Sunday, March 27, 2011

In search of Chrissie Wellington's secret fuel

When you look at Triple Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington zooming by mortal triathletes during Ironman Arizona 2010 in the video above, one can't help wondering what kind of special fuel drives her. Obviously genetics and training are major factors too, but I'd really like to know what she eats just in case I'm missing something essential. Just compare her speed to the others: it's like she's riding a motorcycle!

Her website FAQ defines her favourite foods as follows:

"My mum and dad’s bbq – plus homemade pizza, bircher museli, steak (still bleeding!), chicken, avocado and sundried tomato salad and nuts: in any order and sometimes together"

BBQ, pizza and steak, huh? Hard to believe any of those could be the secret ingredient. In the following video she reveals a bit more, stating she eats about 60% carbs and white meat daily, but red meat only once a week.

There just has to be more than that. I went on to look further and found this: Heinz salad cream.

What's in it? According to Heinz:

"Spirit Vinegar, Vegetable Oil (25%), Water, Sugar, Mustard, Pasteurised Egg Yolks (3%), Modified Cornflour, Salt, Stabilisers - Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum, Colour - Riboflavin"

Doesn't sound like a health food to me. I almost gave up, but then I hit the jackpot: sheep testicles! That must be it: the chosen food of ancient Olympic athletes is still fueling our heroes today!

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