Ironman Training and Eating. A Lot.

“Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.” – George Bernard Shaw

I figured that it would be a good idea to give you a little insight in my relationship.
with food.

All of the Ironman/Endurace monsters probably already know that training for any form of endurance event is 40% training and 60% stuffing your shameful face with any form of ultra-healthy carbohydrate you can find.
However, when I started out training for an Ironman I had never thought that I could eat so much that my parents would save 30-50% on their weekly groceries.when I am gone for that week. (This is actually true).
So without further ado (ado, what the hell is that?):

How many calories does an Ironman eat in a day:


  • 3 freshly pressed, orange, oranges (120Kcal)
  • 4 slices of brown bread with Nutella and butter(824Kcal)

During/Post- 1st workout:

  • 0,5 a bottle of sportsdrink/lemonade (180Kcal)
  • 0,5 liter of milk (230kcal)


  • 4 slices of brown bread with Peanut Butter and Butter (888Kcal)
  • 0,5 liter of milk (230Kcal)

During/Post – 2nd workout:

  • A bottle of sportsdrink/lemonade (360Kcal)
  • 0,5 liter of milk (230Kcal)


  • 1 beautiful plate of lasagna (625Kcal)
  • 0,5 liter of (you guessed it) milk (230Kcal)

Healthy/Non-healthy snacks that come after Diner:

  • 3 Bananas (372Kcal)
  • 4 glasses of Ice Tea (Not the healthy variant) (320Kcal)
  • 1 krentenbol (bun in english? I don’t know, just google Krentenbol in Google Images) (268Kcal)

Total: 4876Kcal

When we take a closer look at this intriguing data we see that the cornerstones of a healthy Ironman diet are:
– Bread (either with Nutella or Peanut Butter) (Slow Carbohydrates)
– Milk (Protein)
– Sportsdrink (I just blew your socks of with this one!) (Fast Carbohydrates)
– Butter (Good Fats)
– And either Bananas/Krentenbollen or a combination of the two (Slow/Fast Carbohydrates)

Ofcourse this is in no way a diet that an Ironman Kona Qualifier or a Top-of-his/her-age-group triathlete would use. All I’m saying is that this is my diet and I think it’s a good idea to have some info on the spectacular interwebs that states the diet of an “I’m doing an Ironman ooh my god what the hell am I doing” – athlete instead of all those diets of professional super athletes that have been made and reviewed by a dozen of food experts.
This is the real diet of a real (almost) Ironman.
No: Advocados baked in pineapple juice finished of with a splash of Algerian Sahara salt. to “Get that remaining lactate out of your little toe”
Lasagna baby.

Excercise a lot. Eat Healthy.

That’s how you Ironman



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