Countdown to some big events

It's February and things are really starting to heat up for a lot of Next Level Nutrition clients. With the Kona Odyssey and Ironman Melbourne just a handful of weeks away there's a flurry of activity of clients fine tuning their nutrition plans and ensuring they're ready for the big event. It's important to remember to practice your race nutrition strategies in training first, to make sure it's all going to plan. To quote Professor Asker Jeukendrup, a researcher and very acomplished triathlete in his own right: "Many athletes train their body, some athletes train their brain, few athletes train nutrition". If you can be one of the few that do practice their nutrition,then chance are it'll pay dividends on race day.


Running the Bicentennial National Trail

This one's a run but not a race. And if you're wondering what on earth the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) is you're probably not alone. Built in 1988 to celebrate the bicentennary, the BNT is a continuous walking track that runs the length of the Great Dividing Range, from Healesville in Victoria to Cooktown in Far North Queensland. And in a little under 8 weeks, ultra runner Richard Bowles will set out to be the first person ever to run the entire length of the the track!

This is no small undertaking. The BNT covers 5330km of mountains, deserts, valleys and rainforest, and is the longest continuous multi-use trail in the world. It will take Richard around five and a half months of running roughly a marathon each day to get there. This obviously takes a huge physical toll on the body.

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Enter Next Level Nutrition, to help Richard with his epic run. I've been working with Richard in his preparation for the event, ensuring he's in top shape when he starts, helping to plan his meals and sports nutrition during each day, and making sure he recovers from one day to the next. It's a unique challenge running every day for several months, so I'll be working with Richard as well as his partner and support crew Vickie Saunders to make sure his weight, hydration and energy levels stay optimised, and minimise his risk of illness or injury. With the benefits of online consulting that Next Level Nutrition offers this can occur regularly throughout Richard's run, no matter where his campervan support vehicle is parked for the night. And when it's all over I'll sit down and write up a case study on what I did and how it worked.

To find out more about Richard's amazing run, check out his website: Richard's also using the run to raise money for the mental health charity Sane - if you'd like to donate to Richard and the charity the details are also on the website.

search2retain cycling team at the road national championships

Those of you who follow road cycling will no doubt remember the thrilling national road race at Mount Buninyong a few weekends ago. Like many people I headed up to Buninyong to check out the action, and meet with the the guys from search2retain Cycling that I'll be working with this year.

search2retain had a great day out, with two riders finishing in the top 20 over the 163km course of unrelenting climbs and descents. Jay Bourke was the first non-UCI registered rider to complete the course, and Neil van der Ploeg toughed it out with one other rider to make it to the finish behid the peleton. In the end only 21 of the 140 riders made the finish line, so for search2retain to have two finishers in amongst the top European pros is a great result.

The next stop for the team is the national mountain bike championships in Eagle Park, South Australia. Luke Fetch is one of the favourites to take out the Under 23 Men's title, and the team will also be well represented in the senior event.

Next Level Nutrition will continue working with te team over the 2012 season, helping the boys meet their body composition goals and prepare for their races. To visit the search2retain website click here



Understanding fatigue during sport

It doesn’t seem so obvious, but one of the most basic aspects of sports nutrition is to understand how fatigue limits performance during sport. Think about it – nutrition is often promoted as helping to delay or prevent fatigue, or improve athletic performance. So if this is correct, then there must be an interplay between nutrition and how the body develops or experiences fatigue.

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Best of luck to those Next Level Nutrition clients participating in events during the month of February:

10th February - Stromlo Real Insurance All Mountain Cup - XCO Mountain Bike National Series

10-12th February - Geelong Multisport Festival, VIC - Olympic Distance and 2.80.20 triathlon

11th February - 2XU Falls Creek Triathlon & Trail Running Festival, VIC - Long Course Triathlon & 9km trail run

15th February - 2012 Running Fit Super Sunset Series, Tan Track VIC - 4km and 8km run

18th February - Kona Odyssey - 100km and 50km mountain bike marathon

22nd February - 2012 Specialized Australian MTB Championships, Eagle Park SA - XCO Mountain Biking



Alan McCubbin

B. Nutr Diet, AN, APD, Accredited Sports Dietitian

Next Level Nutrition



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