What to eat before a challenge
Need some energy - Food is fuel!
Knowing what to eat in preparation for challenges and during them is key to success. These helpful tips from triathletes will help you on your way to the perfect diet.
Pre - Race Breakfast
Soaked oats (this helps break down the oats so they are easier to digest) with berries (bananas, raspberries, blueberries) and nuts (macadamia, almonds and walnuts). Healthy fats are key; coconut and olive oil, avocados, not to mention protein in the form of red meat, cheese and eggs.
Peanut butter sandwiches are great, energy bars, bananas all washed down with water and a sports drink. But remember not to over do it - These are snacks!
During a race, athletes need to stay fuelled with carbohydrates and hydrated with water and electrolytes. A good source for these are power bars and gel packets such as vanilla GU. Red Bull is great as it includes vitamin B which helps the body use carbohydrates, protein and fat for fuel, in addition to caffeine. TOP TIP - mix Red Bull with water
After a race you can let your hair down and devour smoothies, ice cream and chocolate milk. It is important to listen to what your body is craving, we know people who will happily eat a whole tub of Ben and Jerry's or a double stacked burger with all the trimmings, let the belly decide!
OR... Let Marcus, our Saskia chef, take you on a taste bud tingling journey. This is what he laid on for Cycle Tours UK last night!