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Posted by Trevor Barrett on
Fueling for endurance activities requires training in itself – practice and experiment to nail down a strategy that works for you. Dr. Allen Lim from Skratch Labs shares some of his tips after decades of coaching pro endurance athletes to help you find a fuel & hydration strategy that will make your body & mind perform better.
1. Eat & Drink Early & Consistently
Create a schedule for eating and drinking so that you don’t get behind.
2. Don’t Just Drink Water
When we sweat - we lose water and electrolytes - 90% of which is salt or sodium chloride. Between sodium and chloride, it’s sodium that is most important for us to replace.
3. Eat Real Food
While pre-packaged foods like bars, gels, and chews are convenient and tout performance, it’s important to realize that real food can work just as well if not better than engineered nutrition and is likely going to be easier to digest.
4. Learn What you Need in Training
Competition day is not the day that you want to be experimenting with yourself or your fuel. So try different hydration and fueling strategies during training well before the big day.
5. Come in Well-Fed and Well-Rested
While proper training is obviously important, making sure you are well rested coming into an event is sometimes even more critical.