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 How a World-Class Triathlete Eats
ISPO-MUNICH | 05.02.2017

Professional triathlete at ISPO MUNICH 2017

How Andreas Raelert Aims to Win the Ironman World Championship

How a World-Class Triathlete Eats. Andreas Raelert and Corinne Mäder-Reinhard at ISPO MUNICH 2017.
Andreas Raelert and Corinne Mäder-Reinhard at ISPO MUNICH 2017.
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Andreas Raelert has been a world class triathlete for more than 20 years. He’s a European champion in middle distance and a multiple Ironman winner. But he still has one more athletic goal: Raelert wants to become Ironman World Champion in Hawaii in October.

Every percentage, every improvement in preparation can be crucial to success. “That is why part of that is me attending ISPO MUNICH 2017 and getting a look at the latest products,” he said at a panel discussion on the ISPO MUNICH 2017 Health and Fitness stage in hall B4.

Part of the preparation is constantly adapting and optimizing training methods, and staying informed on new products like treadmills and sports apparel. What’s also key to training success, however, is the right nutrition during the regeneration phases, especially the supply of protein after strength-sapping training units, said the 40-year-old.

High-quality proteins are the main thing

Because: “Proteins determine the build, function, and metabolism of all tissue. Protein isn’t just important for muscle growth, but also for preserving the bones,” said Corinne Mäder-Reinhard. She’s the Senior Sports Nutrition Manager at Active Nutrition International GmbH, who has supported Andreas Raelert for several years.

Every person needs to absorb a part of these essential proteins, the essential amino acids, through food – but athletes especially. “The main thing is that you introduce high-quality proteins after strength-sapping units,” emphasized Mäder-Reinhard.

Protein shakes and protein bars for regeneration

The fundamental rule: “Everyone should take in one to two grams of protein per kilogram of body weight after long units. For me, that’s always 60 to 70 grams,” Raelert reveals. Protein shakes and protein bars alone aren’t enough. “Just focusing on sports nutrition products won’t work. Your basic nutrition has to fit,” Mäder-Reinhard emphasized.

“That is why I eat meat two to three times a week and fish one time a week,” Raelert added. They can also be one of many components that he could use to fulfill his World Championship dream in October. “My faith in that is unwavering.” 

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