I’ve read a reasonable amount of negative comment about corporate sponsorship of the Olympics and MacDonald’s part in that debate in particular. The argument goes that it must be wrong for an unhealthy fast-food giant to have anything to do with elite athletes, the lifestyle choices that they make and the inspiration that, hopefully, they are engendering in the youth of the World to be fitter and healthier – fair enough, that is one point of view. Let me give you another. After my first marathon, I tried refuelling my body with all the ‘right’ foods and I felt terrible for days afterwards. For my second marathon I refuelled immediately afterwards with a Big Mac, large fries and a giant cup of heavily sugared tea. My recovery was such an improvement on the ‘proper’ way of doing it and so successful that I have used the same strategy in all my subsequent marathons, triathlons and long bike rides. Think about what you’re getting in this meal – from an athletic recovery standpoint – protein, carbs, fat and salt (electrolytes) is the perfect mix. Now I don’t advocate a meal like this every day, or even every month, but on the right occasion it is completely justified. Unfortunately, today I couldn’t truly justify it, but I fancied one anyway!