Energy packs are a great way to legally boost your performance in a triathlon. There is no substitute for a good, healthy diet prior to a race and during your training regime but on the day sometimes that just isn’t enough. If that is the case then the current range of energy packs available to buy online might be the answer. It would be a shame to put all that hard work and preparation at risk because you didn’t have the right energy sources available to you on the big day.
When it comes to the long distances and gruelling stages of a triathlon this need for extra sustenance and nutrition becomes even more of an issue. As fatigue sets in, often expedited by a lack of water and calories many competitors simply cannot go on and in the best case scenario put in a poor performance and in the worst have to throw the towel in and drop out of the race. But it needn’t be this way. Portable sources of power known as energy packs have been used for many years in this sport and are perfectly accepted and allowed. They are not performance enhancing drugs. They are simply food in its purest form.
So with all that in mind it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different types of energy packs available.
These sachets of gel contain high amounts of carbohydrates and sodium which is lost through exercise and sweat. They come in small packets that can easily be stored on in your triathlon wetsuits or shorts and are designed to be taken before and during the races at various predefined points in the triathlon. They are great for a quick shot of energy whilst on the road and most triathletes prefer to consume at least one for each stage of the race. Please be respectful to the environment and do not throw the finished packet into the sidings!
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Energy chews are similar to energy gels except they are coated in a gummy substance which you chew as your travel through the stages of the triathlon. They too provide easily digestible carbohydrates and a healthy blend of minerals and vitamins to keep you topped up as you race. There are many companies making these products and ZipVit energy chews are very popular amongst triathletes.
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Energy bars are very popular amongst triathletes but unlike the gels and chews they are not generally eaten during the race. Most people take them prior to starting out on the race as they provide a slow release of energy that should at least see you through the first part of the race. Once you start to notice a dip in performance you can then supplement your intake with gels or chews. After the race is another point where people often take an energy bar as the combination of high quality protein and carbohydrates aids recovery by replacing what was lost during the race.
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As you can see there are lots of options for in-race refuelling and if you want to stay ahead of the pack it is very important that you keep sufficiently hydrated and are able to top up your energy levels during the race. If you would like to know more about these types of product please visit the triathlon energy and recovery food section.