There are few athletes who enjoy training and competing as much as Ironman champion Hillary Biscay. Hillary's peers, some of the toughest athletes in the world, will even admit that Hillary eats better, trains harder, and takes care of her body like no one else.
Hillary loves, in her own words — "a smashfest" — an intense training day where she tests herself physically and mentally to new limits. She's racing 8 Ironman distances this year and set a precedent by becoming the first athlete to record six top-five Ironman finishes in one season in 2006.
Racing at this intensity and at this caliber requires a serious focus on nutrition and healthy living, which Hillary shares with everyone in her life. I can personally vouch for this since Hillary's wedding gifts to my husband and I included K-Swiss trainers and John Robbin's The Food Revolution. She even introduced us to Kombucha three years ago.
I had the chance to chat with my lifelong friend, Ironman champion, Hillary Biscay, about the staples of her diet, her philosophy on food, and her favorite training and racing fuel. Still opting for the pre-race pasta dinner? Find out why Hillary favors coconut ice-cream or a chocolate bar the night before a race.
MindBodyGreen: You start training early in the morning. What do you eat for breakfast before your first workout?
Hillary Biscay: It depends how long this workout will last, and what sort of intensity it demands. I can eat anything before jumping on the bike, and if I'm going out for four hours or more, I will definitely have a bowl of oatmeal or mixed cereals — like puffed kamut with some type of granola or muesli — made with almond milk. I add rice protein powder and chia seeds to either bowl. If I have a more intense or shorter session to start the day, I will just have a PowerBar Protein Plus bar with my coffee; I don't get out the door without coffee, by the way! And then my post-workout "second breakfast" would be the big breakfast bowl.