Happy Friday! Have you been enjoying the Olympics as much as I have? We have been tuning in every night, especially for alpine ski, cross-country ski, snowboard, biathlon, and speed skate.
“The Simple Meal That’s Powering Team USA” from Michael Easter for Outside.
A common misconception about elite athletes is that they eat restrictive diets and trendy superfoods – when the reality is quite the opposite. According to this article from Outside, a majority of American athletes at the Olympics rely on oats, eggs, and coffee to power through their performances and competitions. Nothing fancy – just some good carbs, protein, and caffeine.
Speaking of performance foods, I tried the Picky Oats from this month’s StrideBox. These satisfied my post-run hunger and tasted flavorful without being too sweet like other pre-packaged oats. Definitely worth eating, especially for race mornings, travel, or backpacking!
“What Olympic Cross-Country Skier Jessie Diggins Eats during Training” by Elizabeth Narins for Cosmopolitan (yes, you read that right)
Jessie Diggins, one half of the team that won the first-ever gold for the U.S. in cross-country ski, shared a peek into her training and eating for both a training day and rest day. I find it so fascinating to see how athletes eat, especially with such high training volume (such as 3.5 hours workout in the morning, followed by an hour in the afternoon!).
The first ever American gold in cross-country skiing was won with an epic strong finish in the last few meters. Her final push is incredible – I can’t stop watching it!
After watching the Olympics, it was extra fun to play in the snow in Bend this past weekend. While I will retreat to the treadmill at the first sight of ice, I actually enjoy running in snow – especially on a dirt trail along the Deschutes River.
What has been your favorite moment in these Winter Olympics?
What’s your favorite meal for performance?