Nutrition for Adventure Racing – Competition Winner Anthony Emmet

Competition Winner Day One: Anthony Emmet (photo:middle) – One of Britain’s Best Adventure Racers.

Ant Emmet

This weekend, Anthony is going to be putting me through my paces, giving me an insight in to what Adventure Racing is all about and the nutrition challenges he faces when racing for up to 6 days at a time on multi terrain.

Ant Emmet
On Sunday, Anthony has organised a down scaled mock race we will be doing in the Lake District, so he can talk me through the disciplines and how he usually fuels during these gruelling events.

Race Plan:

  1. Mountain Bike 25km (approx 90 mins)
    – Transition 5 mins
  2. Trail Run 10km (Approx 60 mins)
    – Transition 5 mins
  3. Kayak 10km (Approx 60mins)

Meet Anthony;

Any Emmet 2

Anthony lives in the Lake District and has been Adventure Racing since 2002, he’s been a British team member at four World Championships, with two top 10 finishes in the World Finals. In 2013 he was ranked number 2 in Britain. He currently races with Lakes mulitsport UK

In addition to all the hours spent training and racing Anthony, until recently was working full time as the UK and Ireland Brand Manager for Mountain Hardwear. However in January, he is heading to New Zealand to learn from the best adventure racing and multi sport teams in the world to train and race.

What is Adventure Racing: 

Adventure racing is a team event with a combination of two or more endurance disciplines, including navigation, cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling, climbing and related rope skills. An expedition event can span several days and there is typically no suspension of the clock during races, irrespective of length; elapsed competition time runs concurrently with real time, and competitors must choose if or when to rest’ (source wikipedia).

Nutrition Challenges: 

On Sunday I will be looking at Anthony’s (and his teams) current nutrition intake during racing. I will be looking to see what they are already doing, what nutrition strategies are in place, what works, what doesn’t and what are the nutritional issues they face (e.g. self supporting races, stomach issues, ulcers in mouths, palatability and taste preferences, flavour fatigue, weight, portability, non perishable foods). Then I will recommend what can be improved and what foods, fluids and or supplements can be added in to help sustain performance and look after their health. For an event such as a multi day adventure race the number one important factor is energy! Eating enough energy to maintain effort during long continuous days of hiking, riding and kayaking.

Stay tuned for the next blog to find out about nutrition strategies for adventure racing/multi day events and the top tips given to Anthony to improve his nutrition during racing.


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