The HydroMash this past weekend was incredible. Respect to games-master Matt J. and the army of volunteers for putting on such an event. Thank you so much to all involved and to the two teams fielded from Camas. Karen, Becky, Patrick, and John took 5th and it was very close between those top teams the entire day.
Capping off the summer is Hood to Coast. The nature of this epic race brings up some interesting challenges with regards to fueling and fat intake in particular. What does it mean to be ‘fat adapted’ specifically related to training/performance? A few thoughts from ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll:
“…Then again, I am fairly well “fat adapted”. What does that mean? It means that over the course of the season and the years prior, I have done so much aerobic zone 2 training, that my body has become extremely efficient at burning fat for fuel. Not dietary fat — this does not mean I eat a ton of fat for purposes of burning it — but the fat that is stored throughout my body, which makes for a very efficient source of fuel on a long day when the body is properly trained to make maximum use of it. And when it’s a long day that means most of the training will be in the aerobic zone. In other words, the more fat adapted you become (via training, not diet), the more “efficient” you become in your training & racing. This doesn’t happen overnight. And it’s far less a function of what you eat than a result of putting in a ridiculous amount of training time over many years – it’s about patience. A couple years ago, I couldn’t run more than an hour without bringing nutrition with me. Now I can easily run over two hours before my body feels the need for additional calories. The point is that fat adaptation, over time, renders you less dependent upon the pre-workout meal for purposes of performance, particularly in training.”