Author Topic: training your intestinal tract  (Read 1430 times)

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makel

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training your intestinal tract
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:43:48 AM »
I remember a discussion from a few weeks ago, and there was debate about consuming calories while training. I just came across this:

"Consuming enough calories is more important than the form of the calories. With endurance athletes, research suggests the faster finishers consume more calories than the slower finishers. (Ironman Champ Chrissie Wellington consumed about 335 calories/hour when she won at Hawaii.) The challenge is to train the intestinal tract to manage that much fuel. If you are an endurance athlete, part of your training program is to practice your fueling so you can train your intestinal tract as well as your heart, lungs and muscles." (Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics))

It's only a snipit from the article, but it says what I was trying to type better. :)

EDR

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Re: training your intestinal tract
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 11:58:01 AM »
As someone who is 'intestinal tract challenged' this has been a life long pursuit of mine.  The first thing I did was find stuff that didn't upset my stomach.  For example I used to eat Powerbars (before starting make my own) over say Cliffbars because Cliffbars gave me gas.  Not that Powerbars are better just that they were better for me.  Same goes for my recovery drink. I found that Recoverite didn't jack up my stomach while Endurox did. 


Next I got all scientific and stuff.  Looking at my caloric consumption during races I came up with a homemade drink that A) I could digest without stomach distress and B) replaced those burned calories quickly and efficiently.  Now I don't have that mid race bonk that was suffering from.   Prior to this I would use gels and or Cheerpacks which although worked always gave me diarrhea after the race.
 
The other thing I do is sip constantly on longer races.  I'm conscious  of how much and how often I drink and average one bottle an hour or more if it's really hot.  I also live by the adage, "eat before you are hungry and drink before you are thirsty".

makel

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Re: training your intestinal tract
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 04:12:38 PM »
EDR, I agree, you should try different things out, and you need to learn how stay hydrated and what works for you. Waiting till race day is not the time to try it and figure it out. You need to do it during training as well. What might work for an hour or two may not work for four hours, and some products work better than others, everyone is different.  :)