Working on nutrition

Nutrition is a huge component in training for an expedition.  I'm really good at eating.  The wrong stuff.  Training heavily for big trips in the Himalaya has taught me to think about food as fuel, because training is only part of the equation ... without good nutrition, my body won't realize the full benefit of working out.  So today I met with Jess Mullen at #fitfirst to put together a nutrition plan.  She stressed three things: 

1) Unless I'm prepping for a lengthy or intense training session in the morning, don't eat sugar or carbs for breakfast.  Instead eat protein and fat.  This will encourage my body to use fat as the source of fuel during less-intense morning workouts.

2) Visualize my plate at each meal, only 1/4 of it should be sugars and carbs.  The rest should be protein and fat.  Good fat.

3) For snacks - my downfall - balance fat and protein.  For example, eat a slice of avocado wrapped in high-quality deli meat.

It feels good to have a plan that will help me to make the most of training and to be in the best shape possible when I head to Pakistan in June!

K2 training ... DAY ONE!

It is humbling ... always ... to begin training after a few months of rest.   Today, my first day of training for #K2 was no exception.  I've trained for expeditions many times, but this time at the suggestion of my coach, Scott Johnston at #uphillathlete, I decided to start things off with some data! 

This morning I completed an aerobic efficiency test at #realrehab in Seattle.  The intention of the test is to determine the heart rate at which my body shifts from burning fat for energy to burning carbohydrates.  This is important for endurance athletes because our bodies run out of carbs before fat so when I burn fat, I'm able to climb longer.  As I'm training, it's also key to exercise below this threshold heart rate in order to build an aerobic base and to become more efficient at burning fat.  

Plus, who doesn't want to burn as much fat as possible!?