Training Talk: A Professional Triathlete's Nutrition

Words by Aaron Scott

on 16/06/2015 12:22:00

Mark Buckingham Nutrition

In the first instalment of our look into nutrition in the world of cycling, we have a brief chat with professional British Triathlete Mark Buckingham, who is gearing up for an assault on the qualifying standard for the 2016 Olympic Games. Mark has enjoyed a strong start to the 2015 ITU World Triathlon series and recently finished 4th in Yokohama.

A runner by trade, Mark became a full time triathlete in 2010 and has since been to 2 World Championships, won the British Triathlon title and is a 4 time winner of the British Duathlon Championships. Here's a brief insight into how he looks after his nutrition and hydration in training:

RC: What does your day to day nutrition plan look like, does this differ when you are away from home at events?

MB: I tend to plan all my meals myself and just try to eat as healthily as possible. When I'm away I generally just eat Italian type of foods. If I want help with my diet, British Triathlon have a nutritionist I can access.

RC: Are you conscious of eating certain types of foods after a training session?

MB: On intense training days, when we have hard run or bike sessions, I make sure I have plenty of protein, normally a protein shake (proto-col) straight after the ride and a chicken dinner in the evening.

RC: Do you use supplements in your daily nutrition or at races?

MB: The only supplements I currently use is caffeine, which is in my race gels. I've tried multi vitamins and vitamin D in the past, but I'm good at keeping a balanced diet and find getting out in the sun tends to be enough.

Professional Triathlete Mark Buckingham Diet

RC: On race day what's your typical nutrition plan?

MB: Cereal, peanut butter/jam on toast with banana and a coffee. I will then have two gels and a carb drink on the bike.

RC: What nutrition do you use to aid recovery, post races or hard sessions?

MB: A scoop of progold protein powder and milk is what I use 3-4 times a week. If I don't have any powder you can pretty much get hold of a pint of milk wherever you are in the world.

RC: Is nutrition/hydration essential to maximising performance?

MB: It's very important to keep hydrated (see below). I can tell when I'm not properly hydrated before a session and it really has an effect on your performance.

Mark Buckingham keeping hydrated

Follow Mark on Twitter @TriBucko or visit his website www.markbuckingham.co.ukto keep up to date with his progress.

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