I’m a big believer that anything you do in life that is important to you needs to be done on a way that it is sustainable and you can do it for the long run. If you want to work to make a lot of money 20 hours a day, you eventually will burn out. If you want to be the fastest you can be training 10 hours a day, you eventually will burn out. If you want to eat this so specific diet, you eventually will burn out. My believe is that you need to find balance on the things that are important to you.
Let’s think that you row to enjoy gliding, get fit and go fast. You like the rowing motion and winning and feeling good with yourself. If that is your goal with rowing then you need to remember one KEY THING:
- No matter how hard yo train, No matter how often you train, No matter how talented you are, NO matter how many races you win, IF YOU DON”T ROW PROPERLY you will NEVER FULLY ENJOY THE SPORT OF ROWING.
I believe that everyday, every stroke you take will develop the way you row. The same way you are what you eat, meaning that your body is the result of what you put in your mouth, your rowing will be the result of every stroke you take.
I firmly believe and support that humans need to really pay attention to what they eat all the time to be healthy and really help their body as rowers need to pay attention to every stroke and movement they make to really do it right and develop properly and avoid injuries.
The stroke you repeat over and over on training is the stroke that you will do on racing and will wire on your body. You will develop your body the way you train. The way you take your strokes is the way you develop your stroke and develop your body.
There is a big similarity on ROWING and EATING!
If you want to take charge of your ROWING and do good strokes and develop well your body but are in a TEAM BOAT where the rest doesn’t do it and the coach doesn’t know how to help you all is like if you live in a house with 8 friends and one of them buys bad food and cooks it and this is the only thing that is available and you can eat. It doesn’t matter what do you think because in order to YOU to improve you might only have 2 choices:
a) Ask the coach to learn and help you all, Change the way the TEAM works to do it right. IS POSSIBLE. That will be like talking to the guy who buys the groceries and changng the diet of the whole house.
b) Go to sculling and train alone to take charge of your ROWING and IMPROVE. Get out of the house and Do your own thing or start buying your own food and cook it for YOURSELF!
In both cases lots of pressure from the GROUP!!
As children, many of us were told that putting food into our bodies is akin to pumping fuel into a car. In a way, this is true. Just as gas is burned to power an engine, we all know food provides the calories that fuel our movements and involuntary systems.
Unlike a car, however, we are living organisms. Our cells die and need to be replaced. Our fluids must be replenished. Rather than running on only one type of high-octane gasoline, our bodies require a varied diet of different foods to properly support our organs, muscles, bones, and brain. Bits of our food actually become part of our bodies.
Let’s suppose you eat a balanced meal, perhaps a delicious romaine salad with mango, avocado, croutons, and some lean grilled chicken breast. After you consume all those healthy, yummy proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, what happens next?
The carbohydrates from the vegetables, fruit, and croutons will be broken down into their most basic units, or monosaccharides, like glucose, fructose, and galactose. These simple sugars will be absorbed in your small intestine and are converted into quick-release energy.
Fiber, which is a larger carbohydrate, does not break down, but instead travels to the large intestine intact, where it is actually consumed by your gut bacteria for its nutrition and energy. Because it doesn’t break down until much later in the digestive process, it keeps you full for longer. That’s pretty neat, isn’t it?
While the carbs are mostly broken down and burned for fuel (like in a car), the protein in the chicken will become the enzymes that actually carry out that break down. Protein enzymes are responsible not only for converting carbs to energy, but also for carrying hormones, relaying signals, building new tissue and bone (out of more proteins, of course), and removing old tissue.
The fat in the avocado may get converted into energy (by the proteins), but, as opposed to quick-burning carbs, fats will create slow-burning energy because the molecules are bigger.
Not all of the fat will burn off, though. Some of that avocado will end up forming structures in your body. Every single cell in your body has a membrane made of fat that protects it. Hormones and vitamins are released through fat absorption. Fat insulates your body and protects your organs, too!
The process doesn’t sounds much like the mechanics of a car anymore, and that description hardly scraped the surface of the beautiful complexity of human digestion. The important thing to remember is that, in truth, you are what you eat. Literally.
So what foods do you want to be made of?
By Ansley Fones