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Racing - What To Eat?

A majority of triathlons are the length called Olympic distance. This is a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and a 10K run. For me, I complete this distance in 1:45 to 2:05 depending on the course geography. I have raced over 200 triathlons in my career and I have found what energy supplement works best for me. Before the race, I eat enough to have my stomach feel "not empty." This doesn't mean stuffed, but rather satiated. The amount of calories I eat before the race varies on what time the race starts whether it is 7 AM or 2PM.

Everyone burns a different amount of calories in a triathlon. It depends on how fit a person is, their body type and the time it takes to finish a race. Usually, thirty minutes before the race I will have half of a Clif Bar to continue my satiation. I continue to hydrate with water leading up to the start of the race. On the bike, I have two full water bottles. One contains water and the other contains an electrolyte replenishment drink. I also have two energy gels taped to the top tube of my bike. I have one gel twenty minutes into the bike ride and one with twenty minutes left in the ride.

On the run, I grab two more gels in the transition area and I take one at the beginning of the run and then another twenty minutes later. I know some professional triathletes use only an electrolyte drink in the Olympic distance race. Everyone is different so make sure you experiment in training on maintaining a stable energy. In doing so, you will less likely have a surprise bonk at mile four of the run.

 
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