Nutrition

In the Sahara desert in April, the day time heat can be very high (up to 40 degrees C), whilst it can also be very cold at night. Extremes of temperature and the distances covered require optimal nutrition and hydration. The runners must carry their own food and equipment for whole race, extra weight (up to a max of 15kg plus water) will add to calorific expenditure. They must have a minimum of 2000 calories (8360kJ) per day, which is checked by officials at the beginning and at spot checks during the race.

5 responses

4 12 2009
harrysimon

Harry check this out;

http://www.topendsports.com/sport/adventure/nutrition-ultra.htm

May be worth contacting.

10 01 2010
Simon

I had a problem with food during training. I didn’t like any Expedition Meals nor alternatives. I found them far too bulky and filling. In the end, from the forum, I learned that Sainsbury’s Instant Noodles have practically the same calorie-for-weight content (check this out don’t rely on me) as specialist foods for about 10% of the cost. I re-bagged them with a third of a vegetarian exped meal and on the event I managed them surprisingly well. I ate Expedition muesli for breakfast, and really enjoyed it. I took about 2400 per day and didn’t eat it all. My salty snacks were temping but I could eat them because of the blisters in my mouth so I had to swap for sweet snacks where I could. I would advocate a mix of the two. Normal M&Ms did not melt. Every day I looked forward to my Honey Stinger Gel and I wished I had two.
Electrolyte – Now this is where we really ARE all so different!! During training I found that I was prone to headaches, cramps and worst of all, my hands had a propensity to swell. Not just swell so that it was annoying, but swell until they were useless balloons. Through the help of experts and testing in the heat chamber, I identified that this was an electrolyte/ salt imbalance problem and that my need for both is very high. I tried Elete water, but the concentration was not high enough for me, and once it was it tasted oily and horrible. Nuuns were useful, but heavy, so I combined them with Endurolyte capsules and CIBA 500mg slow-release salt tablets which I used regularly throughout. After the first two hours on the dunes, it was obvious that this approach was perfect for me. Plus, I loved the discipline of watching the clock and taking a capsule every 15 mins, knowing that I was helping to keep myself from being severely disadvantaged. Between that and turning my cobber, I was never bored!

28 01 2010
Attila

All I can say is RESPECT!

Here’s a quote by T E Lawrence

‘By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars. We were a self-centred army without parade or gesture, devoted to freedom, the second of man’s creeds, a purpose so ravenous that it devoured all our strength, a hope so transcendent that our earlier ambitions faded in its glare.’

C’mon Harry-and Simon!!!

24 03 2010
Saunders

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH SIMON AND HARRY FOR THEIR HUGE MARATHON EFFORT.LOVE FROM VAL AND PATRICK.

27 03 2010
Sofia

Hi Simon, all the best, take care and run a mile for me

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