Do I need to fuel while I’m doing a sprint triathlon?

Do I need to fuel while I’m doing a sprint triathlon?

It largely depends how long you think it’s going to take you to complete it. 

Normally the body stores an hour to an hour and 15 minutes worth of energy in our regular glycogen stores. 

Provided that you have eaten sensibly in the lead up to the event and taken energy on board then, then you should probably have enough.

But if you’re going to have a slightly longer day because it might be uphill or it might be your first event, then there’s absolutely no harm in taking a gel or maybe a piece of Flapjack out on the bike.

That’ll just top you up to be able to complete the rest of the course and you’ll have a fantastic time.

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Fueling for a sprint triathlon

It’s important to ensure you have enough energy to complete the course. 

While the body stores glycogen, longer days or uphill routes might require a little extra fuel. 

Don’t be afraid to take a gel or snack on the bike to give you the energy you need to finish strong.

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We're Coaches Jacqui and Oliver Saxon, the Animis Coaching Team.

We are a mom and son coaching team who have changed our lives through the sport of triathlon. We aim to break down the mysteries of triathlon training and show you, the avid traithlete, how simple and flexible it can be so triathlon training really does become part of your lifestyle and not just a hobby.