Carb loading tips for your next Endurance event.

Many People are working towards specific events. Tough Mudder, True Grit, City to Bay, City to Surf, Triathlons etc If you haven't tried one of these events now is the time to give one a go.

An intelligent approach to nutrition is key. Carbohydrate loading won't interrupt if done correctly.

It's a little trial and error as everyone responds in a unique way.

Here are some tips:

  • If the duration of the event is longer than 2 hours you may need to start carbohydrate loading the night before the event. Be sure your nutrition plan includes plenty of clean carbohydrates like white rice or pasta with a tomato based sauce. Avoid cheese, cream and too many fats or oils.
  • On the day of the event, a breakfast of porridge and fruit usually works well.
  • Try not to eat anything too heavy in the 2 hours before the event.
  • Make sure you stay well hydrated on the days leading into the event.
  • You'll benefit greatly from Max's Creatine X8 as it will help you stay hydrated. The Alanine is a lactic acid buffer which will help you push harder more comfortably. The Arginine supplies your working muscles with oxygen and this is great for endurance events.
  • Replenish any fluids lost during and after the event but avoid drinks that contain sugar.
  • Get back into eating clean after the event as soon as possible.
  • Take note of everything so next time you can do the same or make slight alterations is needed.

Best wishes for your event/s.

Kate Alderman