Iron Distance Training Nutrition (Triathlon)
Sports Nutrition is all about maintaining your energy levels and minimizing fatigue during training and competition. If you are signed up to a long (or iron) distance triathlon, you have many training sessions ahead of you and you will need to keep a close eye on what you eat and drink. Below are some top tips and key products that will help you along the way – simply select all or choose the products that you want to try!
Carbohydrate is the essential fuel your body needs when training for more than one hour, but what your body has stored up is relatively small, especially when your train a lot. Depleting your store of carbohydrate, known as glycogen depletion, can happen after one long session or several days of training. Glycogen depletion makes you feel like you have no energy and your legs are like lead.
Keeping hydrated is an absolute must if you want to optimize your training benefits. Electrolytes like sodium, potassium and magnesium, are lost through sweat and need to be replaced.
Muscles become sore and stiff when they are stressed during training, especially when you do more than one session a day. The depletion of muscle glycogen (muscle carb stores) can impair muscle function resulting in fatigue and reduced exercise performance. The right mix of protein and carbohydrate will help you recover after intense long lasting exercise and turn up ready to perform at your next training session.
Energy Drink is a must for any long training session, especially your longer rides. This scientifically formulated carbohydrate and electrolyte solution helps you sustain your performance and enhance your hydration during endurance exercise. Simply add the powder to your water bottle.
This easy to chew, great tasting Energy Bar filled with real fruits and grains provides you with both simple and complex carbohydrates to keep you fuelled before and during your training sessions. It’s easy to carry with you so you can fuel on the go.
A delicious tasting recovery shake for after your ride. Recovery Drink contains 18g of whey isolate, a top quality source of protein which contributes towards muscle growth and maintenance. Training multiple times a week (and often multiple times a day) requires good recovery – makes sure you refuel with both carbohydrate and protein within 20 minutes of finishing your training session.
Energy Gel is a convenient, fruity gel which delivers carbohydrate straight to your muscles during exercise. Use this when you need an immediate energy boost.
When you are on a high volume training period, you are always hungry – because you are burning lots of calories. And it’s important to keep your body topped up.Packed with flavour and nutritious goodness of protein, fats and carbohydrates for an energising boost, Protein Hit keeps you going, even when you’re running on empty.
Race Day Nutrition
A long distance triathlon (or IRONMAN) is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. The correct nutrition strategy will help you get the most out of your race and you will enjoy it more but do you know what and when to eat and drink on race day? Getting your nutrition right can make all the difference to getting across the finish line and having fun, so check our our long distance triathlon race day nutrition plan to help you plan your nutrition strategy for the race. We recommend you try out your race day strategy in training too.
We have some blogs on triathlon training that can help you along the way (all open in a new window):