Question isn’t for me. My wife finished her first sprint tri yesterday, which was quite a feat considering the abnormally high heat for the northeast and her relative lack of training (I can’t expect everyone to be as OCD about training as I am!). As an aside, I’m kicking myself for not signing up for a duathlon which I might have been pretty competitive in doing.
Anyhow, she took an SIS gel with her. I had said to her, as well as one of the race organizers giving a brief clinic to newbies, that we should have more than enough onboard to not need to fuel for a sprint event. However, she felt like she could have used another gel at some point. Which got me thinking, do people with lower thresholds go through carbs more quickly because they are more likely to go threshold or over in a race scenario? Or is it that newer people with less training are confusing muscle fatigue from lack of conditioning with needing to take on additional fuel?