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Tri Challenge: The race has come and gone – how do I stay healthy?
July 7th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Tri Challenge: The race has come and gone – how do I stay healthy?

Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., is the Food  and Nutrition Director at Health magazine. She is also the co-author, along with Ellen Kunes, of The New York Times bestselling book, "The CarbLovers Diet," published in August 2010. Largeman-Roth is the team dietitian for the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.

Photo Credit: John Nowak/CNN

In four short weeks, on August 7, the CNN Fit Nation 6-Pack will be taking a bracing leap into the Hudson River to begin one of the most memorable days of their lives. All of the incredible work they’ve put into their training and nutrition over the past six  months will be put to the test as they begin their 1-mile (1500m) swim, followed by a 24.8-mile (40k) bike, and then finally a 6.2-mile (10k) run.

After all the mud, sweat, and tears, I’m sure that at this point in their journey many of them are looking forward to the day after the Nautica New York City Triathlon as much as they’re anticipating the race itself. And let’s be honest, we’ve all felt this way before. I trained hardcore for about five months before my wedding, but I didn’t keep up with the intensity after I returned from my honeymoon. And most of us have cut back on booze and sweets in order to look trim for a wedding, a reunion, or another big life event.

Unless you’re an elite athlete, keeping up with a grueling training schedule, plus a restricted diet year-round is unrealistic for most people. Even Hollywood types are notorious for eating and exercising differently when they’re taping from when they have downtime. So where do you find that happy middle? The place where you’re eating for health and energy on a daily basis, not necessarily for endurance or quick energy to get you through a workout?

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Ten tips for triathlon nutrition
March 14th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Ten tips for triathlon nutrition

Throughout the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, we will be posting weekly workout and meal plans so you can follow along at home.  Today's posting is the first four weeks of meal plans, including links to recipes.

Congrats! You’re embarking on an amazing physical and mental challenge. In the months to come you’ll be pushing your body harder than ever, and that means you need to be taking in the right nutrients to fuel your workouts and help repair muscle breakdown. Good luck!

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