The human body utilizes and burns glucose as its preferred source of energy at athletic fetes lasting under 8 minutes. When the minutes of effort lengthen, that percentage rate drops at a continuous bell-curve, increasing its utilization of fat as its energy. If you were to go for a 100 meter sprint all out, your body prefers the explosiveness that glucose-burning offers. If you were to go for a 45 minute run, your body would rely on a much higher percentage of fat to burn. Without diving too far down into the rabbit hole, think of this simple analogy:
Your race car that you’d take out to the drag strip would perform best using a high-octane fuel. The semi-truck you’d drive cross country would prefer diesel to steadily burn fuel as you go the long distance.
Why you should care about MCT Oil: Simply-put, Medium Chain Triglyceride oil takes less effort for your body to use as fuel due to their shorter chain length. It’s a highly-absorbable energy source that your body puts to use quickly, and burns slowly.
What this means for endurance performance: Earlier in the article I mention just how quickly into an athletic effort your body begins utilizing fat for fuel. This means our conception of what “endurance” really means must change. Think any athletic effort over a few minutes. Yes, that seems short, but it’s truth. MCT Oil can play a pivotal role for you, whether you’re out competing in a 24 hour mountain bike race (my personal specialty), or your next local 5k Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Run!