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If you’re carry too much body fat, then you will be working unnecessarily hard in your training and be disappointed by your race day results. To help you change this, I have written a report “7 reasons you’re not getting leaner” to help you optimise your body composition and get the race results you deserve.


Hi! I’m Dawn

You can find out more about me here. If you’re serious about planning and optimizing your nutrition for your next endurance event, you can start by reading my latest nutrition articles on my blog.

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7 Reasons You're Not Getting Leaner

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To help you optimise your body composition and get the race results you deserve.

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Plan Your Nutrition For Your Next Event

To help you, I have shared the 3 main areas which I consider when I’m training for an endurance event. If you’re really serious about sorting out your nutrition and boosting your endurance event results, then take your first steps today.

Many endurance athletes would like to believe that as long as they exercise, they can keep eating all the ‘bad’ foods they love. Others think that supplements alone will keep them healthy. Unfortunately, the truth is that you can’t rely on exercise alone to keep you healthy. Do your current eating habits really support your aspirations? Let’s start with something easy to raise your awareness of the foods you eat and the effect they have on you. Over the next week, keep a note of what you are eating and how it affects you 2-3 hours later. Does it make your tired or lacking in energy? Does it change your mood? Does it make you feel bloated? Make sure that you remove/minimise those foods that don’t have a positive effect on you.

For events longer than 60-90 minutes, you will need to top up your energy stores with carbohydrate but did you know that you should include some protein too. Beyond this time, your body will begin to utilise some protein to fulfil its energy requirements as well as glycogen for additional energy. If you fail to include protein in your food during your race, your body will use what’s available from your own muscle! This “muscle cannibalisation” process devastates performance through muscle deterioration and increased fatigue, and can also negatively affect the immune system and recovery. So make sure that you include a small amount of protein as well as carbohydrate for longer training sessions or races.


After your race, look after your body and reward it for getting you through the event! Soon after finishing, your body will love you if you feed it protein and carbohydrate. Protein is very important to promote recovery and muscle repair, carbohydrate is required to top up your muscle and liver energy stores in the form of glycogen.


In my early days of endurance events I was absolutely clueless about getting results through nutrition. I had no idea what to eat, when to eat it and how much I should drink.  I couldn’t understand why I felt exhausted for a couple of days after any event I did. As a person with a background in Food Science and Nutrition, I have to admit, my lack of sports nutrition knowledge was embarrassing!

Over the past few years I have achieved sports nutrition specific qualifications. I love helping others with their nutrition so I have left my corporate job to do this full time. It’s absolutely brilliant seeing the difference good nutrition can make to an endurance athlete’s stamina and results.

I now want to use my knowledge and experience to help you:

  • Optimise your training, race performance and recovery through a nutrition plan which is customised for you
  • Develop an appropriate hydration strategy to support your training and racing
  • Boost your digestive health helping to strengthen your immunity and reduce your susceptibility to colds, flu and infections
  • Understand how to eat to minimize a gastro-intestinal distress
  • Lose weight and become leaner

You need to nourish your body for performance. Your nutrition plan is just as important as your training plan. If you put petrol instead of diesel in your car, you wouldn’t expect it to go fast for very long…. your body is no different!!!

I know you want to go faster and for longer at your next event so get in touch and I promise it will be far more fun than the boring nutrition classes we all remember from school!


We are very happy to work on the phone or Zoom if this is more convenient than a face to face meeting.

There are a range of programmes and if you don’t see one that suits you, get in touch and we can tailor something for your specific needs.


  • 1 Initial consultation (60minutes)
  • Food diary analysis
  • Performance tracking and body Composition Analysis throughout the programme
  • 3 Follow-up appointments each lasting 45 minutes to monitor your progress and fine tune your personalised nutrition plan
  • Unlimited email access for duration of programme

To find out more, contact dawn@thecompeater.com

Fuel the Distance

  • 1 Initial Consultation (60minutes)
  • Food diary analysis
  • Tracking of your body composition & performance markers throughout
  • Education and advice on eating for performance in endurance events
  • Education and advice on hydration for endurance events
  • Personalised nutrition & hydration plan for training
  • Personalised Race day nutrition plan
  • Personalised recovery nutrition plan
  • 7 Follow-up appointments each lasting 45 minutes to monitor your progress and fine tune your personalised nutrition plan
  • Unlimited email support throughout the duration of the program

To find out more, contact dawn@thecompeater.com

Ad hoc Nutrition coaching

£60 per hour
  • 1 Initial Consultation (30 minutes) free to understand your specific requirements
  • 1 hour coaching sessions as required by you.

To find out more, contact dawn@thecompeater.com


Online learning gives you the freedom to learn everything you want to know about nutrition to support both your training and racing, wherever and whenever you want.

Get Hydrated!

Personal Hydration Plan

  • Hydration is an important subject to an endurance athlete. It’s more important than the food you eat in an event.
  • If you’re not adequately hydrated, you won’t be able to access the energy you need.
  • This course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to enable you to build hydration plans for all your future races.

Race Faster

How to fuel your next event

  • As an endurance athlete, you’ll have a training plan but what about your nutrition plan?
  • This course teaches you how to put together your very own race day nutrition plan.
  • By the end of it you will know exactly what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat at your next event to help you to go faster for longer.

Leaner, Lighter & Faster


  • If you carrying too much body fat, you won’t get the results you deserve even if you are training hard.
  • If you are really serious about shedding the weight and getting better race day results then you need this ebook.
  • In this ebook I walk you step by step through the process I use with my clients to help them to become leaner and lighter so they can go faster.

Diagnostic Services

Metabolic Testing

A metabolic rate test is a simple procedure which does not involve any physical activity. The test takes approximately half an hour to complete and involves breathing into a mouthpiece, to collect and analyse expired air.

This enables the calculation of your resting metabolic rate in calories as well as whether your body using fat or carbohydrates as its fuel source. What you eat influences your metabolism, if your diet is high in refined carbohydrates, then you may have a ‘sugar burning’ metabolism.

As an endurance athlete you want to make sure that your body is using fat as its primary fuel source at rest, if it isn’t you will need to fuel with more carbohydrates during training and racing putting you at higher risk of Gi distress particularly at longer distances.

If you want to get leaner and lighter for race day, it will be more difficult to lose body fat if carbohydrate is being used as your body’s primary fuel source.

This simple test will measure your metabolic efficiency and burning capability and once we have yrou results, we can give you simple and practical advice with regards to changes to your eating to improve your metabolic health.

Cost: £60
To book a test, contact dawn@thecompeater.com

Body Composition

Our state of the art body composition testing kit enables you to understand your current body composition including your lean body mass, your fat mass and your hydration status. This data can be looked limb by limb as well as upper and lower body. The software we use is able to build up a picture of the changes to your body composition over time enabling you to check that your strength and conditioning training as well as your nutrition is supporting the maintenance or development of your muscle mass.

Cost: £50
To book a test, contact dawn@thecompeater.com


This service combines both the metabolic testing and body composition services along with tailored nutritional advice based on your results.

Cost: £99
To book a test, contact dawn@thecompeater.com


A stressful day job and overtraining may negatively affect your hormones. The DUTCH test offers the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included along with melatonin. This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method.

Cost: £260
To book a test, contact dawn@thecompeater.com


I worked with Dawn following the London Marathon this year to improve my nutrition as a vegan, endurance runner. We decided to pick an event to aim for and I chose the 10 Peaks event which included 30 miles across 10 peaks in the lake district. The event gave 4 weeks in which to improve my diet so I would not hit the familiar wall whilst out on the course. Dawn managed to assess my current diet, teach me what I was missing and the importance of more protein for recovery and carbs in the lead up to the event, devise a plan and then kept me accountable to it using food diaries. This hugely helped in my success of completing the 10 Peaks as I realised I was not getting enough protein in my normal diet and where I thought I was carb loading before a race, I was nowhere near the required levels needed. Putting Dawn’s plan in to place helped me maintain energy throughout the race and has given me more structure for my training in the future. I would definitely recommend her services.

– Stephen Turner, Essex UK

In late June I set out to cycle from Uppingham to northern Spain for the running of the bulls in Pamplona in doing so raising money for local charities. I covered approximately 800 miles in 9 days to reach the festival in time. Given that this challenge was far greater than anything I had attempted before with 90-110 miles of cycling each day for over a week with camping equipment I worked with Dawn to help me succeed in my attempt. She gave me a comprehensive overview of what and how much I would need to eat on a daily basis to keep my energy levels up during the day and over the course of the adventure. What I particularly liked was her emphasis on natural foods like fruit and vegetables, and she was very open to finding solutions for my dietary needs based upon what would be easily available in France and Spain. Throughout the consultation Dawn’s professional and friendly approach made it a pleasure to work with her and culminated in the success of the challenge. Thank you Dawn!

– James Firmin, Rutland UK

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand is a 19.4 km trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes. The challenge climbs to 1886 m over Mount Tongariro and is a popular, well known, endurance trek on New Zealand’s North Island. With the help from Dawn I was able to complete the trek in just over 8 hours, which, although slower than many that day, was a great achievement for a 60 plus granny with a spinal fusion and bulging disc.

The Compeater was able to advise me on how to optimize my nutrition both before and during the trek. I followed her instructions on calculating how much water to carry and when to eat, all vital elements that led me to complete my endurance event. I believe Dawn has the knowledge, the enthusiasm and the experience to help competitors at all levels to achieve their goals, whatever the event.

– Shaun C, New Zealand

Over the last 11 years I made good progress on my fitness and saw improvements in my triathlon times and positions but had seen my progress begin to plateau. I met Dawn and after a “gastrically” challenged ultra marathon in 2016 I started working with Dawn on my nutrition to firstly specifically understand the problems I had during my ultra but more generally to better understand how to plan my nutrition to support training, racing and recovery for half and full ironman triathlons.

The last 10 months have been transformational.  It has been a pleasure working with Dawn, she has been challenging when required and supportive when understanding the practicalities of combing a new nutrition plan with work and family life.

The first major benefit has been a reduction in weight through following a better nutrition plan and cutting out unnecessary carbohydrates and adding protein to my diet.  This decrease towards my race weight saw early running PBs with first ever sub 40 min10k and a 25 min improvement in my marathon time and a resulting good for age for London 2018.

The main benefit however has been following a plan to support my ironman training.  I have consistently had more energy with far fewer mid afternoon dips and much improved recovery after some long and arduous training sessions.  This, like my early season running results, has seen a step change in my performances.   From age group results in the top 10% I have already had two podium finishes in Olympic to Half ironman as well as qualification at the Tour of Cambridgeshire for the World Gran Fondo in August 2017.  I am confident of more to come this season and going forward!

Working with Dawn has easily been my best investment in my triathlon experience to date.  Having bought lighter or more aero kit over recent years as many of us do I have seen a much more significant return from working with Dawn.  She has equipped me with a good general understanding of the key elements of nutrition which I now feel confident to apply both this season and going forward.  I also have a great mentor for reference with any future nutritional challenges.  Thank you Dawn!

– Giles C, Rutland UK

Hi Dawn, Just wanted to let you know how it went in Kona. Nutrition, I probably got it as right as I ever have. The week running up, the carb intake earlier in the week and dropping certain things at various stages seemed to work well for me. I felt heavy and lethargic when I was eating the bigger loads. But unlike other years I got back to normal in time to race. rather than loading up a few days out and having that effect close to race day. I used the same strategy suggested that I used in Staffordshire at the start of the year. I diluted an amount of gels in a bottle on the bike. I then sipped it at regular intervals throughout until I finished the bottle by the end of the ride. I didn’t eat much. probably 4 solid food items throughout. I replaced the fluid/gel intake with these but never consumed both. I felt a little uncomfortable on the bike, my stomach sloshing around up hills made me feel a tiny bit sick, but nothing to particularly worry about, and I guess to be expected when consuming gel like that. It certainly dies out by the time I started to run as I had reduced my intake. I struggled on the run but I don’t think that was particularly nutrition. I don’t think my hydration was great. I drank so much fluid on the bike but I know I was very dehydrated. I think I struggled to sweat at the latter stages of the run. Lots of what you taught me really did help. I’ve got a practiced race week nutrition guide that I will now use. I now need to figure out how I fuel my training better and arrive on the start line as lean as I need to be. Thanks for all your help.

– Paul C, Lincs UK

I approached Dawn after having committed to the Marmot Granfondo Alps and realising that I was going to need more help with training than just riding lots of miles to get through it. With the distance, climbing and heat involved I needed to get together a plan that would lose me weight, keep me fuelled for the extra training and have a good strategy for the event itself. From the start Dawn was really good, coming up with a bespoke coaching package with my main aims in mind. After my meetings with Dawn I had an ideal weight to aim for, how to track my nutrition without compromising my training and an excellent food intake plan for the race day itself. The event itself went very well and I felt completely prepared with pre race meals, carrying around real food to fuel between stops and making sure I was well hydrated on a very hot day. At no stage did I feel that I didn’t have enough energy to complete the gruelling event. Thank you Dawn.

– Richard M, Rutland UK

My triathlon A race felt so much better this year after working with you. With the knowledge and support I gained from you, I was able to finish both the swim and bike feeling like I could have gone on for longer. I struggled on the run but this year it wasn’t anything to do with hydration or nutrition but due to a calf injury niggle. Thankfully I was able to carry on and beat last year’s time by 18 minutes. Thank you very much for your support.

– Jo H, Bourne UK


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