Meet our latest Featured triathlete, Whitney Larkin, who is only 16 years old but has already achieved a huge amount since starting triathlons in 2011 and is now a Junior GB Athlete. Whitney had a competitive swimming background when she started triathlons but hadn’t cycled or ran which makes her success all the more impressive!
What makes a Junior GB Athlete?
Whitney mainly participates in sprint distance triathlons which include a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. She has recently finished her first year with the Triathlon England Yorkshire & Humberside Region Talent Academy and was placed onto the GB Academy in October 2012 (a year after she started triathlons!). She has taken part in the British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series Events in 2013, including the Nottingham Triathlon where she qualified for the ITU World Sprint Triathlon Championships.
In June 2013 at the Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships, Whitney ranked 5th in the Under 20’s category and 2nd in the Youth category. At the Brat Sprint Triathlon in August 2013 she placed 1st for Youth and 2nd as overall female. These are only to name a few of her successes!
Pushing for even more impressive results!
Whitney has recently received sponsorship from Bulk Powders and now feels she has every area of her performance under control and can achieve even more impressive results. “I wanted to improve my performance and increase my training sessions but was worried I wasn’t getting the proper nutrition for the amount of training I did. By getting sponsorship from BULK POWDERS™ and the support and advice given to me by them, staying fit and well whilst training hard to achieve my goals is no longer a worry for me. I know I’m in good hands and I feel it as well.”
Competing at such a high level means Whitney requires her body to consistently perform so her sports nutrition needs to meet her requirements and she has to train for at least an hour every day; swimming, running and cycling as well as strength and conditioning sessions. Although Whitney’s training regime is demanding, she has clear goals that focus towards her racing whilst finding the right balance of training.
Supplementation and nutrition
To take Whitney’s performance to the next level her diet has been analysed and then refined to maximise her training by performance nutritionist, Alison Hedley. “Whitney’s nutrition goals are created around her training, making her able to train and race at her best. Above all, Whitney needs calories for her age and huge energy expenditure.”
All endurance athletes should aim to eat 3/5 meals a day, depending on training intensity. Main focus should be on consuming a well-balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein and fat. In addition, endurance athletes like Whitney should consume fast absorbing carbohydrates such pre, during and post exercise. This will rapidly fuel muscles as well as replenishing glycogen stores post exercise too.
She takes protein should post exercise to assist with recovery. Hydration is the final big area for endurance athletes due to factors such as intensity, duration and weather conditions, which all affect our rate of sweating. Maintaining hydration all day is key whilst consuming a drink containing electrolytes.
At present Whitney supplements her diet with BULK POWDERS™ Maltodextrin, Complete Protein Blend™, Complete Hydration, Instant BCAA Powder, Complete Multivitamin Complex™, Omega-3 Fish Oil and Peanut Butter. Since taking these supplements Whitney has noticed a difference in her performance, “I have increased my training recently and feel that by eating correctly and following the advice I’ve received from Bulk Powders on their nutritional supplements I have seen a big difference in a short space of time and feel better than ever!”
We’re sure that Whitney has a lot more success to achieve in her triathlon career having got off to such a great start and we wish her all the best on her triathlon journey.
If you’d like to look at what supplements Whitney uses then check out bulk powders here.
Have you got a triathlon story to share? Want to give others triathlon inspiration, advice, tips etc then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to feature you!