So I wrote a post a while back about training and nutrition in relation to what you should eat during training activities and on race day. I’m currently training for a 70.3 race in November and have been on the hunt for some nutritional supplements that don’t taste too bad.
Since then, I’ve sampled a few nutritional products that I really like. On my hunt to find some tasty nutritional supplements, I stopped in at Varsity Sports and stood in their nutrition section for quite some time, trying to decide what items to try. I also did what I’ll call research, by asking a few other shoppers and a few employees what they like to eat while training/racing.
I finally settled on some CLIF shot blocks in both the citrus and mountain berry flavors. I also picked up a few Honey Stinger energy bars and the highly recommended Honey Stinger Waffle. I tried out these nutritional supplements on a few of my recent long bike rides and was impressed with how much I liked all of the above.
Before my long rides, which are usually 3-4 hours, I eat a Honey Stinger energy bar; which is pretty
tasty. During the ride, I space out eating a few shot blocks; which are surprisingly easy to eat while riding and provide a good nutritional boost. My riding buddy and I usually stop at the half-way point to take a 5-10 minute rest from the bike during which I eat a Honey Stinger Waffle, which I like a little too much.
So far I’ve found this variety of nutritional supplements to be sufficient at getting me enough energy
and nutrition to sustain a 3-4 hour bike ride and they are quite tasty. My next big training event will be two weeks when I ride 56 miles, and then follow that up with at least a 30-minute run. I’ll need quite a bit of additional nutrition after the bike ride to pull of that run so I’m debating on eating some real food at that point like a peanut butter sandwich and/or a banana, and then bringing a few more shot blocks with me to eat during the run.
Any nutritional advice on this topic is more than welcome.