As a beginner triathlete, it can be quite a challenge to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition you need to train for your first triathlon. A healthful diet can help you lose weight, recover faster and have more energy as you train.
As a personal trainer, many people have come to me for help in losing weight and toning up their bodies. My clients would see me several times each week for a killer workout in the gym or at my outdoor boot camp.
Now I’m serious about getting people into great shape, but every now and then someone would really be struggling to burn off the extra body fat. Then we would take a closer look to find out why they were not reaching their health and fitness goals.
9 times out of 10, this is what I’d here: “I’m working out with you and even doing additional workouts on my own…But I eat whatever I want!”
Obviously triathlon training has different goals, but the point I’m making here is that so much of achieving fitness results comes back to diet and nutrition—not just training hard.
If you are wondering why you keep hitting the wall at mile 3, stay sore after training, are not feeling energetic and are slow to recover, or why your knee pain persists, you may want to take a closer look at your nutrition plan.
Triathlon training and triathlon nutrition have to be closely connected.
Many beginner triathletes (as well as many advanced triathletes for that matter) either put little effort into their triathlon diet plan, or worst, completely ignore it altogether. Ack!
- optimize your body’s energy production
- increase energy utilization and efficiency
- recover faster after training
- feel better and more motivated mentally
- prevent joint and tissue injuries
When I used to help my clients reach their weight loss goals, I would encourage them to put as much effort in what they eat every day. Many triathletes pay little attention to how to fuel their bodies with nutrition, and this can create plateaus.
You simply have to use some triathlon nutrition strategies to get the most out of all your triathlon training program. You can’t always train harder.
Unfortunately, a solid triathlete diet plan is a bit more complicated than decided whether to eat carbohydrates or not. It’s more like knowing how to choose the right types of carbohydrates and how much to eat. Or for example, not avoiding fat all together, rather what kind of fats to avoid and which ones to seek out as important diet staples for a triathlete.
But don’t worry, it’s not that confusing once you understand the key concepts of a well-planned triathlete’s diet.