Ashton Eaton. The Nike-sponsored decathlete, and one of the most recognizable names in the sport of track & field, has been called the “World’s Greatest Athlete”—and we’re certainly not debating it.
The decathlon is arguably the toughest Olympic sport, casting a near-implausible challenge on those who compete and excel in (not all, but most of) the 10 events. During the first day, an athlete completes the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400-meter run; and the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500-meter run in the second day.
Just think about how wildly different the skills, muscles, and body type of a guy running the mile is from a shot putter. Now think about how fatigued you’d be after day one of competition, and how difficult it must be to keep your body warmed up, firing on all cylinders, and fueled for the mother of all track and field events.
Last year, Eaton became the world record holder and first man to break the 9,000-point barrier with a score of 9,045 in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. The remarkable accomplishment spanned over two 15-hour days. Yet of these 30-some odd hours, Eaton only competed for about 10 minutes. “It’s not just running down a runway for ten seconds and jumping for five seconds and throwing the shot put,” Eaton’s coach Harry Marra said in a press release. Bottom line: What happens off the track is just as important as what happens on it.
And just this past weekend, he won the decathlon in the USA Track & Field Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon at the historic Hayward Field with a score of 8,750 (325 more than second-place runner-up Jeremy Taiwo). He coasted through the track events and struggled just a bit with the discus throw and pole vault, but came out on top to win or tie five of the total events.
So, what does one of the world’s most accomplished, multidimensional, and impressive athletes of our time eat for breakfast before grueling training sessions? We’ve got the exact two meals that power Eaton through his workouts. As for major events like the Olympics? Eaton will eat both breakfasts (or just Breakfast 1).
Obviously you won’t need to eat both Breakfast 1 and 2 if you’re running 3 miles or logging a 45-minute workout. Eat either—or choose foods from either—and dig in. These are literally the breakfasts of a champion, after all.
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