Rocket Fuel

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - KM

Con­tin­ued from p.68 share the same strug­gles and ef­fort to get through train­ing and rac­ing. A spe­cial cer­e­mony was held in Kona where leg­ends like Paula New­byFraser, Dave Scott, Mark Allen and Craig Alexander, along with An­drew Mes­sick and race di­rec­tor Diana Bertsch greeted and com­mended our ef­forts and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport, which made us all feel wel­come and de­serv­ing to be at the world cham­pi­onship.

So, if your pride is pre­vent­ing you from try­ing to make it to Kona through the Legacy pro­gram, I sug­gest you put that aside and get to Kona how­ever you can get there. The race in Kona lives up to the hype. The 2015 Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship was the great­est ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had in my 20-plus years in triathlon.

If and when you do get there, make sure that you bring along your fam­ily to soak in the Kona ex­pe­ri­ence. They make huge sac­ri­fices along the way and they, too, de­serve to en­joy the spoils of this Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship berth. My best mem­o­ries from my Kona ex­pe­ri­ence in­volve the ac­tiv­i­ties I did with my fam­ily: the Un­der­pants Run with my daugh­ter – a must do for ev­ery­one; the Pa­rade of Na­tions – it was so cool of pro Jeff Sy­monds to join the rest of us Cana­di­ans (he had one of the best runs on race day so there should be no ex­cuse to par­tic­i­pate in this clas­sic event); play­ing in the ocean with my daugh­ter and see­ing sea tur­tles; ex­plor­ing the awe­some is­land with fam­ily and dis­cov­er­ing all that it has to of­fer; and fam­ily meals in a set­ting that can’t be beat.

Leg­ends like Mark Allen and Peter Reid de­scribe a spe­cial en­ergy on the is­land of Kona, and I cer­tainly felt it upon land­ing. In case I needed re­mind­ing, Madam Pele greeted us with a rush of heat and gusts of wind upon ex­it­ing the plane. I took it as a warn­ing that there was lit­tle hope for a race day with­out heat and wind. We had record heat on race day and the wind was not too friendly, ei­ther. You could sense the ner­vous en­ergy among the ath­letes at the air­port as we waited for our bag­gage and you could def­i­nitely sense the ex­cite­ment and en­ergy amp up on the is­land as race day ap­proached.

The week be­fore the race is a tri geek’s par­adise. The sport’s best can be seen just walk­ing the streets and you rou­tinely see stars out for a pre-race train­ing ses­sion. There are a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties to take part in and the all the big com­pa­nies have prod­ucts to try and buy. Matthew Kadey Velo­press 2016

For those look­ing for “real-food” op­tions for their rac­ing and train­ing en­deav­ours, Rocket Fuel is a must-read book filled with in­for­ma­tion and recipes that will keep you go­ing through all your ath­letic ex­ploits. Writ­ten by nu­tri­tion­ist Matthew Kadey, the book isn’t just a cook­book – it of­fers a se­ries of guide­lines that de­mys­ti­fies the world of sports nu­tri­tion and helps you come up with a plan to keep your­self en­er­gized be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter your work­outs.

The 126 recipe ideas in­clude snacks like muffins, bars and cook­ies, light meals in­clud­ing pies and wraps, work­out foods like bites and gels, along with some tasty smooth­ies that can en­hance breakfast or help you re­cover af­ter a train­ing ses­sion. There are lots of dairy free, gluten free, veg­e­tar­ian and pa­le­ofriendly recipes in­cluded, too.

Kadey does a great job of re­mind­ing us that fu­elling doesn’t need to be com­pli­cated, and that real foods can work just as well as pack­aged sports nu­tri­tion prod­ucts when it comes to per­for­mance.–

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