I'm Randy Mouri and this blog is about my quest to be an official finisher in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the toughest endurance race in the world. It's over and I became an official solo finisher in 11 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes! We continue to raise money and awareness on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVa). If you would like to make a donation to Habitat NoVa, please visit my page on Habitat’s site. Endless thanks to our sponsors and all the folks that have made such generous contributions. Team Mouri would not have been able to travel so comfortably, which certainly may have changed the outcome of the race.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Nutrition - details, details...

WARNING this post contains references to common bodily functions that may offend the sensibilities of those who like to pretend they don't have those functions.....

Stop and think about the effort and energy Randy needs to produce to ride 3000 miles in 10 days. That energy, thousands of calories per day, has to come from somewhere and eating that much is a real challenge (see The Science of Sport and Westerterp et al (1989) Study on food intake and energy expenditure during extreme sustained excercise: the Tour de France).

If Randy does not drink enough, he will dehydrate which is a Bad Thing (TM) affecting his ability to ride and think . (See the hyperbolic Sports Science episode on Dehydration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mve0mVu5y5A.) This is a particular concern during the desert crossing in the first third of the race.

So how does the Crew make sure Randy eats and drinks enough? The answer is the Nutrition Log. The Log is basically a spreadsheet (though we are using pencil and paper for reliability's sake) with columns for:
Race Time - RAAM time = EDT and is kept in 24 hr notation (1330 = 1:30 PM)
Race Mile - Miles into the race
Time Off - time spent off the bike in minutes
Comments - Temp, weather, Randy's state of mind, whatever
Electrolytes - How much consumed in 0z
Liquid food - in oz
Water - in oz
Solid food - by type, standard sizes
Calories - estimated from qty and food type, totaled at end of shift
Potty - what goes in must come out; if it doesn't, there's a problem brewing
Weight - helps track hydration and gross caloric intake

Every time Randy asks for food or drink, the Nutritionist on duty in the Follow Van fills out a line in the Log to record what when/where he asked for nutrition, what he asked for, how much. By recording these elements, the Crew can watch for trends and work to keep Randy properly feed and hydrated.

Thus you can see that keeping Randy operating at peak efficiency requires attention to detail and will require reminding/telling him that he needs to eat or drink. Hopefully he'll figure out his other needs.


Russ said...

all other needs off the bike please Randy...no flying "break naturels"!

RAAM2011 said...

only you could get away with a comment like that. I love it!