Getting your triathlon nutrition right is key to consistent training and successful racing.
Here we give you the best strategies to help you succeed.
There is no magic triathlon training diet. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is key.
The difference between nutrition for you as a triathlete and someone who is a couch potato is you need to ensure you get enough of the right nutrients at the right time.
You should aim to eat a varied diet focusing on nutrient-rich foods, and adjust how much you eat to match your daily training load.
Taking on board the right amount of the right nutrients at the right time is vital in order to:
In short, eating well allows good recovery and therefore consistent training and optimal performance.
Having a well thought-through plan for your nutrition and hydration, both for racing and training is a good idea.
Everyone is different, so it may take you some time to figure out what strategies work best for you. Try different foods before a session, different timings and different types of energy drinks, gels and so on in training. Don't do anything new on race day! If this is an area where you are struggling, it might be a good idea to have a session with a sports nutritionist.
Dehydration can have a huge impact on performance. Find out how to develop an effective triathlon hydration strategy.
Getting your nutrition during training right will make all the difference to your performance. The right recovery nutrition means you’re ready for your next training session.
Getting your nutrition right on race day will make all the difference to your performance. What you eat and when can have a big impact on the outcome of a race.
If you don't get your nutrition right post-training, you really won't be getting the most from the session.
Find out how to get your recovery nutrition right to optimise your adaptation to triathlon training and keep you healthy.
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