Thursday, January 26, 2012

Life of a Dietetic Intern: Sports Nutrition at the Ironman Sports Institute

My final two weeks of internship were spent with Penny Wilson RD at the Ironman Sports Institute of Memorial Hermann. Pretty awesome. I always like ending things on a good note and this was definitely a fantastic final hooray!

First day: got to observe hydrostatic weighing (underwater-the gold standard of body composition), a BodyGem-resting metabolic rate, and lactate threshold-to test the limits of your current aerobic and anaerobic capacity.

I got to work on race day nutrition plans, nutrition tips and presentations for endurance athletes-mostly triathletes. People whose athletic performances were always inspirational, and just need some help with getting the right fuel, and enough of it, into their bodies.

I mean who doesn't want to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then complete
a full marathon?

Penny was a fantastic dietitian to get to work with. She is a true nutrition entrepreneur who has really made a name for herself in sports nutrition. It was great to be able to take the knowledge I have gained from running my own races, personal research and courses and apply it to the real world.

And with that, my dietetic internship is complete. In case you missed the other pages in this chapter of my life, read the rest of them here. Tomorrow is graduation, and then I'm heading home. Stay tuned!


Janel said...

YAYYYYY! CONGRATS! What a great internship rotation to end on.

Carlene's figments said...

So proud of you! Congrats!!!