>>I understand that many of the top triathletes are vegetarians (actually,
>>vegan, they eat nothing of animal origin), most notably Dave Scott.
>>Some of the track-and-field athletes who compete in shorter distances,
>>and have had remarkably long careers, are also vegans, most notably
>>Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses. Any comment anyone?
topic. I would like to make some comments. I have been a vegetarian for 3
years now and believe this diet has been a big contributor to any succes that
I've had in triathlons. I have experienced significant improvement each
season. I am almost positive that my endurance would be lower if I still ate
meat but I am unwilling to change my diet to test this theory. I competed in
the Ironman last year for the first time and had a great race. I don't
believe I would have been able to achieve that if I ate meat.
At this time of the year I am lifting weights with my legs and find that I can
get plenty of protein through my vegetarian diet. Many people don't think
that a vegetarian diet can provide an adequate amount of protein when someone
is training very intensely. I believe my diet allows me to train more
intensely than I would be able to if I weren't a vegetarian. I realize that
these comments are brief and not well organized. I just want people to know
that many popular conceptions about vegetarianism are untrue. If anyone is
thinking about quitting their meat eating habits, I strongly encourage them to
do so and to follow a balanced vegetarian diet. It is important to eat a
balanced diet especially if you train very hard. By the way, when I say that
I am a vegetarian I mean that I eat no flesh of any kind (not even fish,
crabs, or clams, etc.). It is funny how many people think that a vegetarian
diet includes fish and chicken.
I would be happy to discuss this topic further with anyone who is interested.