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The Road To Recovery – ALEXA LEARY

Alexa Leary is one of those truly special people in life. She is a talented Junior Elite Triathlete and World Title Medalist, who was well on her way to a successful career in sport, before she unfortunately suffered a tragic cycling accident. The accident in July 2021 left her with devastating brain and nervous system injuries. Over the past six months, Alexa has had the courage and dedication to make an unanticipated and exceptional recovery, with ongoing rehabilitation and some memory loss.

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You Are Only Bound by the Limits You Set – AUDREY

This week in the Bindi Athlete Interview Series, I interviewed Audrey Hall, an exceptional middle distance and mountain runner. Audrey has had an intense upbringing in sport and suffered from numerous injuries.

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Alcohol and athletic performance

The new year is a time to refresh, reset and recharge. It’s the time in which we set our goals and dreams for the upcoming year ahead. After the turbulent year that was 2021, it’s time to hit the reset button and make it happen. Take some some time to set your intentions for the year ahead with these consistent steps…

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Commit to Consistent in 2022

The new year is a time to refresh, reset and recharge. It’s the time in which we set our goals and dreams for the upcoming year ahead. After the turbulent year that was 2021, it’s time to hit the reset button and make it happen. Take some some time to set your intentions for the year ahead with these consistent steps…

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How to Carb Load for Race Day

Getting ready for a big race?  Wondering what all the carb-loading hype is about?  The purpose of carbohydrate loading is to give you the energy you need to complete an endurance event with less fatigue and to improve your athletic performance on race day. Heavy training will deplete your muscle glycogen stores, so in the lead up to a race a combination of tapered training and increased carbohydrate intake with have your muscles replenished and perfectly primed for race day.   

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The importance of nutrition for travelling athletes

Athletes will usually thrive around a routine of training and recovery including healthy nutrition and plenty of sleep.  At home and within our familiar environment, we have everything we need to stay on track. But when it comes to racing it can involve travelling, leaving our regular routines and disruption of sleep and even time zones.   So, how do we retain progress while on the road, and arrive in the best shape possible? Here are some of the best tools for staying on track with nutrition, even while you’re on the road.

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Race day Nutrition Plan for Ironman

Racing an Ironman can be one of the most exhilarating and incredible experiences of your life.  It can also be a totally awful day and a lot of this comes down to your nutrition choices.  If you’ve watched or raced an Ironman you’ve seen it before; athletes blowing up on the bike, vomiting on the run, cramping, collapsing at the finish line and being carted off into the medical tent.  Ironman racing can get messy at best and dangerous at worst.  This can happen to a lesser degree in other sports, but Ironman is a day when you can’t hide from your nutritional decisions.    

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Is carb-cycling right for you?

Athletes commonly vary between easy and hard days in training. It can be an advantage to plan food and nutrition around these training cycles and use a technique called carb-cycling. As sports nutrition shows us, some diet changes can help enhance our athletic performance, particularly in weight sensitive sports. They can even help us lose fat and improve performance, which is particularly helpful as we get closer to a race or competition.

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5 Tips for long ride nutrition

As training for any endurance event including cycling ramps up, your time on the bike will increase.  The intensity and duration of your sessions will increase, and so will your body’s carbohydrate demand.  Fuel your body well both before, during and after training, and the performance results will start to show.  Here are five handy tips for fuelling your longer rides for your peak performance.

What’s the difference between a sports drink and electrolyte drink?

There is a lot of nutrition information available about what to consume both before, during and after exercise.  Add in seemingly endless product options and you could be understandably a bit confused when it comes to fuelling and hydration.    Don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone.  At events, the most common question people ask is,…

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