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The World is so enamoured with carbs, sugars and energy. Rightly so, but the question that I have been wrestling with for a few years is:

Is this right?

Digging into this question has also been a journey in discovering balance.

I believe that KetoNutrition will help me on this because they also seek to find the right balance. Together we will see if I can get to my ultra!!

Here we go again, and it will be a rinse and repeat until I get it right. Actually, if I finish there will always be another ….

This year I must get things correct, this means nutrition, strength, conditioning and functionally training. To this end I have chosen to partner with:

Sean Tait from Off The Mark Training and Shannon Van Moorst from Andrew Gray Biokinetics

Nutrition is a major factor in big endurance events like this, yet I have no plan right now, a bad sign. In the past I have tried to go Keto with Keto Nutrition, but I am unable to follow that lifestyle unless my family and I follow completely different diets. So it might be that I try to simply say away from the unhealthy stuff and eat a balance diet throughout the year.

See you at the start line and the finish line.

Soooooo, taking all the lessons I had learned from my previous experience with the One Tonner, I bombed again. Again I tried to go without any carbs, again I go to a point where I just could not any more. Truth is, I used it as an excuse downgrade to the 30km, ha ha ha

Anyway, the Beast is a great run that is extremely difficult because of the technical terrain and the amount of elevation gain, I thing that Trevor from Energy Events is a sadist – lol, but it make for an epic challenge.

My strategy was to attempt to keep my Heart Rate down in the Aerobic zone which was near impossible because even walking up the steep inclines was already taxing. Maybe I can keep my HR down if I train more with that in mind. The MAF method is something that can teach you, over time, to run at faster and faster efforts while keeping the Heart Rate in the Aerobic zone. Up to now I had not even tried it out, so my body was not even ready for such an attempt.

Once again I ran without any carbs, in future the plan will be more balanced so that I can have a small portion in my system that I can use on demand when there is no way to stay aerobic.

There is a point in the race where you can slip down Platteklip and change from a 50km to a 30km, it is too bad that they have that because it became a easy decision for me to opt out. Arrrrg, but that in itself is another lesson.

Next up for me is the 2017 Table Mountain Challenge where I feel that I am better prepared physically and nutritionally. I plan to follow a more balance approach that I document once I have completed the experience.

A few months after I started the whole banting thing in 2015, I decided that it was time for me to put this to the test. So why not try it out in a race? I mean really, where was my mind?  Anyway, it was not like I was going to win; banting or not. Who has ever tried something new in a race? And blown? Catastrophically? The nutritional plan that I was going to follow was not thought out at all. Here is what happened…

Mistake Number 1

Up to that point my nutrition was up to scratch, so I had thought. Right now I am watching my macros meticulously, back then I really had no idea. The bad stuff was off the plate; sugar, cakes etc, but without knowing it I was never in ketosis. Never was I going to reap the benifits of fat burning, even though that was the plan.

Remedy : I should have been tracking my food and making sure that I was sticking to my plan. When you are trying to cut out carbs, it is not easy because there are so many things that have carbs without you knowing it.

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Who has not heard about Banting and ketosis? Who has actually applying it successfully in training and in races? I know I have not, but I am trying again. Twice before I tried and twice I failed, dismally. So, over the last few weeks I have been seriously strict about my diet and over the next while I will continue to test my limits while in ketosis. Actually I have no way to test if I am in ketosis, currently. Over the next few post I am going to detail where I went wrong before and how I believe that I am going to get it right for the Table Mountain Challenge in less than a month.

First, what is ketosis and why be concerned about it? Continue Reading…