Kona: Bindi’s Tips for the Big Island (yes, there is good coffee!)
It’s that time of year again, Kona time. For many people, Kona is the pinnacle of hours, days, months and years of training.
Touching down on the Big Island is akin to landing on hallowed ground, and the atmosphere is electric. I doubt anywhere in the world has such a concentration of fit, tanned, lycra-clad bodies in the world than Hawaii in October!
A lot of our talk about nutrition will focus on the big stuff. The macros of protein, carbs and fat, or what makes the perfect post training breakfast. But if you are on a decent training program and expending plenty of energy each day, there’s a good chance you will need snacks between your meals…
The marathon. What a beautiful, challenging and even mythical distance. Throughout history, runners have challenged themselves in both mind and body over this distance. The first marathon commemorated the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C to announce the defeat of the Persians….
We all know sugar tastes good and it’s hard to stop at just a small sample of anything deliciously sweet. But are you actually addicted? It’s certainly possible, as sugar activates opiate receptors in your brain to make you feel good emotionally, even if only in the short term. But once the sugar high wears…
Travel can be an important part of life as an athlete and it is vital for you to know how to stay healthy when travelling. Whether you are an elite or competitive athlete, there is a good chance you have travelled to a race, and after all the hard work in training you want to…
Green is the new black, and it suits everyone. While fashion may not be my forte (lycra anyone??), I do know a lot about nutrition, and when it comes to upping your daily intake of vitamins and nutrients, I’m all over it.
While hippies have been spouting the benefits of a plant-based diet for decades, the rise in popularity of superfoods and drinks has increased exponentially in the last few years. Why? In honesty, it’s because the benefits of a daily dose of super greens are undeniable.
Supergreens and superfoods in general are getting plenty of media hype, and quite rightly so. Supergreen powders contain antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients which pack a real nutritional punch. Let’s have a look at the benefits of supergreen powders and why they really do work to alleviate the physical stress of exercise.
Training for an endurance event? Your results on race day will rely on what you put in your mouth on a daily basis, just as much as your training workouts. There are so many new ideas, eating fads, diet experiments, and trusted old-fashioned approaches. How do you work out your own individualised sports nutrition strategy – the one that will reap results for you?
As pro athletes the world over compete in last-ditch efforts to accrue qualification points for the Ironman World Championships, we thought we’d talk a little about what it takes an age-grouper to hit the big island.
Now it’s time to look to the Gold Coast and the ITU World Championships, running from 11-14 September. We have our largest contingent of Australian athletes representing this fabulous country ever this year, and every one of us here at Bindi HQ is ready and waiting to cheer for you all!
A stunning location, the Gold Coast course promises excellent spectator value and fast times for both Sprint and Standard Distance events – there is nothing better than running up that blue carpet to the finish line.