Nutrition in triathlon training is probably one of the most important and yet overlooked aspect in amateur triathlon. Professional triathletes are hypersensitive to the need for nutrition both during training and during the race. Amateur triathletes however, tend to get lax in their nutrition or don’t plan their nutrition well enough and thus suffer the consequences of poor performance. To truly gain success in triathlon, you must focus in on your nutrition to get the best results
The first aspect of nutrition is periodization. It is very difficult to be in a strict diet in training year round. Personally, I have to have times where I “loosen the belt” and enjoy a good cheeseburger. So, understand that just as there is periodization in your training, there is periodization in your nutrition. For example, when you are narrowing in on race day you may become very strict in your diet about 8-12 weeks before race day. This gives you ample time to lose any extra weight you are carrying and to maximize your training days with quality foods.