With Christmas upon us, we're releasing our final podcast for 2021 a few days early. Olympic marathoner Sinead Diver joins us to give a behind-the-scenes look at how the team prepared for the heat of Tokyo 2020, and her pesonal experiences trying out pre-race hyperhydration with glycerol and sodium, pre-cooling with slushies, and altering perception of temperature with menthol.

We're joined by Dr Meg Ross, a sports scientist who worked with the Australian Institute of Sport Nutrition team and Australian Catholic Univesity for over a decade, running research studies to prepare athletes for hot Olympic Games. We discuss her PhD work on pre-cooling with ice slushies prior to the 2008 Beijing Games, and more recent work on pre-exercise hyperhydration with sodium and glycerol, and the use of menthol to alter the perception of temperature in the lead-up to the Tokyo Games. We cover the practical aspects, and how these strategies could be implemented by runners, cyclists & triathletes of all levels.

A sports dietitian working with both professional and recreational cyclists and triathletes, Dr Gemma Sampson joins us to discuss the commercial and DIY alternatives to energy gels and bars. A passionate cook, Gemma spends a lot of time experimenting with DIY training snacks - she'll give us the run down on what makes a good choice for your next session.

It's the 1st birthday of the podcast, and to celebrate we're summarising all of the 24 previous topics in one jam-packed episode! From "Is low carb right for me?", to "Why do I get gut issues during exercise?", and "Can I have a beer after my hard training session?", we'll provide 2-3 minute summaries of each of them to bring you up to speed on any you've missed.

It's our 50th episode with a very special guest and a very special topic. Prof. Andy Jones (University of Exeter) joins us to discuss his role with the Nike Breaking2 Project back in 2017. We discuss Andy's role in athlete testing and selection, supporting Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese, how he predicted their running times, the nutrition planning, and how it unfolded on the day.

A former cyclist in the National Road Series with Specialized Women's Racing, Sophie Mackay shares not only her experience of under-fuelling and the impacts on health & performance, but the remarkable turnaround which culminated in the highlight of her racing career.

A regular in Australia's National Road Series and now High Performance Manager for Knights x LMLY Racing, cyclist Kate Perry shares her journey with low energy availability and the consequences that can occur when under-fuelling for your training load.

We're joined by Margot, an Accredited Sports Dietitian who is just finishing up her PhD research with the University of Canberra & the Australian Institute of Sport, looking at the consequences of under-fuelling in elite athletes. We discuss how to define adequate fuelling for training, what happens if you under-fuel, how do you know if you're eating enough, and what to do about it if you're not.

Following her Olympic debut in the 5000m at Tokyo, Izzi Batt-Doyle joins us to discuss how she has managed the relationship between body composition and performance throughout her career and the challenges along the way, from domestic racing in Australia to the US Collegiate system, and now as an elite athlete.

We're joined by Associate Professor Gary Slater (University of the Sunshine Coast & National Performance Nutrition Network Lead, Australian Institute of Sport). Gary has significant expertise and research interest in body composition for athletes. We discuss whether leaner = faster running or riding, considerations for athletes of all levels and body compositions, as well as his experience organising and providing nutrition services for the Australian team village at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Olympian and Australian national record holder in the women's 800m, Catriona Bisset joins us to discuss her approach to aligning a vegan diet with her goals as an athlete. Full of personal experience, tips & tricks for anyone who is or wants to switch to predominately plant-based eating.

A/Prof at Bond University, Nutrition Lead for Triathlon Australia and vegetarian himself, Greg joins us to share his thoughts on plant-based and vegan diets for runners, cyclists & triathletes, whether they are adequate (or superior) for performance & recovery, and key considerations for those thinking of eliminating some or all animal-based foods.

Fresh off 2nd place at the CCC event at Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, ultrarunner and running coach Scotty Hawker joins us to discuss his past battles with gut issues, the role of FODMAPs in these, the careful elimination and reintroduction of FODMAP containing foods to find the source of the problem, and how he manages this today.

Steph takes the lead on this one given her expertise in FODMAPs, explaining what they are, why they're relevant to exercise, when and how to eat a low FODMAP diet, and who might benefit.

Alistair Donohoe joined us from his hotel in Izu as he prepared to race on the velodrome & the road at the Tokyo Paralympics. An avid coffee lover, Al discusses how he plans caffeine around training & competition, and his thoughts on withdrawal and re-introduction of caffeine on race day.

Dr Chris Irwin (Griffith University) joins us to answer a question that has many coffee lovers sweating on the answer. A sports dietitian and researcher who has studied caffeine withdrawal and re-introduction, Chris discusses whether there's a benefit from caffeine abstinence in the lead up to key races.

With the Paralympics kicking off this week we're joined by a member of the Aussie team, triathlete David Bryant, to discuss how he plans his protein across the day in training. A sports dietitian himself when he's not training & racing, Dave also shares the tips and tricks he uses with the athletes he works with.

We're joined by A/Prof. Dan Moore (University of Toronto), who's done many of the existing studies relating specifically to protein and endurance exercise. In this episode he'll discuss the unique features of endurance sports that might be relevant to having increased protein needs, where the science is at currently, and what he recommends runners, cyclists & triathletes need in terms of protein intake.

We're joined by Dr Alice McNamara, a trail and vertical runner, former elite rower, and also a medical doctor working at trail races across country Victoria. Alice shares her experiences with hyponatraemia as a race doctor, as well as other insights for athletes and race directors on all things medical support.

Alan shares his knowledge on exercise-associated hyponatraemia, the role of water vs sodium, is drinking to thirst all that's needed, and how else can we prevent this potentially dangerous condition?

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