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As a triathlete, my biggest nutrition challenge is making that transition to the off-season. The year I trained for Ironman Wisconsin, that 140.6 mile race was the last of my season and when I was all finished up it was hard to adjust back to a normal diet. I had spent the past 9+ months […]

BY Alex | December 22, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

what you should know about eating in the off-season

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As you’ve likely read, my sport of choice is triathlon. Since 2009, I’ve done about 25 races, ranging from sprints all the way up to the full 140.6-mile Ironman. What I really love about the sport is the diverse range of ages in athletes you see out on the course. There are athletes in their […]

BY Alex | October 11, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Fueling Aging Athletes

fueling aging athletes

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Welcome back to part 2 (of 2) of my unexpected, crazy-ass birth story. If you’ve read part 1, you know that I was admitted to the hospital with very high blood pressure and earned myself a ticket to be induced at 36 weeks and 3 days. Now as the induced labor progresses my memory of […]

BY Alex | August 8, 2018 | Personal

my unexpected birth story – part 2

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I’ve been going back and forth for months about whether to share my pregnancy/birth story with the world. I always thought it was a little weird to share as it’s so personal and can easily become a too-much-information situation. That being said, I had a very scary and unexpected situation giving birth to my little […]

BY Alex | August 8, 2018 | Personal

my unexpected birth story – part 1

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Merriam-Webster defines an athlete as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina.” There there’s Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike. In high school, if you were involved with a team sport you were dubbed an “athlete”. While the rest were just PE students. The adult […]

BY Alex | July 16, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Defining an Athlete

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Like a lot of women, while pregnant I suffered from morning sickness (aka all-freakin-day sickness). From six weeks to twelve weeks pregnant I was in a constant state of nausea and simply felt like crap. The worst was the lack of appetite, and having to force myself to eat. I typically did feel better when […]

BY Alex | July 6, 2018 | Personal

My Cure for Morning Sickness (well, temporarily at least)

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Yes, I’ll admit I’ve riding the Instant Pot bandwagon hard for the past year. I’m usually one of those that avoids participating in popular trends, or at least I wait until the hype as died down. But there was something about the Instant Pot that really appealed to me, and as soon as mine arrive […]

BY Alex | May 3, 2018 | Personal

Reasons Why I Love My Instant Pot

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Hydration is essential for athletes, and dehydration can occur at any time in any climate. Even the smallest amount of dehydration can negatively impact athletic performance. A method to determining how much fluid you need to drink during a workout is by measuring your sweat rate. Sweat rate is typically higher in men and in […]

BY Alex | April 1, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

How-To Determine your Hydration Needs

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I have a story. It’s one I haven’t shared a lot. Only to close family and friends. It’s my story of infertility. Everyone’s life can look perfect from the outside, but the truth is that everyone is dealing with something. Everyone has their struggles. My struggle was becoming a mom. Everyone’s infertility story is different. […]

BY Alex | March 15, 2018 | Personal

My Infertility Story

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Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are very common in endurance athletes. All you need to do is gather a group of long-distance athletes together and bring up the conversations of GI problems. Before long you’ll hear a selection of horror stories of planning training routes with bathrooms available, running with toilet paper, diving into the ditch to […]

BY Alex | March 12, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Code Brown! Exercise-Induced GI Distress

GI distress nutrition

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