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Next Level Nutrition: Marathon des Sables - A test of body, mind and dietitians!

Next Level Nutrition: Marathon des Sables - A test of body, mind and dietitians! | Endurance Sports Nutrition | Scoop.it

Endurance sports take many forms, which is why it's so interesting to work with endurance athletes from a nutrition perspective. The general aims are more or less the same, but the practical reality of each event type creates enormous diversity in how those basic nutiritonal goals are executed. And at the extreme end of the practicality scale lies the Marathon des Sables - a multi-day, multi-stage foot race across the Sahara in Morocco. 

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In 2013 I got the opportunity to work with two clients to plan their nutrition for the Marathon des Sables. Here's some information about I put it all together.

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Nutrition and Muscle Cramps – What does the science say? |

Nutrition and Muscle Cramps – What does the science say? | | Endurance Sports Nutrition | Scoop.it

There are a lot of opinions about why cramping occurs and everyone has their own advice when the topic comes up. Many sports drinks tell you that they key to preventing cramps is magnesium, bike fitters will tell you your saddle is too high, and I've heard dozens of different home remedies. Personally, I've always maintained the belief that cramping is most often caused by extending yourself beyond your fitness abilities (but I have no scientific proof of that). In this post, Alan McCubbin from Next Level Nutrition tells us what the research says about cramping.

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Bicycling Video | Bicycling Magazine

Bicycling Video | Bicycling Magazine | Endurance Sports Nutrition | Scoop.it

Chef Biju Thomas of Skratch Labs feeds the pro peleton at races like the Tour of California and walks us through his rice cake race food (video).

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I make these rice cakes with the search2retain p/b health.com.au team for races of >5 hours. They're a great alternative to gels and bars.

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Sports nutrition strategies |

Sports nutrition strategies | | Endurance Sports Nutrition | Scoop.it

Back in April 2010 CT wrote a post on the benefits of time trial equipment to performance, based on wind tunnel data. I remember thinking I’d love to do the same for nutrition, and compare to other strategies cyclists use to get an edge.

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What are the benefits you can expect to see from different sports nutrition strategies such as carb loading, adequate hydration, caffeine and others? In this article for Cycling Tips I looked at the scientific literature and what it said about the performance gains to be made from each strategy.

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