What to Eat Before Your Workout According to this Triathlon Winner


She had never done this before. She had never even been to this city. Sure, she put in the hours training for this, but that was a few hundred miles away at lower altitude.

To make matters worse, the gun shot was just a few minutes away and her gear—the very gear designed to prevent her from drowning—was malfunctioning.

Cue the nerves.

Becky Derr, a 28-year-old Denver resident, recently found herself in this situation.  It was her first triathlon.  A fierce competitor, though, she wasn’t going to let anything slow her down. Not a malfunctioning wetsuit, not the altitude in Steamboat Springs, and definitely not an inadequate pre-race snack.

Becky went on to win her division that day. Impressed and inspired, we sat down with her to get the scoop on how she fueled herself to victory. Even if you don’t plan on ever participating in a triathlon, Becky’s insights and tips can help you get the most out of your next workout.

For starters, what foods do you avoid before your workouts? 

Bars with artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols make me feel gut-rut (they sit heavy in my stomach during my workout) and gross.  Finding energy bars without added sugars and other junk is hard, but it’s important not to settle with one just because it’s there.

So, what’s the alternative?

There are a few. I like Unwrapp’d because it doesn’t have any added, refined sugar which leaves me feeling good after eating it. 

Why did you choose Unwrapp’d to fuel you before and during your triathlon?

I could control the amount I ate beforehand. I didn’t want to eat too much before my race and feel full or get a side ache.  Since Unwrapp’d comes in small bites, I didn’t have to commit to an entire bar and I could eat the exact amount I wanted to keep me feeling good throughout the race. 

How did your race go?

I felt energized and strong throughout my entire race.  And I won my division! 

Congratulations!  What did you do after your race? 

I ate some more Unwrapp’d, of course!  I always crave it post-workout because the dates and healthy carbs help me recover quickly.  Plus, it was a treat to myself for finishing! 


You heard it from Becky, Unwrapp’d can be a great addition to your pre- and post-workout routine. Here’s some more information to help you optimize your next workout snack:     

Pre-workout: carbohydrates that contain fiber, especially when paired with protein and/or fat, are digested slower, meaning you’ll have fuel for a longer amount of time.  Unwrapp’d pairs whole foods carbs (dates) with healthy fats and protein (nuts and seeds).  You can also mix in your protein powder of choice!  

Post-workout: protein helps repair muscles and carbohydrates replenish energy stores.

The bottom line: make a date with dates!  They’re a great carb choice as they contain vitamins and minerals that help your body process carbohydrates, unlike refined sugars which use up your body’s nutrient stores.  

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