FAQs From Beginner Triathletes

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Feb 25, 2013
  • Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Q: I asked a hotshot in my triathlon club about what diet I should follow, and he said, “I do triathlon so I can eat whatever I want.” Is that true? I want it to be true. All of those diets out there seem overwhelming.
Hungry Hal, Queens, N.Y.

Dear Hungry,

Food is fuel. Would you fill the gas tank of a Ferrari with Schlitz beer? Of course not. That said, the warring world of diets (Paleo, vegan, high-carb, low-carb, South Beach) is overwhelming for sure. Fritzsching-Rulon offers her triathletes two basic rules to follow when it comes to diet. “Shop the perimeter of the grocery store,” she says, alluding to the fact that fresh meats, fish, vegetables and fruits are usually found there as opposed to the junkyard of processed foods that fills most of the aisles. Her other suggestion is to simply develop an awareness of your eating habits. “Ask yourself, ‘What am I eating? Why am I eating it? When? Where? And how much?’” Asking these questions, Fritzsching-Rulon says, will help you exercise common sense with your eating that can work wonders for you, with or without a stack of cookbooks and guides at your side.

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