Triathlon WA – Triathlon Excellence Program
Congratulations to Jessica Claxton on recently winning the Junior Women’s Race at the ASTC Asian Cup Triathlon in Singapore. Jessica had a fantastic year of competition including winning the Oceania Junior Championships in New Zealand and the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships in Hervey Bay. These performances have placed her second overall in the National Junior Series and contributed to her winning the 2015–16 Triathlon WA Triathlon Excellence Program athlete of the year.
The Triathlon Excellence Program, or TEP is Triathlon WA’s junior development program which was established to enable Triathlon WA to achieve its vision of ‘Sustained international success through the provision of an effective and efficient athlete pathway’. The TEP program is designed to move athletes through this pathway by developing their skills to enable them to achieve both their performance potential as well as develop a lifelong affinity with the sport.
Aqualyte is proud to be supporting this program and helping exciting emerging athletes such as Jessica in their training and competition.
HYPOTONIC, Isotonic & Hypertonic
The more ingredients that are added into a solution (electrolytes, sugar, vitamins, minerals etc), the thicker it’s concentration becomes and the slower it is absorbed into the body.
Osmolality is a measurement of a fluids concentration which is represented by the number of solutes per volume of fluid. The osmolality of the blood and body fluids is approximately 290 mOsmol/L.
- Hypertonic solutions have an osmolality higher than the body (> 300 mOsmol/l)
- Isotonic solutions have an osmolality similar to the body (= 290 mOsmol/l)
- Hypotonic solutions have an osmolality lower than the body (< 280 mOsmol/l) which actively promotes fluid absorption.
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There are 4 key benefits of an electrolyte solution over plain water. These are palatability or taste, absorption rate, energy and electrolyte balance.
There is a great study that showed that people will voluntarily dehydrate when working in the desert when provided with only water. A drink with taste will encourage people to drink more fluid than plain water thereby helping to prevent dehydration. Read more ›