November 20, 2000

Good nutrition vital to training regime

We were on the road this morning at 9am - a short journey through to Timaru which is the venue for our second one-day clash against England.

The team had a light training today followed by a session in the pool. The sun came through the clouds this afternoon which was a welcome change and for the first time in a few days I wads down to wearing just the one thermal poly prop.

It has been a reasonably low-key day with the usual visit to the supermarket for lunch and other supplies.

Whilst away with the team we have the opportunity to either eat out or cook and the latter has been fairly popular amongst many of the girls who at this stage are showing some strong culinary skills. With regards to our nutrition on tour we follow a meal plan that has been designed by nutritionist Katrina Barry.

Whilst there are some individual requirements we mostly follow a high carbohydrate/low fat diet designed to give us the energy levels for competition. We are encouraged to make good choices with regard to snack food and some examples of these include: fruit, muesli bars, pikelets and fruit buns.

In addition to this hydration is very important. Did you know that the average person requires a minimum of two litres of water a day - on training days we are encouraged to drink three litres - now that's a lot of water - and a lot of trips to the toilet - but very important nevertheless!

For dinner this evening I had a pork medallion with a delicious apple and ginger salsa, cauliflower, carrots and two small baked potatoes - hopefully this will stand me in good stead tomorrow.