Alternative Nutrition without energy gels and bars?
Hi all, I have signed up to my first 70.3 (Mallorca, this May). It will be my 3rd triathlon including Alpe d'Huez last summer. Training is going fine but my concern is race day nutrition. Following years of constant flus, sore throats, lethargy and chest infections, which curtailed my training and resulted in far too many courses of antibiotics, I sought advice from a homeopathy doctor. After some tests, I was diagnosed with candida overgrowth and put on a strict diet which ruled out sugars of any form (including honey, agave, etc). The results have been great and these days I feel full of energy and much healthier. I cheat sometimes by eating a homemade flapjack made with honey or a homemade energy bar made with dates and nuts.
However, as my training ramps up, I am starting to feel the adverse effects of no gels, no energy drinks and no energy bars when out for a long ride. I can't even imagine trying to race without them! I am reluctant to start introducing sugary foods again as I have worked so hard to rid myself of the candida overgrowth. I appreciate I may have to do this, but I wondered if anyone has suggestions for alternative race day fueling and nutrition strategy? E.g. Could I rely on slow release energy sources over the race or will I just bonk? Has anyone else tried out a healthier alternative to the usual bars and drinks? A tough ask I know!