How to "Train" Your Diet for Your Next Race

Nicole Loher is a triathlete, Adidas ambassador, and all-around fitness guru, all while balancing a badass day job in the fashion industry (and several side gigs to boot). Needless to say, she's an inspiration in the art of hustling—and she's totally game to share her knowledge. Follow her column, Part-Time Athlete, for her expert advice on everything from establishing a training regimen to finding early-morning gym motivation.

As I’m sure you’ve heard before, our bodies are kind of like cars: We must keep them well-oiled and -maintained to keep them running smoothly. Whether you’ve committed yourself to a 5K road race or a bodybuilding competition, I’m sure you’re beginning to question how and what you should be eating to help you perform in tip-top shape. A quick search on Amazon can be a little overwhelming. For the runners, you’ll find best sellers like Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flanagan. For bodybuilders, you have books like The Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle, Getting Lean, and Staying Healthy by Michael Matthews. And there are a million options in between whether you’re a swimmer, a cyclist, or a gluten-free, sugar-free, GMO-free, Paleo-everything Pilates fanatic.

Personally, through seasons of experimenting, I’ve found that a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein, ketogenic diet helps my engine run best when training for a race. But as expert Ben Lauder Dykes explained in my last column, it’s all about finding what works best for you to fit your goals. Over the last year, I’ve watched fitness star, nutrition and life coach, and Rumble Boxing trainer Juliana Estrella rise to the top of her game. As someone who is always training clients, other athletes, or herself, she’s a great resource to lend some insight on how to get to the top of your game from a nutrition standpoint. Ready to rethink your nutrition so you can begin to race to place?