Tasty Triathlon Breakfast Ideas
If you’re tackling triathlon training, it’s just as important to get your diet right as it is to master the three disciplines. Being well-fuelled from breakfast is critical to nailing successful training sessions.
Here are some of our favourite foods to set you up for each mode of exercise…
If you like to start your day with a swim training session, before work or getting the kids off to school, it’s likely to be a very early start. Sometimes, a 6 am swim session can mean a 5:15 am breakfast. In this situation, most athletic swimmers will grab a fast-releasing energy snack before their swim and eat a larger breakfast after their workout.
For snack ideas, we’d recommend a banana with one tablespoon of peanut butter, brown toast and juice, fig bars, or a small bowl of cereal with low fat milk.
If you’re planning a long run (over 60 minutes) your best bet is to eat 2-3 hours before to allow time for your food to digest.
Your body’s preferred fuel source needed for this type of exercise is simple carbs that can be quickly processed into energy which include oats, bananas or honey packets.
We recommend a small bowl of porridge topped with banana or overnight oats for breakfast fuel. Alternatively, try half a bagel with peanut butter!
The right breakfast can be essential when planning a long bike ride. For longer rides, you’ll need to fuel yourself with protein and whole grains that will allow for slow release energy.
Why not try an egg burrito with sweet potatoes or avocado, spinach and salsa?
If you’re heading out for a multi-day ride, incorporate some water-dense fruits for extra hydration and anti-inflammatory foods such as berries and walnuts to help repair muscle tissue (and of course, don’t forget the emergency Mars bar for the journey!)
For us, it’s got to be between maple syrup pancakes or full-blown fry up. We’ll leave the cheat day choice for you to decide!
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