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Old 02-10-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
Matthew Townsend
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I'm doing a triathlon for the first time in a week.

I'm wondering whether I have to eat anything differently this week.

I'm thinking not much different from normal (the usual veg, lean meats, fruit and nuts etc), with the exception of grains before I set off from home on the day.

I don't normally eat grains, but last week, I did a 110km cycle ride and 1km ocean swim. Before leaving home I ate something like 200g muesli, 200g natural yoghurt, 400g berries and a handful of nuts.

I actually found it hard to eat that much, but I'm glad I did as my riding companions were flagging towards the end, but I could have kept on going.

I don't buy this carb-loading idea, save for the big breakfast suggestion above. And I have to factor in that the ocean swim will be first up although I don't think I'm at risk of puking unless I swallow a whole stack of sea water.

Any help with any endurance events appreciated, it doesn't have to be particular to triathlons.

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Old 02-10-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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This link has everything you need to know.

Gordo's Carboloading Protocol:

http://www.coachgordo.com/gtips/nutr..._protocol.html

(safe for work and kids)

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Old 02-11-2007, 08:28 AM   #3
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Matthew,

How long is the tri you are doing?

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Old 02-11-2007, 03:36 PM   #4
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Not long Brian, 600m swim, 20k ride and 8k run. I did a dry run a couple of weeks ago and found it easier than the Filthy Fifty. :-)

Thanks for that Charlie, will take a look.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:05 PM   #5
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Matthew,
Since the Tri is a short course, eat normally up to one or two days prior. Those one or two days you can increase carbs however you want. Two days out, no exercise, and short moderately hard sprints the day prior to race day to prime your muscles. The race is short enough that full-on carb loading will not matter. Eat right the morning of the race, and eat/drink (gels, Gu, gatorade endurance formula) during (however you have practiced).
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:32 PM   #6
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Thanks Brady, just what I need to know.

I've printed out Gordo's carbloading protocol because it seems that there's some interesting things in there to digest, pardon the pun, but at my level, I don't think I need to get too jiggy with it.

As for the suggestions for exercising that's really helpful too.

I was planning on doing a cycling tomorrow (Tuesday), swimming Wednesday, a run Thursday and then rest Friday and Saturday.

But I actually have a skills lesson for the tri on Saturday which is likely to be little more than a priming session as you put it. So I'm set. :-)
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