How Pro Triathlete Ben Hoffman Developed His Winning Nutrition Routine

How Pro Triathlete Ben Hoffman Developed His Winning Nutrition Routine

Guest Author: Ben Hoffman, SaltStick-sponsored athlete and 8-time Ironman Winner. The process of dialing in my nutrition for Ironman racing has been a long one, and something that continues to evolve each season as I learn and experiment. Looking back to my earliest days in the sport, I had virtually no idea how to best fuel my efforts, so I constantly tested new ideas in training and racing. I can remember very clearly that during one of my first Ironmans in 2010, I even took a couple of candy bars onboard during the bike leg! It really was a scattershot approach with varied outcomes, the recurring theme being GI distress at some point in the marathon. I knew I needed to optimize my strategy, but I was unsure where to turn, and frankly, I was embarrassed to ask for help. After all, I was a professional, and my pride and ego initially prevented...
Joseph Havey - Aug 16, 2022
It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

Exercising in the heat requires extra mental and physical stamina, as well as a different approach to training and nutrition. In general, there are two kinds of heat: dry heat, in which relative humidity levels are at or below 40%, and humid heat, in which relative humidity levels are above 40% and can reach (rarely) 100%. Your body will respond differently to the heat depending on the temperature and the relative humidity, and it is important to account for this when training or racing in the summer.  Dry Heat: Dry heat occurs when there is low humidity, which measures water vapor content in the air. Rainfall contributes to humidity levels, so areas with very little rainfall or a desert climate (like St. George, Utah, which hosts the North American U.S. Pro 70.3 Championships) are prone to dry heat. Often, dry heat does not “feel” as hot as humid heat because...
SaltStick - Jul 20, 2022
Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

Special Hydration Practices for High-Altitude Training

Many elite endurance athletes spend some portion of their training calendar living in high-altitude cities such as Boulder, Colorado, or Flagstaff, Arizona, to acclimate their bodies for a high-altitude event (such as the Western States 100, for example, which exceeds 8,700 feet or 2,650 meters in some places) or to improve performance when they compete back at sea level. The concentration of oxygen in the air at high altitude is lower than at sea level, and in response, the body acquires more red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles. When the athlete returns to sea level, the additional oxygen available in the blood cells will give a boost to the muscles and to the athlete’s performance. This adaptation is maintained for a few days to a few weeks. As with any physical adaptation, high-altitude training is taxing on the human body. If you plan to train or race at...
Joseph Havey - Jun 23, 2022
How to Decrease Your Triathlon Time by 26 Minutes

How to Decrease Your Triathlon Time by 26 Minutes

This article was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in June 2022. Open any endurance sports magazine, and you’ll see advertisements for products claiming to make you faster, stronger or have better endurance. It can be enticing, but when reading these assertions, it is important to examine the science behind them. Here at SaltStick, we deliver the facts behind our claims. So when we say that SaltStick can help increase performance, we can back it up with a study from Spain, which found that salt supplementation via SaltStick Caps improved triathletes’ medium-distance race times by an average of 26 minutes! What is particularly compelling about these results is that many of these athletes were already consuming sports drinks, but it was the addition of the SaltStick Caps to their nutrition routine that made the difference in their performance. As any triathlete worth their salt (pun intended!) knows, 26 minutes in a race is a...
SaltStick - Jun 06, 2022
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