ATC 224: How Gels Could Sabotage Your Race, ‘Sweet Spot’ Training for Cycling, Social Pressures to Race, and More
December 9, 2016
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On this episode of Ask the Coaches with Lucho and Tawnee:
- Fat-adapted low-carb female runner experiences gut issues in half-marathon after taking sugary gels; she thought the high-intensity would require more sugar for fuel but the plan backfired, resulting in bloating and cramps.
- The more fat-adapted you are, the more you burn fat even at higher intensities.
- Gut-bomb effects of gels – more on the science of why they may wreak havoc.
- Fructose, maltodextrin, and also the bigger risks of gels if you have gut issues like SIBO or dysbiosis.
- Good alternative fuel strategies to gels for running races.
- Why UCAN digests differently than gels and traditional fuels.
- Will vasectomy patients experience low testosterone?
- How to mitigate chances of low T if you’re an endurance male athlete.
- Thoughts on sweet spot base training for cycling, i.e. lots of rides with increasingly longer intervals at 75%-95% of your FTP. Comparing this approach to MAF.
- Sweet spot is a more traditional threshold training program that can yield great results but comes with higher risk and increases chances of overtraining.
- Can sweet spot training be applied to running?
- What’s the deal with MAF for swimming; should we apply MAF to the swim?
- The importance of technique above all in swimming!
- Helping a 51-year-old male athlete find his “next thing” in sport, where he can also inspire and promote a positive message on health, fitness and nutrition to his daughter (who’s had an eating disorder) and wife…
- How to still be an all-around athlete but not get obsessed with training.
- Don’t feel like you have to race if you don’t want to!