Nutrition Advice

From GU - Your Triathlon Nutrition Training Partner


GU Energy Labs is proud to be the Official Nutrition Partner of the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Our GU Energy Gels will be available to help power you up to the finish line.  Before you start the race, here is some advice from our GU Nutrition specialists.


Planning what to eat during a race can be overwhelming. With so many variables, it’s hard to determine what the “right” answer is for you. When deciding what to eat and drink, we think it’s helpful to break it down by looking at the nutrients your body needs. A successful nutrition plan takes into account the amount of calories your system can handle in an hour, and it should also factor in your body’s need for electrolytes, amino acids, water, and protein.


When thinking about your nutritional need for a race or training session, it’s important to remember that everyone is different and every day is different. For example, body size, air temperature, activity type, intensity, and personal preference will all GU sports nutritional products are designed to provide athletes with the necessary carbohydrate, electrolyte and amino acid requirements to fuel their endurance exercise endeavors. That’s why GU has products are designed to be mixed and matched and can be planned using the GU Nutrition Planner online HERE.


The products are developed to supplement the body’s ability to provide glycogen which the muscles use as energy to sustain workouts, both at intensity and for long exercises. The addition of electrolytes provides a convenient source of salts and minerals to replenish those key electrolytes lost through sweat.


How To Use GU to Energise, Sustain and Recover Energy:

  • Top off your energy stores by taking one packet of GU 15 minutes before exercise, preferably on an empty stomach for fastest absorption
  • For sustained energy consume one packet of GU every 35-45 minutes during exercise, washing it down with a few mouthfuls of water or GU Electrolyte Brew to speed absorption.
  • Speed recovery and reduce post-exercise fatigue by eating one packet of GU within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. This takes advantage of the post-exercise time window when your body replenishes lost glycogen