Planning your nutrition strategy for Olympic distance triathlon

Whether you are a seasoned competitor or undertaking your first Olympic Distance triathlon, you do need to plan your nutrition and hydration needs for this type of event. You might be able to get away without consuming energy drink or gels during a sprint distance triathlon, but it isn’t recommended for longer events. Continue reading

Avoiding gastro-intestinal problems during endurance sports events

Gastro-intestinal (GI) problems are common during endurance sports events, particularly marathons, ultra-distance runs and the run during a long distance triathlon. Typically, 30-50% of competitors in such events may be suffering from symptoms such as heartburn (reflux), bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps or other discomfort.1 Generally females are more likely to experience GI issues than males, and a recent study of 221 athletes competing in Ironman events demonstrated that those with the most serious GI symptoms were more likely to have a history of GI problems.2 Such symptoms may impair performance and even prevent you from finishing the race. Continue reading