Using Pickle Juice for Triathlon Training and Racing

Pickle juice? Yes, you read that correctly! Pickle juice could be that magical piece of your triathlon training and racing nutrition that is missing right now.  When describing the nutrition strategy I used during Ironman Wisconsin, I typically get the most questions about my consumption of pickle juice: You really drank that? How did you carry it with you? Why pickle juice? Did it really work? Let me enlighten you. Yes, I really drank it. I drank 2.5 ounces at mile 40 of the bike course, 2.5 ounces at mile 80 of the bike course, and another 2.5 ounces at mile 13 of the marathon portion.  While some athletes opt to carry a small amount of the juice from the…

For the Record: June 2016 - Is Caffeine Before Racing a Good Idea?

NO – Coach Nick Seidel Caffeine is not recommended before triathlon participation. Research supports that caffeine does improve performance on many types of activities. Adequate rest and a solid nutritional plan will sustain optimal performance better than caffeine for a less reliable effect. Referring to an article by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in the 2005 IRONMAN World Championship, 53% of the athletes interviewed did not know what proper dose of caffeine or method would enhance performance. According to the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the optimal dose of caffeine is 3-6 mg/kg for enhanced performance. The best effect is when caffeine is consumed in an anhydrous state opposed to drinking coffee. Research also disproves the common conception that…

You Can Fuel Your Triathlon Better with UCAN - Part 2

You may have heard Gastrointestinal (GI) distress can plague athletes. Perhaps you’ve even fallen victim to it yourself. Maybe intense heartburn ruined your training run. Or maybe worse, indigestion was the detrimental factor on race day. GI distress is commonplace for many athletes—particularly endurance athletes that are fueling during exercise or racing. Marathon legend, Bill Rodgers, said, “More marathons are won or lost in the portable toilets than at the dinner table.” This illustrates the prevalence and severity of the issue for many long-course racers.  In fact, a 2009 study conducted for the Opinions in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care found that roughly 50% of runners experience GI problems. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn,…

How a Medical Breakthrough Led to a Triathlete Nutrition Breakthrough - Part 1

A young Connecticut family faced overwhelming emotion when doctors diagnosed their son, Jonah, with a metabolic disorder.  This rare condition prevented Jonah’s body from converting stored carbohydrates (glycogen) into energy (glucose). To maintain adequate blood-sugar levels, Jonah needed to be fed with a feeding tube every two hours.  These feedings included the nighttime hours, preventing Jonah (and his parents) from ever getting a full night’s sleep. Determined to improve Jonah’s quality of life, his parents led research that resulted in the scientific breakthrough of SuperStarch, a complex carbohydrate that steadily releases glucose.  This slow release enables a body to maintain steady blood-sugar levels for hours.  While this scientific discovery had, most importantly, a positive life-changing impact for Jonah, the family…

UCAN Webinar: Bob Seebohar Discusses Nutrition for Endurance Base Training

TriDot Nutrition Partner Generation UCAN recently teamed up with former Olympic Sports Dietitian Bob Seebohar, MS, RD to conduct a webinar entitled "Nutrition for Endurance Base Training." The webinar provided tips on what to eat before, during, and after a workout, discussed how your daily nutrition impacts what you burn for energy and reviewed how Generation UCAN can help you sustain energy without over-consuming calories.  You can view the webinar here: UCAN/Bob Seebohar "Nutrition for Endurance Base Training"   

Three Key Points to Consider in Your First IRONMAN Triathlon

Triathlon is a daunting sport.  There’s no denying this fact. As you’re probably already aware, a perfunctory search of triathlon memes on the Internet will yield a common definition of the wordtriathlete so eloquently dictated as “a person who doesn’t understand that one sport is hard enough.”  This comedic gesture is in vogue without exposition.  Those of us who have taken the proverbial dive all know why the magnetic T-R-I word comes with both a wonderful sense of excitement coupled with equal amounts dread. Throw the enigmatic proper noun IRONMAN into the mix and emotions amplify into a whirlwind of potential broken dreams, glory, misery, ecstasy and camaraderie all simmering in a pot of countless hours sacrificed. If you are about to be…

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