I wake up ravenously hungry every morning. I am not one of those people who can workout on an empty stomach. I get hangry throughout the day if I don’t have snacks. I think about what I’m going to eat after my workout is over and then my stomach starts growling even before my run is over.
Davey, on the other hand, can go all day without eating. I don’t know how this is possible, but he often “forgets to eat”. He has to wait at least an hour after eating before he can workout and is never angry, moody or mean when he is hungry. He never makes a mad dash to the fridge after our workouts and he’ll forget to bring fuel for our long runs and bike rides. Good thing I always pack snacks and make sure we have fuel.
Although our eating preferences are quite opposite, our training fuel preferences are the same. Regardless of whether you’re hungry all the time or not, when you train for a longer distance triathlon like an Olympic or a half-ironman, nutrition and fuel are important.
Here are some of our favorites:
Picky Bars – We LOVE Picky Bars. Not only are they the perfect carb:protein ratio (4:1) for workouts, but we can pronounce all the ingredients on the back and they are delicious. We are members of the Picky Club and every month, we a box of bars arrives on our doorstep.
Huma Gel – For longer rides and runs, we love Huma Gel. It isn’t too sweet, it’s made with chia seeds and fruit and is perfect if you have a sensitive stomach. With flavors like Lemonade, Cafe Mocha, Mango and Chocolate, there’s a little something for everyone.
Coco Hydro Sport – We’re crazy about coconut water, but we’re not crazy about the hefty price tag. That’s why we love Coco Hydro. For just $20, you’ll get 30 servings of electrolyte rich coconut water. Forget the sugary and processed sports drinks and try some refreshing CocoHydro! (Use the code TwoTriJess20 for 20% off!)
Clif Shot Bloks – I (Jess here) am a salty sweater. That’s why I love Margarita Shot Blocks. They have 3x the sodium and are perfect for replenishing all of the salt I sweat out. If salt isn’t your thing, there are 10 more awesome flavors to choose from. Both Davey and I love Black Cherry because it has a shot of caffeine which adds a little pep to our step.
Pickles – I discovered the magic of pickles during our metric century bike ride last summer. The volunteers at the rest stops were offering pickle juice and pickles and 50 miles in, a salty, vinegary pickle sounded amazing. And it was. Ever since then, I’ve always had a pickle to snack on during long runs, rides and when I did my first 70.3. Pickles and pickle juice is slightly acidic and some studies have found that this helps prevent muscle cramping. Don’t knock it till you try it. It’s so good.
What is your favorite triathlon training fuel?
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