Yesterday i started the 30day Challenge. I have been reading MDA for a year or so and after hearing about it from other triathletes. I have learned alot over the last year or two and thought that since my off season has officially started i would take the down time to adjust my body to burn more fast as fuel. Since racing triathlons all summer most of my nutrition has been based on carbohydrates in the form of oatmeal, wheatfree bread, quinoa and sweetpotatos. When i am training hard i get a nasty habit of eating sugar granola type cereal at nights(1-3cups).
My Goal of the 30 days other than to give the carbs a break is to work on my metabolic efficiency so when i start training hard again in january i will be able to burn more fat as fuel during these sessions and save prescious glycogen.
Please feel free to add any comments regarding my nutrition as i have not yet read the book but will be ordering a copy soon. I have read similar reads like Paleo diet for athletes and other related posts on this website. I am 5'7 and 140-143 depending on the time of the season. i have been alot lighter but this is the weight i feel i can still maintain a strong swim/bike leg in the triathlon.
The reason i am embarking on this challenge is to improve my health and to avoid gaining any weight during my time off and to kick my chocolate granola addiction. This Journal will also keep me honest as i must track what i eat. I have a challenge with myself that i can fuel my body from fat/protein during this transition phase and early months of base training. As things ramp up i will be adding in some carbhoydrates before and after sessions to work on recovery but right now its all about surviving the holidays. Oh and i am Canadian living in the USA if that matters for this form. I have read other Canadians on the forum and i thought i would mention it.
I am hoping that i survive i would like to get leaner but for the most part i would like to not gain weight. I have talked about these primal ways with other athletes i race against and i am happy to be starting the challenge so i can prove you can periodize your eating during the season to get leaner and improve the ratio of the macronutrients you use as fuel. I really enjoy criticism so feel free to help me out over the next month.
Thanks for reading!