So I got this link for an energy expenditure calculator that is pretty neat.

For shits and giggles I punched in one of my last Full distance Triathlon races I did. That happened to be Rev3 Cedar Point Full Race Report here.

Info is as  follows (in minutes):

Swim= 63

Bike= 293

Run = 221

Race day weight was ~175#’s (maybe a little more)

Put all this into the little calculator thingy and push go and you get something like this:









So, What does that equate to?  Let’s figure this out. 

“They” say in order to burn ONE pound of FAT you have to have a calorie deficit of 3,500….. so a Full distance triathlon can burn 3lbs of fat!  not that much really if you think about it, but hey it’s only 10hrs of work….  yeah!

Where does one even THINK about getting fuel for this?  Perhaps you think you can cram down some energy Gels to replace all of this?  At ~100 cals per Powerbar Gel that would mean 105 gels OR a gel every 5.75 minutes….. that’s not going to sit well!


How about something more relateable to the “Mass” public?  (perhaps some pun intended there)

My favorite Mc’y D’s Extra Value Meal is the Double Quater Pounder with Large Fries and a Large Coke!  I feel like such a slob after consuming one of those meals, but I love them so!  How many of those meals could I eat?  Try SIX!  But wait!  I get to have TWO Oreo Cookies and Cream McFlurries as a treat too!  Good times.


Sure that’s not really the ‘best’ fuel, nor are you going to be able to process that so I suggest staying away from McD’s for your long distance triathlon Fuels.  Equally so, you aren’t going to be able to live off gels alone.  No matter how you slice it, at the end of the day you are going to be in a caloric hole! 

I’m hungry now……