If you’re travelling long distance to your event, especially if it’s on an aeroplane, you need to be organised with your nutrition, or you could just find yourself eating anything and everything! Take plenty of fresh fruit – the kind that will travel well and some convenient foods with good levels of protein and carbohydrate. There are some great high protein snack bar options available these days, but just make sure the products you choose don’t contain too much fat, because it seems like the word ‘protein’ is waved around liberally these days and is a licence for manufacturers to cram their products full of nuts. Nuts are fine as part of a balanced diet, but could easily deliver excessive calories if over consumed. Take a look at our TORQ Recovery Bar and consider this as an option. Don’t be put off by the word ‘recovery’ – it’s a great high protein cold-pressed snack bar and very low in fat. A meat based sandwich will have 20-25g of protein in, so don’t just rely on pre-packaged bars, however bars are incredibly handy if you need the convenience. TORQ Recovery Bars have a little under 20g of protein per bar, so grazing on one and a half bars at a couple of points during your travel (3 bars total) will give you 2 doses of the protein you need as well as providing a solid delivery of carbohydrate.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water whilst you’re travelling too – the whole process is tiring and air conditioning systems on airlines suck the moisture from your body. Consuming plenty of fresh fruit, water and sticking to a simple nutritional protocol will see you arrive at your destination far less fatigued than you would otherwise be. That said, due to the fact that travel can be so exhausting, we strongly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and acclimatise. If your event starts on a Saturday for instance, you should really be aiming to travel on Thursday at the latest. The day before the event should be left clear to do some pre-race drills, stretching, relaxing and of course to carbohydrate load.