I've also learned a lot about the "little things" that can contribute to successful execution of fueling on race day. In doing so, I am more able to make concrete and productive changes with each challenging training season, and better understand how my body reacts to different fuel sources, at different levels of effort and in different weather conditions. Below are a few of the lessons I've learned this year.
These guidelines are based on both my nutritional expertise and experience as an endurance athlete. Ultimately it's up to you to decide what nutritional strategy works best for your body during training and racing because everyone is different. Also, while these are geared towards longer multi-sport races they could also be applied to other endurance sports.
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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