As some of you know, I am currently in training to race in the Calgary Half-Ironman this coming July 24. The race is comprised of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run, so needless to say, there are some rather large training requirements to complete that distance! As I have started ramping up my training volume, I have experienced a similar increase in my appetite. However, although I eat pretty healthy, I am not as good as I could be at satisfying those hunger pangs in the most healthy of manners.
This is why, I have decided to make the Monthly Challenge for May to keep track of all the food I eat so I can really understand my caloric intake, my carbohydrate/protein/fat proportions and also the levels of sodium and sugar I am consuming.
I am not doing this because I am trying to lose my weight, for me it is much more of a research experiment to supplement my triathlon training. As an endurance athlete, I should be getting a good portion of my daily nutritional needs from complex carbohydrates, not just simple ones. That is what I am most interested in shining the light on to see how I am doing.
This challenge is pretty simple. Each meal, snack and drink I consume will be logged and entered into my tracking tool. I am going to use the free MyFitnessPal website & app for this challenge. This tool has a huge database of foods and their nutritional content, as well as a good smartphone app, to make the tracking as easy as possible. It even has a UPC scanner to scan barcodes from food right in to the app! I will also be logging my exercise in the app to get a total view of my caloric needs.
When I am eating out or at someone else’s house, I will keep track of what I ate, and make a best estimate in the app to track the food. When at home though, I will be using my scale to measure the exact quantities to the gram each time I make new recipe this month.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to track things, so this challenge shouldn’t be that hard. I’m actually surprised I’ve never really done the whole nutrition tracking thing seriously in the past. I think the toughest part will be tracking the meals I don’t eat at home. However, like I said above, I will do a best guess estimate and just go with it!
I think the weekends with my heavy workouts will be the toughest to hit my total nutritional goals. The long rides and runs I do can burn 1,000 to 2,000 calories, which means a lot of eating!
Monthly Challenge Club
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