Triathlon is a global sport, and travel for the triathlete can be exciting, but there are always challenges associated with leaving home for an event—and eating properly while on the road is one of them. When you’re racing close to home the nutritional considerations may be just a matter of getting things right for a day or two, but when you’re traveling further afield, nutrition can become more complex. Here are six tips for triathlete travelers.
Stay loose: One of the most valuable lessons I have learned is to remain flexible. Too often triathletes get caught up in feeling they need a particular kind of cereal or snack for their pre-race breakfast or a specific type of pasta at a set time the night before their race. I am all for having a routine and food that works for you, but stay loose and do the best you can with what you have. I once had to eat a pre-race dinner in the Netherlands that consisted of two Milky Ways and a packet of chips. Probably not the ideal meal, but they were calories and I figured they would get me through the race (and they did). To avoid putting yourself in such a situation, research your destination online to learn about the restaurants and supermarkets may be near you and what sorts of food they offer.