'm going to the park tomorrow with my kids I didn't picture going to the park like this with all the skin missing on my foot, but my mental state was the perspective that at the end of the day this is, I'm running around with my speed on TV, I mean I still have at keen perspective on how much, what a joy it is to be.