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Ep. 89: Nutrition for Mountain Athletes with Alyssa Leib, MS RD

Eat for Endurance Podcast Nutrition for Mountain Athletes

Welcome to Episode 89 of the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring Alyssa Leib, MS RD of Peak to Peak Nutrition.

Today, we’re chatting about sports nutrition for mountain athletes, with a spotlight on climbers. Alyssa is herself a trail runner and climber, and I had a ton of questions about climbing as it’s most definitely not my sport, plus I’m always eager to learn from other sports RDs who specialize in different niches than mine. I thought it would be fun to chat about how nutrition for climbing compares to nutrition for other mountain sports including trail running and mountaineering because as you can imagine, the nutrition concepts are the same, but the logistics and practical considerations are VERY different.

I also find it really fascinating to learn about how sporting cultures compare and contrast, especially when it comes to fueling. We discuss this in detail, and it should come as no surprise that one of the main issues we see among endurance athletes - chronic underfueling - is a major problem in the climbing world too. 

Even though we spend a good chunk of the episode chatting about nutrition strategies for climbing specifically, most of our discussion is relevant to all mountain athletes. Alyssa also answers one of my burning questions that I’m SURE you all want to know too - what do climbers do if they have to go to the bathroom?! 

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy the episode!


Disclaimer – all information provided is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is in no way meant to replace individual medical and nutrition recommendations


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