Keep your Ironman Nutrition Simple - Figure out how to fuel your body
Keep your Ironman Nutrition Simple - Figure out how to fuel your body

Keep your Ironman Nutrition Simple – Figure out how to fuel your body

Keep your Ironman Nutrition Simple - Figure out how to fuel your body

Today we discover how easy it is to correct your Ironman nutrition mistakes. Maarten Seghers shares the secret to keeping his Ironman nutrition as simple as possible.

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Transcription:

BRAD BROWN: Welcome onto The Kona Edge. It’s time to chat some Ironman nutrition. We head back to Belgium now. Famous for Belgian waffles. Maarten Seghers joins us. Maarten, please tell me you don’t live on Belgian waffles.

MAARTEN SEGHERS: No, no. At some point I can actually eat everything I want. So, if I eat a Belgian waffle it’s not the worst thing in the world but it’s not my daily menu.

BRAD BROWN: I’ve got a friend who recently moved to the Netherlands and all he lives on, I think they’re called stroopwafels. That’s all he lives on.

MAARTEN SEGHERS: But a lot of the cyclists love it as well.

BRAD BROWN: Absolutely. They fit nicely into the back of the cycling vest, so great to have. But let’s talk about your nutrition.

How do you approach things? We haven’t spoken about nutrition at all. Are you very deliberate about what you put in your body?

Should you follow a special nutrition plan?

MAARTEN SEGHERS: I’m not an athlete that follows a special nutrition plan. I think you just have to think naturally about it. You just have to adjust your daily menu with the training sessions you want to do. I think it’s logical that if you don’t train a day, you don’t have to eat the same thing you ate when you trained for 5 hours. So, for me personally, my diet is mostly carbohydrates and I think it works the best for me. Because I think it’s the fuel. There are lots of discussions about diets. Some talk about diets with lots of fats, but for me it’s better to stay with a diet with lots more carbohydrates.

BRAD BROWN: As far as a general day for Maarten Seghers, like if you’re training hard for an Ironman, what would you typically eat in a day?

Hard training sessions require a hard eating routine

MAARTEN SEGHERS: My day starts with banana and oatmeal and some muesli for breakfast. Normally I eat something at 10 o’clock. It could be fruit or it could be a biscuit or something like that. Or a yoghurt. Mostly it’s something healthy.

Then for lunch I often eat pasta or rice, with chicken or something. As I said, it depends whether I trained in the morning or not. At 3 or 4 o’ clock I’ll eat something, and in the evenings I eat the same thing as my family.

But I also try to watch out not to eat greasy sausages or something like that. I think you need to use your head when it comes to food. Everyone knows what the wrong foods are. You just have to use your head then it’s no problem when you train a lot.

BRAD BROWN: Yes, like you say it’s common sense. If you stay away from processed food and rubbish. Try and stay as healthy and natural as possible then you’re 90% of the way there. From a racing perspective, what do you do race wise? Are you one that only drinks liquids or can you eat solids on the bike? What’s your race day strategy when it comes to nutrition?

Is carbo-loading the way to go with your Ironman nutrition?

MAARTEN SEGHERS: For my race day, normally I try to carbo-load 3 days before the race. Then I have a good breakfast on race day morning. The last few times I have used a cake that digests rapidly, so that’s a good thing to eat on race day morning.

About half an hour before the race I take a gel. After the swim, I try to hydrate with the sport drink of the sponsor. If I know for Lanzarote it will be PowerBar, then I try training with it a little bit so that I know I can digest it.

So, I take the sport drink of the sponsor and then some gels . I start the bike leg eating the bars and then after the half it’s only gels. In the run as well, every half an hour I take a small candy like thing, then the sport drink of the sponsor. Jjust eating every half an hour and then drinking the sport drinks.

Ironman nutrition mistakes and how to correct them

BRAD BROWN: What’s the biggest nutrition mistake that you’ve made in your Ironman career?

MAARTEN SEGHERS: I think the biggest mistake you can make is not eating enough and not drinking enough. Also, I started using salt as well because most of the time when you do an Ironman it’s hot. So you have to take salt as well. If you don’t drink enough you can go flat on the run.

BRAD BROWN: Well Maarten, thank you for your time today on The Kona Edge. Much appreciated. Best of luck. We look forward to following your progress and we look forward to catching up again soon. Thanks for your time.

MAARTEN SEGHERS: Yes. Thanks and bye.

About Us

Brad Brown is a 40 something age grouper that dreams of one day qualifying for and racing on the big island (He may have to outlive everyone in his age group though).

Morbidly obese in 2009, Brad clocked in at 165kgs (363lbs) at his heaviest.

He's subsequently lost a third of his body weight on the way to a half Ironman pb of 5:06 and a full Ironman pb of 12:21.

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