The difference between you and your best comes down to how you fuel. Potatoes provide the complex carbohydrates, potassium, fiber and vitamin C you need to perform better than ever before.
26 grams of carbohydrate: Count on the quality carbs in potatoes for optimal mental and physical performance.² ³
620 Milligrams of Potassium: Potatoes have more potassium than a medium-size banana and are perfect for aiding muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function during long endurance events.
110 Calories for Energy: Easily digestible and more energy dense than any other popular vegetable, potatoes are a good choice to fuel the demands of racing a triathlon.
I typically run about 4 marathons and a couple of ultra trail runs a year.
I run three times a week and cross train two. Rest is pretty important.
Once a day, sometimes twice.
I currently train for Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference races and USAT Collegiate Club Nationals. I also have raced a few additional running and triathlon races each year with the WPVGA Powered by Potatoes team.
Lately, I’ve been slicing russets into wedges and tossing the wedges in olive oil, ground coriander, black pepper and salt. I bake the wedges until soft at 375F and serve with a generous portion of dipping sauce made of 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp mayo, and a dash of Sriracha. I’m addicted.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Dietitian for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and the Wisconsin Beef Council
I’m a mountain biker!
I typically ride 3-4 times a week during the warm season but have just recently bought a fat bike so should be doing some snow biking this winter. I also do CrossFit 2-3 times per week.
I love grilling golden potatoes with a little garlic and salt seasoning. I can’t pass up a baked potato either topped with Greek yogurt, salsa, ground beef or broccoli and cheese.
4-5 times per week
Registered Dietitian/ Family and Community Health Educator, Oregon State University Extension
I decided that this was the year to run Boston! I am registered and in the midst of training to compete in the 2018 Boston Marathon. I also enjoy half marathons and have a few of those on my schedule before and after Boston.
I train 6 days a week, typically 4 days of running with strength and cross training on the other 2 days.
I toss cubed potatoes in olive oil, roast them in the oven and finish them with a sprinkle of sea salt. I usually roast a huge sheet pan of potatoes at least once a week because my three active daughters and my husband love them as well. This is one of my go-to recipes: http://foodhero.org/recipes/potato-pals
I consume potatoes in some form as least 4 to 5 times per week.
Teacher/Cross Country & Track Coach
5K to Ultra Marathon/ Relay
Six days a week
Baked and Mashed
3-4 times a week
Superintendent/Associate Researcher UW-Madison Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station
I might consider myself more of a serious recreational athlete with interest in downhill skiing, cross country skiing, single track mountain biking, trail running, and waterskiing. I keep myself trained to participate in several triathlons, duathlons, adventure races, half marathons and 10K races throughout the year. I have raced an additional number of running, triathlon, and duathlon races each year with the WPVGA Powered by Potatoes team.
5-7 days/week (during the summer sometimes 2x/day)
Lately, my family and I have been into baking russets and topping them with a little butter, salt, pepper and Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream). During the weekends I like to slice round whites with olive oil and lightly fry in a cast iron pan to serve alongside eggs. For a quick soup, I brown carrots, onions, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, and garlic with vegetable stock. Then I add a 1lb of baby reds or yellows (cut in half). I boil until potatoes are soft. To finish off I add a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of frozen green beans, and parsley.
I run, lift and row.
When possible, In a typical week, I train 5-6 days.
I add dehydrated potatoes to my protein shake, and also enjoy them grilled with my other veggies
2-3 times a week
I am a competitive ultramarathon runner
6 Days a week
About 4 days per week
Professional Road Cyclist – Hagens Berman | Superming Co-Founder / CEO JoJé Bar /Private Chef & Caterer
I train for the professional road cycling circuit, specifically multi-day stage races.
6 days a week
Cast Iron potato hash! I love crisping up bacon pieces with potatoes in veggies in a cast iron skillet. Then I make little holes in the potato mixture for eggs and pop it in the oven, leaving the yolks soft. Then I breaks into the egg yolk and coat the potatoes with it. Such an amazing recovery meal any time of the day.
Easily 5-6 times a week between dinner and recovery food. T
3-4 times a week
Every other day.
Yes, I'm old school, I need the carbs.
For breakfast, I put leftover potatoes in a bowl, add an egg, microwave with a wet paper towel covering the bowl. 79 seconds
later put into a whole wheat tortilla and a meal that will last you until lunch.
I was doing the Rocky Racoon 100 in 2016. It was 29 degrees 19 hours into the run. The aid station had potatoes. They were
hot and that was the fuel I used to finish.
Yes, I look to potatoes for a budget-friendly and easy to digest source of carbohydrates and potassium.
I keep potatoes on hand at work for a healthy, microwavable option for when I forget my lunch or need an afternoon snack that will sit well in my stomach before an evening workout. Herb-loaded Greek yogurt makes an excellent baked potato topper post-workout, coupling carbohydrate and protein in that vital refueling meal.
Some teammates and I made the Red Velvet Potato Muffins (Potato Performance Muffins) once. They didn’t last long! I also was pleasantly surprised by a lemon potato salad.
One time, mid-winter when our triathlon team was in deep training mode (reaching, tired, getting short tempered), I tossed one of those foam stress-ball potatoes into the pool during a swim practice. It made its way through all the lanes. The ensuing confusion really lifted everyone’s spirits!
Yes, I do. Potatoes are a great complex carbohydrate that helps keep me fueled during long rides. Potatoes are also a great source of potassium which has helped prevent muscle cramping.
For my longer rides I’ll pack pre-cooked petite potatoes and consume along the way.
Potato Energy Bites and Flame-Licked fingerling potatoes with Spud Rub
I started my athletic career as a swimmer at the age of 5. When I was in my teens I realized that what I ate determined my athletic performance. Baked potatoes or mashed potatoes were always part of my pre-game meal and continue to be part of my meals.
Yes, potatoes are tasty and easy to digest, potatoes Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of Potassium,both are crucial for long run and speed work recovery in addition to keeping my immune system strong.
Cold roasted potatoes are delicious! They are often one of the first things I eat (with salt) after a run to help replace my muscle glycogen stores and electrolytes. Throughout the week, leftover roasted potatoes go into the huge salad bowls that I make for lunch; my youngest daughter likes me to pack them in her lunches as well. Carbohydrates are crucial for distance running. Potatoes are an excellent carbohydrate source for athletes who need to adhere to a gluten free diet. Try different varieties of potatoes with purple, yellow, red and pink flesh. They add beautiful color to your plate while providing high levels of antioxidants.
The Dairy-Free Crockpot Broccoli Potato Soup recipe was the basis for a dish our whole family enjoys. Given our busy schedule, crockpot meals are a staple in our household. Many people don’t realize that potatoes are great for making soups thick and creamy. My oldest daughter has lactose intolerance so this recipe caught my eye. Instead of adding dairy free milk or sour cream as the recipe suggests, I blend about half of the cooked potatoes, broccoli and broth with a 15 ounce can of drained white beans. I return this puree to the crockpot and stir to create a thick and creamy soup. Those of us without lactose intolerance top our soup with plain Greek yogurt or shredded cheddar cheese.
I was preparing purple roasted potatoes for a group; several children and adults were very unsure about eating them. A few even thought they were beets! However, one taste won them over.
Yes, a great complex carb.
Boiled, light salt for ultra training.
Yes, I believe potatoes are an integral part of my high-performance diet. They offer the energy, vitamins, minerals and even 3 grams of protein that are imperative to sports performance and recovery. I believe potatoes play a key role in healthful lifestyles.
Managing a potato variety development facility, I always have potatoes on hand as a fast lunch, pre-workout snack or quick, easy post-workout dinner. I’ve enjoyed sampling different breeding lines to see which I like the best in the market categories of reds, yellows, specialties, russets, and round whites. Herb-loaded Greek yogurt makes an excellent baked potato topper, coupling carbohydrate and protein in that vital refueling meal!
I have made the Potato Performance Muffins and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were. I soon will be venturing into making the On-The-Go Potatoes, Potato Poppers with Turmeric, and Potassium Potato Smoothie.
I just recently finished a Management course through UW-Madison. During the 12-week course, class participants became familiar with everyone’s profession and the role they fill for the UW. On the last day of class, I was presented with a note that read “Dear Becky, thank you for all you do with keeping the development of new potato varieties going! They are my most favorite vegetable on the planet!”
Absolutely, especially when I know my next workout is a monster. Potatoes complex carbs really help to push through it.
I replace the banana in my protein shake with dehydrated potatoes, blended with ice, spinach and chocolate protein powder, it’s a great recovery drink
I sampled the Miso Potato Pot Stickers with White Truffle Shoyu Dipping Sauce they were amazing!
I added potatoes to my recovery diet at the suggestion of a trainer, I was struggling with lagging energy toward the end of the week. This addition made a definite improvement in my training energy and intensity level.
Yes, they are my go-to food during ultramarathons
Standard mashed potatoes are my go-to, occasionally I mix avocado into the mashed potatoes
Creamy mashed potatoes
I was raised in Denver Colorado and still live here. I absolutely love running! I am an ultra-marathon runner and spend much of my time training on the roads in Denver and on the trails in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I love to travel and run anywhere I can. I have run a marathon or longer in all 50 states and now want to do the same on all seven continents. I love to run any distance, but my favorite distance is 100 miles or longer! During my ultra-marathons my main fuel is potatoes. Mashed potatoes have gotten me through many races and I know that they will get me through many more!
They are a staple for my training, recovery and energy level. They are such an amazing recovery meal any time of the day.
Tip #1: Roasting potatoes at a high temperature (450 degrees) gives them that crusty outside and soft center. Try coconut oil for a new flavor (and it also makes the house smell amazing!). Tip#2: Potatoes love vinaigrettes (almost more than salads). Right when you pull potatoes out of the oven, toss them in a vinaigrette and they soak up and absorb the flavors. The acid in the vinaigrette also keeps them moist. This is a great trick for rehydrating potatoes after you reheat leftovers also. Tip #3: I like to drizzle half a of a baked potato with olive oil and maple syrup and a sprinkling of sea salt. I wrap this in foil and take with me on long training rides.
Carrot "Cake" Potato Performance Muffins!! Why? I wish I had thought of this recipe haha! I love using coconut sugar and coconut flour to add nutrition to baked goods. Coconut sugar is a great low glycemic sweetener that has a nutty flavor and coconut flour has a nice texture and is a good substitute to traditional flours. Plus adding grated potatoes to add easily digestible carbohydrates is a brilliant idea.
I started my racing career later than most, as I was studying Exercise Physiology in grad school. Upon finding talent in XTERRA triathlon, specifically on the bike, I was motivated to put my education behind my training and racing. In 2010, I started to apply specific nutrition protocols to training and racing. Thus, giving me more energy and limiting GI distress. I learned through a coach about eating specific foods on specific days, and began eating a steak and potato dinner 2 nights before a key workout or race. The idea behind this, is the most important nutrition happens 48 hours before a race. After winning the overall amateur XTERRA National Championship in 2010, I have not strayed from this steak and potato meal, and it has never let me down.
Love mashed potatoes and baked potatoes.
Pumpkin or plain, these herb and spice filled, pillowy potato falafel are the perfect addition to your weekly performance meal prepping plan.Get the Recipe Get the Recipe Card
In this satisfying post-workout meal, potatoes are tossed in flavorful seasonings and roasted with veggies and chickpeas for a sheet pan meal that will keep you full for hours.Get the Recipe Get the Recipe Card
Mini potato and egg frittatas are prepared in a muffin tin, perfect for on-the-go pre-workout breakfasts. A range of flavor customizations means there’s a frittata option for everyone to enjoy!Get the Recipe Get the Recipe Card
This vibrant purple smoothie gets its color from purple potatoes and pomegranate juice. Containing 119 grams of carbohydrates and 19 grams of protein, this smoothie may aid in post-exercise recovery.Get the Recipe Get the Recipe Card
A portable snack made with simple ingredients, and no refined sugars!Get the Recipe Get the Recipe Card
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