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Interview Jan van Berkel

17.07.2019
PHOTO: fournie par Jan van Berkel

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Ironman athlete Jan van Berkel about his nutrition

Swiss pro triathlete Jan van Berkel is going to race Ironman Switzerland 2019, the very race he was able to win the year before. We were lucky to meet him and ask a few questions before the big day.

Jan, the first highlight of your season is about to start. How do you feel before the Ironman Switzerland?

I have been fully concentrated on this race for months now and I am very much looking forward to race. I am in a good shape. If someone wants to grab my title, he has to perform well - and deserves it.

What is special in your nutrition before a competition?

A NO-Loading with NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE2 and RED BEET VINITROX is very important for me. Also, I try to reduce the dietary fibres a bit. I increase the carbohydrates three days before the race, but not excessively.

What are the most important food aspects in a long-distance competition?

Individuality: What works for me can be completely wrong for another athlete. And flexibility: In an Ironman there are always unknown situation that throw a nutrition concept overboard. If you stay within a rigid nutrition concept, failure will be guaranteed.

Your biggest nutrition misadventure ever?

At the Inferno Triathlon I used a bottle on the bike that was a bit mouldy. Since the bike has to be parked in the transition zone the day before the race, you can't get to this transition zone on the morning of the race. So, my bottle with the COMPETITION sports drink has already turned acid. When I opened it during the race, the liquid came out like shaken champagne! I therefore stopped at a fountain in order to stay hydrated on my way up to Kleine Scheidegg.

What are your favourite SPONSER products in your everyday life?

1. WHEY PROTEIN 94: High-quality proteins are the cornerstone of my regeneration.
2. PROTEIN LOW CARB BAR Chocolate Brownie: I dip it into homemade peanut butter and get probably the healthiest «Snickers» in the world.
3. ACTIVATOR: Because sometimes there is no good coffee around and sometimes you just need a caffeine boost!

Passende Produkte

Nitroflow Performance
Nitroflow Performance Info de base
CHF CHF 35.00
  • spectre d’effets booster de NO, optimisateur de performances
  • mélange de substances nutritives basées sur des extraits de plantes fonctionnels
  • optimisation ciblée des substances nutritives en phases de haute intensité
Whey Isolate 94/ Whey Protein 94
Whey Isolate 94/ Whey Protein 94 Info de base
CHF CHF 0.00
  • Niveau de qualité le plus élevé
  • Parfait pour la constitution musculaire et pour les régimes
  • Teneur en protéines jusqu’à 90% (arôme neutre)
  • Exempt de lactose, pauvre en graisse et en glucides
Red Beet Vinitrox
Red Beet Vinitrox Info de base
CHF CHF 17.00
  • 1 shot de Red Beet contient la teneur en nitrate de 500ml de jus de betterave rouge
  • Influence positive sur les agrégations plaquettaires
  • Meilleurs tests de seuil de lactate dans les soins de la médecine sportive.
Activator
CHF CHF 0.00
  • Nouveau en deux variantes : Coffe avec 100mg de caféine et Fruitmix avec 200mg de cafféine 
  • La caféine contribue à augmenter les performances d’endurance
  • Aide et améliore la concentration (Focus)
  • Convient également comme « expresso froid » 
Protein Low Carb Bar
Protein Low Carb Bar Info de base
CHF CHF 0.00
  • Barre protéinée low carb contenant plus de 30% de protéines
  • Exclusivement avec des protéines de lait de haute qualité
  • Seulement 2 g de sucre par barre
  • Teneur élevée en fibres alimentaires, exempt de gluten
Competition
Competition Info de base
CHF CHF 0.00
  • Pour de meilleurs potentiels d’endurance et de performance
  • Sans acide et légèrement aromatisé pour une meilleure digestibilité
  • Formule multi-carb: haute densité énergétique & hypotonique
  • Exempt de lactose, de gluten, d’additifs artificiels et sans fructose libre