10 BIGGEST MISTAKES ATHLETES MAKE
1 - Hydration: Keep fluid intake to between 450-800ml per hour depending on the conditions.
2 - Simple Sugar consumption: Complex carbohydrates provide steady energy without stomach discomfort.
3 - Correct caloric intake: Try keep your caloric intake to between 120-180 calories per hour whilst exercising.
4 - Inconsistent electrolyte supplementation: Electrolytes should provide the body with not just a single mineral, but rather a full spectrum of minerals.
5 - Protein during prolonged exercise: Over the 3 hour mark, soy protein’s rich amino acid profile is ideal for use during exercise.
6 - Too much solid food during exercise: Liquid nutrition is easy and convenient for endurance athletes to consume.
7 - Using something new without having tested it: Is a costly mistake for any athlete.
8 - Sticking with your game plan if it’s not working: Adapt your nutrition game plan if it’s not working. Have a tested in-training, back-up plan.
9 - Inadequate post workout nutrition: Whey protein isolate, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants and glutamine are essential for rapid recovery.
10 - Improper pre-workout or race fueling: Keep your pre-race meal to between 200-400 calories of high quality, low fibre complex carbohydrates, ie: 1/2 Hammer gels 10 minutes before race start.