7. You Need To Supplement Your Diet
Because of the specific training many enduroletes employ, many supplements are basically useless, or at best, cost prohibitive for endurance athletes. It’s a much different game than, say, bodybuilding, where intensive supplementation is absolutely critical. The key is to understand the basics and use supplements that have real application for an endurance athlete.
It is quite difficult to achieve competitive success without proper supplementation. For example, you could easily replenish your carbs on an Ironman course with white bread and Fig Newtons, but you’d have to carry a backpack full of the stuff to ensure your calorie intake was adequate. It’s much easier to supplement with a carb/sodium replacement gel.
If you’re going to consider supplementing your diet, keep it simple. Think natural whey, soy, and caseinate proteins, creatine monohydrate, electrolytes, BCAAs, recovery formulas, a multivitamin etc.
But just because you take a vitamin, don’t think you can skip out on those leafy greens. Remember, the multivitamin is supposed to supplement your diet, not replace any part of it.
As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t ingest it until you’ve done your homework to understand what it is! Take responsibility for what you put into your body.