Well I've now gone though a season with minimal injuries and actually got into the top half of one of the sprint tri's. Now considering setting next years challenges and how to reach them.
I'm a bit sceptical. Maybe for bodybuilders - but not for us. A reasonable diet should be OK. Only thing I do is have a recovery drink or milkshake after a long run or long bike.
Rest of the diet is beer and crisps.
Bodybuilders always recomend protein shakes - no matter whether you are bodybuilding, training for a triathlon or learning to play the guitar.
I wouldn't bother with protein shakes, a balanced diet provides you with everything you need.
Yes, to play the guitar you need to be drinking protein shakes, lifting heavy weights and admiring yourself in the mirror.
fez - but I should say that like Cougie I do have a recovery shake (REGO) after long bike rides and long runs.
I think thats what they say, but as I've still got some Rego - I can use that up.
Would be a good idea for the mag to test maybe ? Doubt they can get any real evidence though - tired legs are a bit hard to judge.
I also use Slimfast if I'm at races, easier to pack than Rego and the carb to protein ratio is spot on for what the scientists reccomend - altho dont think milkshake is far off ?
protein shakes just give you bad guts!
I saw a presentation last night by a chap from SIS and I spoke to him afterwards and said that all this electrolyte/recovery/energy stuff did not make any difference to an average punter like me and the real difference was seen by 'serious athletes' and professionals. Naturally he didn't enthuse about my point of view but he did quietly agree.
I do also support the view that bodybuilders seem to see a protein shake as a route to the holy grail of bodybuilding and a normal diet should provide all that you need.
I dunno - I do think you need some decent stuff whilst racing. Certainly for long distance stuff you need to be able to get energy in and keep the salts topped up.
Theres no need to swan round the gym knocking back sports drink though after 2 mins on a treadmill.
I did the Ultra on Saturday using just water, flapjack and lava salts. Worked a treat!
(albeit, the home made flapjack was a bit bulky - but sooooooooo worth it!)
Energy food & drink? Pah!!!
I've done some long distance stuff over multiple days (admittedly completing not competing) and besides loads of homemade flapjacks - which are not much different to SIS Go bars , but alot cheaper - I just ate alot of pasta over the 6 days. I suspect though that if I had been racing over a similar distance or time I may well have suffered from carbo depletion.
I find flapjacks make me forget to pick up the nutrition I'd packed in special needs......
Seriously - forget protein shakes, you just need to eat larger quantities of what you normally eat (assuming this is reasonably healthy)
So does beer and kebab, but they're all necessary training supplements, Taff!
so wickett do we need to teach you the correct loading methords of the important food groups of larger and kebab?
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