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Tip: Offseason Nutrition

By Bob Seebohar | March 09, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

If you are in your prep/base season of training right now and are not doing much volume or intensity, remember that you do not need to use sports nutrition products at all.

Yes, this is a very bold statement, but it absolutely holds true for this time of the year.

For any exercise less than 2.5-3 hours, stick with water and maybe electrolytes and simply focus your efforts on eating a snack before and after training.

Now is the time of the year to teach your body to become more metabolically efficient in using its internal fat stores and the best way to do this is to use sports nutrition supplements when they are needed – that is during higher volume and intensity training cycles, not when you just begin training again after the offseason.

Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS is a sport dietitian and elite triathlon coach.  He traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympics as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Dietitian and the personal Sport Dietitian for the 2008 Olympic Triathlon Team.  He is also Sarah Haskins' personal coach and was a performance team member (sport dietitian and strength coach) for Susan Williams, 2004 Olympic Triathlon Bronze Medalist.

Bob's book, Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes: Taking Sports Nutrition to the Next Levelwill provide triathletes of all levels education on how to structure their nutrition program based on their exercise program. For more information, visit or contact Bob at