Pro Tour Rider Nutrition and the Benefits of Fasted-State Training

Nov. 18, 2016

Barry Murray is a sports nutritionist and member of the Irish Ultramarathon Team currently working with Pro Tour cyclists. Barry has won several ultra-distance (70-200 km) running races, The Mourne Mountain Way, The Abbots Way, The Giants Causeway, The Wicklow Way, The Kerry Way, all without eating anything for breakfast. How? In a word, fat-adaptation.

In this interview, Barry describes his work with the pros and six much overlooked factors for high-performance ultra-endurance training: sunlight, cold thermogenesis, DHA from seafood, grounding, and water quality.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Barry Murray:

[00:01:56] BMC Racing Team.

[00:02:06] Ultramarathon.

[00:05:39] Low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic.

[00:06:14] Fasted state training.

[00:07:16] Sirtuins.

[00:12:38] AMP kinase.

[00:13:35] Beta-oxidation.

[00:13:44] Mitochondrial biogenesis.

[00:15:20] Acetyl-CoA.

[00:15:38] Peter Attia, MD.

[00:16:03] Stepwise adaptation.

[00:18:38] What are the pro cyclists doing?

[00:19:35] Nutrition is the new doping.

[00:23:00] Team Sky.

[00:23:55] Steve Cummins.

[00:24:29] 2-3 years to adapt.

[00:26:00] Can be done in 6-12 months.

[00:27:04] Train low, race high.

[00:28:26] Rates of brain glucose use.

[00:29:30] Pyruvate dehydrogenase.

[00:30:34] Ketone MonoEster article.

[00:31:21] Are the pros using ketone supplements?

[00:32:05] Chris Froome.

[00:32:33] Cox, Pete J., et al. "Nutritional ketosis alters fuel preference and thereby endurance performance in athletes." Cell Metabolism 24.2 (2016): 256-268.

[00:34:00] Beta-oxidation is the goal, not ketogenesis.

[00:35:16] Jack Kruse.

[00:37:11] Six things to optimal health and living.

[00:37:30] Sunlight.

[00:37:53] Cold thermogenesis.

[00:38:05] Seafood.

[00:38:18] Grounding.

[00:38:25] Non-fluoridated water.

[00:39:55] UVB tanning booths.

[00:40:37] Schumann resonance.

[00:41:38] Electron Transport Chain (ETC)

[00:43:44] Sven Tuft of Orica Bike Exchange.

[00:44:45] Wim Hof.

[00:45:30] Kox, Matthijs, et al. "Voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system and attenuation of the innate immune response in humans." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.20 (2014): 7379-7384.


[00:48:56] Fasted State Training Adaptations Jack Kruse forum post.

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