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Nutrition Plan - Adventure Racing - Kyle Peter

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kyle peterKyle Peter has been adventure racing for over 13 years, with over 25 expedition length races under his belt. He's also competed in 16 World Series races since 2010, with 6 wins and 10 podium finishes. He's had plenty of opportunities to test out his nutrition strategy to find just the right combination for him. Read below to see what keeps him racing and hitting the podium! 


Do you follow a specific diet? If so, describe it and explain how is it benefitting you? 
I have done Paleo diets, zero refined sugar diets, gluten free diets, and a few others, but the most effective diet for me to be strong and lean is to adhere to this great quote from Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I also seem to perform optimally when I can stay away from the baked goods (especially chocolate chip cookies)!

Do you have a health condition or allergy that requires you to have a special nutrition plan? 
No, but sugar seems to make me gain fat. :)

Do you supplement daily with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and amino acids? 
Yes, my daily assortment includes: SportMulti Multivitamin, Klean Omega fish oils, and Citrulline and Beta Alanine (like Beta and Citrulline from Proven Nutrition). 

What’s your pre-workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?  
I eat a meal 2-3 hours before training or completion. In the AM’s it is typically ‘overnight oats’. They are simple and delicious. Search the net for loads of recipes. Before shorter high-intensity trainings, strength training, and races I like to take SFH Push just before starting. If I feel hungry within 1 hour before longer / slower trainings or races I will eat a Honey Stinger Waffle or Bonk Breaker Energy Bar. For hydration I try to always be sipping on water throughout the day and make sure my pee is clear. I will add in Nuun or GU Hydration Drink Tabs throughout the day before a race.

What’s your during workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?  
I aim to eat 200-250 calories per hour and drink by feel. For races less than 6 hours I can just consume GU Roctane Energy Drink or Gel and GU Energy Chews. For races longer than that or for most trainings I consume a mixture of real food items, GU Energy Chews and Gels, and an assortment of bars.  Some of my favorites are Bonk Breakers, and Honey Stinger Waffles. For electrolytes I make sure I am drinking GU Hydration Drink Mix, GU Roctane Energy Drink Mix, and GU Hydration Drink Tabs along with supplementing with GU Roctane Electrolyte Capsules.

What’s your post-workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?  
I aim to drink a recovery drink w/i the first 30 mins of completing a training or race.  For years I have been drinking Endurox R4, but recently I have been enjoying the GU Recovery Drink Mix. I like to mix it with Almond Milk!! I then of course eat the next scheduled meal during the day. After strength sessions I like to finish of the workout with SFH Recovery to give my depleted muscles clean high quality whey protein and a bit of creatine!

Do you compete in different types of events? If so, is your nutrition/hydration plan that’s different for each event?  
Yes, less than 6 hours I can get by on GU Roctane and GU Chews, but once the races are over 12 hours I need to incorporate more fat and protein into the food bags.

In preparation for a major event, I like to change my plan by adding more protein and recovery nutrition. Right now I'm doing the following as I train about 20-30 hrs per week with 3 days of strength training per week:

SFH Omegas everyday while I'm at home and Klean Omegas while traveling
Proven Beta (1 serving before or during a workout) 
Proven Cit (2 servings before or during a workout)
M Drive Elite (3 pills with breakfast) 
Sport multi (3 pills with beakfast, 3 with dinner) 
Klean Omega (2 pills with Breakfast, 2 pills with dinner) or SFH Omega (1 tsp with breakfast) 
SFH Push (2X a week before strength training and I do 1/2 Proven Beta serving on those days) 
SFH Recovery (2X week after strength training).  

Any other nutrition/hydration secrets you’d like to share? 
Get some tiny baggies and put 3-4 electrolyte capsules in each one. Really easy to open on the go and not have to worry about getting a larger bag of them wet. Always make sure to keep your food handy on your backpack, and eat often! Food is your body’s fuel. Fuel it well and fuel it often. FEED THE MACHINE!!

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