Sarah Haskins and Cameron Dye Take First Place in the Life Time Tri CapTex in Austin, Texas

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The Life Time Tri CapTex on Monday, May 26, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Nearly 2,000 professional, paratriathlon, elite, amateur and first-time triathletes participated in the race taking place at the Palmer Events Center. In its 24th year, the Life Time Tri CapTex has become a Memorial Day tradition.

2014-CapTex-Tri-results-225x300“It’s exciting to see thousands of athletes take advantage of this rare opportunity to run, swim and bike through the heart of the city,” said Kimo Seymour, Vice President, Life Time Athletic Events. “We are proud of the entire local athletic community, High Five Events and the Jack and Adams team who worked with us to carry on this Austin tradition in a safe, organized and fun way.”

Life Time Tri CapTex is the second in Life Time’s six-event pro series. Thirty-three professional triathletes participated in the event. Sarah Haskins (USA) won the female professional division with a time of 2:00:52:01 and currently leads the series. Alicia Kaye (USA), winner of the 2013 series and Toyota Triple Crown, finished second with a time of 02:01:30:86, followed by Helle Frederiksen (DEN) with a time of 02:01:46:69. Cameron Dye (USA) won the male professional division with a time of 01:51:41:01 and ranks first in the series. Ben Collins (USA) finished second with a time of 01:52:48:53, followed by third-place finisher Michael Poole (USA) with a time of 1:54:03:19.

The winners of the Life Time Tri CapTex took home part of a cash purse of $30,000 and earned points toward their overall standings going toward the series finale, Life Time Tri Oceanside in October. As the 2014 Life Time Tri Pro Series progresses, participant results and current point standings will be available at lifetimetri.com, the series’ official website.

Due to inclement weather, the course was shut down early to ensure the safety of all athletes, leaving some unable to complete the full race. Race timers will determine each athlete’s unique circumstances in order to post the most accurate results possible. Once complete, all results for the Life Time Tri CapTex will be listed at https://captextri.com/captex/results/.

For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit lifetimetri.com, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter. More information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at EventsByLifeTime.com and on Twitter @lifetimefitness.

How To Carb-Unload Your Favorite Pasta Dish

By Brooke Schohl, MS, RD

It’s the night before a big race. A giant bowl of pasta is just what the doctor ordered, right? No – the carb-loading ship has sailed. Use these tips to make your favorite pasta dish more metabolically efficient.  

While endurance athletes absolutely need carbs in their diet, too much of this macronutrient hinders the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel. Fat is the preferred substrate for everyday fueling as well as training/racing. Think about it: your carb stores top out at two or three hours; your fat stores can carry you through up to 10 long-distance races.

Many training foods are heavy in the carb department (easily digestible simple sugars), as athletes need quick energy during training/racing. But is this the best fueling strategy for your day-to-day life? Instead fill the body with foods that stabilize blood sugar, keep energy levels consistent and improve satiety. Counteract carbohydrate blood sugar spikes by adding a fat and protein source to meals and snacks. Include carbs in your daily diet but make them the sideshow (along with fat, protein and vegetables) instead of the main act.

If you’re a pasta junkie, don’t freak out. Use the following tips to carb-unload your favorite pasta recipe and make it more metabolically efficient.

1. Swap regular pasta for quinoa or brown rice pasta.
When you do eat grains, make sure they are quality choices. Enriched flour pastas have little nutritional value and are high in calories.

2. Reduce pasta amount by half or 3/4.
You don’t need an entire box of pasta for a dish to taste great. Cut the amount and see if you even miss it.

3. Add more veggies.
Increase the ratio of vegetables to pasta. The fiber in the veggies will fill you up more than the pasta ever could.

4. Easy on the milk, butter and cheese.
Don’t eliminate these ingredients – you’d miss out on the delicious sauce and consuming fat is ok. Simply scale back a little (try cutting these ingredients in half). Again, you won’t miss it.

Bottom line: Experiment with recipes – don’t feel locked into the ingredients and amounts. This also holds true for restaurant dining. Be comfortable with the meal you select at a restaurant or prepare at home. There’s no need to eliminate favorite meals, just modify them to fit your healthy, super-fit lifestyle. Enjoy guilt-free, that’s the way it should be.

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, METS, is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three Ironman races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own two Scottsdale, Arizona-based triathlon stores named Destination Kona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.