SmartStart Interview: Dawn Weatherwax
Fact: Get your nutrition right and boost performance big-time
I already knew that my diet wasn't optimal. I'd always been "the skinny kid," and no matter what I did to gain strength, nothing about me, physiologically ever seemed to change. I knew that I had the "body of a climber," but I was never competitive on significant climbs. I could do hill repeats till I turned maillot jaune, but I still wasn't adding torque.
I went to see Dawn. I had a hunch I needed to "eat more protein." At least, that was my then-uneducated self-diagnosis.
Well. I wasn't entirely wrong. Dawn did a complete food inventory on me: what I loved to eat and what I ate when and how much. She did 2 major tests: a resting metabolism test, which told her how many calories I burn while just sitting and reading a book, and she put me in a device called a BodPod®, which measured me all the way down to my muscle mass.
What I learned changed the way I ate, my body composition, and how much stronger I am in the climbs.
Dawn describes the importance of getting that baseline measure, how to work with a sports dietician, and a few specific tips to help you start eating like a podium contender.