The Physical Performance Show: ‘Carbohydrate fuelling for training & racing’. Andy Blow: Sports Scientist, Precision Hydration Co-Founder
In episode 290 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Andy Blow: Sports Scientist, Precision Hydration Co-Founder: ‘Carbohydrate fuelling for training & racing’ in this Expert Edition.
When it comes to hard training, long training and endurance racing events, it is critical that we have a plan for our carbohydrate fuelling, it’s an area Andy Blow shares around today that causes a lot of confusion and angst amongst endurance athletes.
The aim of this episode is to accelerate some learnings around how we best know and determine our carbohydrate fuelling goals and needs. Andy Blow co-founder of Precision Hydration and Former Elite professional long course triathlete shares around what he terms the three levers of fueling and why it’s so important that we replace the right amount of water electrolytes and get enough carbohydrate in to meet our energy demands and best performance and optimize training and recovery. Andy discusses how to choose which energy fuelling product is right for you be that energy drinks, energy gels, energy bars or energy chews and Andy will help you determine your carbohydrate intake needs.
To listen to Episode 290:
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- Welcome Andy
- Three Levers for Endurance Sports in terms of Fuelling
- Planning and Learning Fuelling
- How to Learn your Numbers
- Point System in Fuelling
- Role of Body Weight in Fuelling
- Absorption Rate
- Nutrition and Product Information
- Progress of Energy Bars
- Advice on carbohydrate Intake Pre-race
- Picking your Own Fuelling Preference
- Top 3 Tips for athletes to understand their fuelling numbers
- Physical Challenge
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“With shorter and/or less intense events, the amount of carbohydrate you need is going to be lower. As the distances and durations get longer, the amount of carbohydrate that you’re going to need to support that work increases.”
“If you stress the body a little bit, the body has an amazing capacity to adapt to all sorts of things.”
“You should be using the exact nutrition and hydration plan that you are going to execute on the day in your biggest and hardest training sessions.”
Three levers for endurance sports in terms of fuelling
– Right amount of water
– Right amount of electrolyte
– Enough carbohydrate
Advice on Picking up sources on fuelling preference
– Listen to your body
– Know the fuel practices
– Know what works for you
Top 3 Tips for athletes to understand their fuelling numbers
– Take the quick carb calculator to test
“Get the biggest hand paddle you’ve got and see how fast you can swim your reps and sets”- Physical Challenge
To follow Andy Blow
To follow Precision Hydration
04:00 Welcome Andy
05:45 Three Levers for Endurance Sports in terms of Fuelling
13:08 Planning and Learning Fuelling
17:09 How to Learn your Numbers
22:05 Point System in Fuelling
24:12 Role of Body Weight in Fuelling
28:00 Absorption Rate
35:00 Nutrition and Product Information
41:40 Progress of Energy Bars
43:42 Advice on carbohydrate Intake Pre-race
48:38 Picking your Own Fuelling Preference
51:53 Top 3 Tips for athletes to understand their fuelling numbers
55:20 Physical Challenge
Sam Appleton – 70.3 Triathlon Champion, Episode 70 of The Physical Performance Show
Dougal Allan – Multisport Champion & Head Coach DA Endurance, Episode 269 of The Physical Performance Show
Molly Seidel – American long distance runner.
David Bailey – (PhD) Head of Performance Team Bahrain Victorious (UCI World Cycling). High Performance in the Peloton, Episode 275 of The Physical Performance Show
Dave Scott – 6x #IRONMAN World Champion, Triathlon Coach
Camille Herron – ‘Queen of Ultra Running’ 50k, 100k, 24hr World Champion + 5x World Record Holder, Episode 243 of The Physical Performance Show
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