|The post-race party has started|
Instead of eating meals and snacks made of local farm fresh ingredients, the marathon runners and triathletes I interviewed in the Fall of 2008 for a graduate research project regularly gulped down processed and packaged convenience foods chock full of artificial ingredients known by name only to food chemists with PhDs. And, forget about sitting down to a home cooked meal served on china with friends or family around the dinner table. Many of the athletes I surveyed frequently ate alone and took their meals in the front seat of a car, under a tree on a running trail or pulled out of their jersey’s back pocket while riding a bicycle. Finally, the competitive triathletes and ultra runners I surveyed didn't even think of a meal in the same way that "normal" people did. Instead of dining on a meal made up of a variety of ingredients found in nature with a glass of wine, they were computing food calories and ideal proportions of macronutrients to optimize their athletic performance and "hydrating". What was going on here?
The "good foods" and "bad foods" according to triathletes and marathon and ultra runners
Post-race celebrations: Reversal of food categories
Life is full of contradictions isn’t it?
Comfort Fuel (Runners World, October 2011)
Happy trails and, if you just finished a race, "Cheers!"