FAT, CARBOHYDRATE, FIBRE AND PROTEIN
Before we go any further, it’s worth knowing a little about the fuel your body uses in a triathlon. Everything you eat is either fat, carbohydrate, fibre or protein. Fat and carbohydrate provides you with the energy to swim, bike and run, whereas protein helps to rebuild your cells after training, although it can be converted to energy too. Fibre covers all the stuff your body can’t use, so it simply passes through your system. It’s important to eat all four of these food-types in your daily diet, but for race day it’s the carbohydrate and fat that are most important. ● Fat is your “go slow” endurance fuel, used for low-to-moderate intensity activity. ● We all have plenty of stored fat for a triathlon, so there is no need to consume more on race day. ● Good fats are found in foods such as whole milk, fish, avocado, eggs and full-fat yoghurt.