The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Translation: Consider your nutrition as a total system.
New York City-based dietitian and triathlete Lauren Antonucci says many of her clients demonstrate the same counterproductive pattern: “A lot of times I see athletes take so many bars, drinks and supplements that they don’t realize they’re going way over the top with things like vitamin A, which could be toxic in high amounts, or vitamin E, which we don’t want to be excessively high in endurance athletes (it appears to lose its main antioxidant benefits when taken in excess). A lot of times they’re dosing in on supplements throughout the day from their cereal, breakfast bar, their drink and their performance supplement — they have no idea what they’re actually taking in in total.”
Similarly, Dye says the beauty of using a complete system with First Endurance is that he knows exactly what he’s putting into his body and can modify his total intake of, say, vitamin C, based on his activity and how he feels. For example, if you have a light training day, like one hour of running, you might have a Multi-V (First Endurance’s multi-vitamin) in the morning and one serving of EFS during your run to give you an appropriate amount of vitamin C, which helps with recovery and inflammation, for that day (500 milligrams). But if you have a long ride planned that weekend, you might have your Multi-V in the morning and 7–8 servings of EFS during the ride and finish with a serving of Ultragen, the company’s recovery drink. On that day you may have upward of 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C, which is appropriate for a day where you trained really hard for 5 or 6 hours. “That’s where the system works — it takes the guesswork out of what you need to take on those training days because it’s built in to the specific products for the appropriate time,” says Kunz. “From the very beginning we wanted to keep it very simple for the athletes. EFS is for fueling, Ultragen is for recovery, the Multi-V is designed specifically for endurance athletes with key nutrients, and our OptygenHP helps modulate cortisol, a stress hormone. If you realize your training that week is going to be stressful for you because you work 50 hours a week and have two kids, that supplement helps keep your stress in check. Finally, our PreRace product is a stimulant that lets you go really hard for key training sessions, and of course on race day. When you use all the products you get an additional benefit because it all works together in synergy.”
Dye, a specialist in Olympic-distance non-drafting races, has made PreRace an integral part of his race fueling protocol. He points to one more perk of using the entire suite of FE products: “The fact that it works well as a system is a huge benefit because it makes it easy to go into a store and go with one brand of everything. Just knowing that all the products made by the same company are all tasty and high quality simplifies things.”