Written by International Skeleton Athlete Georgia Cohen.
I met Claire through Team Bath when I was training during a key stage of my development in the Olympic qualification season. We have worked together in three areas - summer training, which is intensive weightlifting, push start training and sprinting, and the competitive season in winter. Unfortunately, I experienced a concussion during training for a race, which brought the season to an early close. I continued to work with Claire post-injury.
During the summer training, the training load went up massively and I was not able to achieve my potential in the training sessions, feeling drained and fatigued. I had done my reading and kept to what I thought was the diet I needed but my body wasn’t able to keep up with what I was asking of it.
Adding to that, my sleep wasn’t great because in the background, I had unrecognized food intolerances. Claire is an expert when it comes to allergies - which can of course add an extra layer of complexity to athletes who are training and traveling all over the world.
Claire asked all the right questions and helped me address both the energy needed for training load as well as managing the intolerances, which obviously worked together.
We made adjustments to the types of food I was having and exactly when I was going to eat them. We discussed what works before and after a training session, so that I am getting the most out of my energy and bringing my best self to a training session. Furthermore, what’s needed to recover properly and give my body what it needs to be able to come back and do it the next day.
We’ve worked closely throughout the three stages I mentioned and introduced the right things at the right time, including probiotics. The changes that we made were completely manageable. I wasn’t presented with an overwhelming task load that was another thing to add to my list - for example, everyone can make a bagel with cream cheese and raspberries and then have a protein shake after training. It was a realistic approach to a body and intensive period.
Nutrition is such an important cog in the wheel for the big picture and Claire has led me carefully in making the changes that have been needed to see improvement quickly and manageably. I’m really excited to be a 4th Discipline athlete and continue to work with Claire.
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