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The Macros of Endurance Athletes

OK, so I was taking practice CSCS tests for fun (sorta) and I got:

What is the MINIMUM amount of carbohydrates that a 132-pound (60-kg)competitive Olympic triathlete should consume on a daily basis?

As a question. I know the answer is 480 because the formula they are looking for us 60kg * 8 carbs per kg. However, for the same athlete, what are their formulas for fats and proteins? I know its highly controversial blah blah blah but I’m sure theres an answer as far as the NSCA is concerned. I’ve been googling this for an hour and I can’t find it, and I have no idea what books would provide the answer (I’m not going for my CSCS [any time soon], I’m just curious about the accepted macro profile for an endurance athlete). Pardon my ignorance, but I have a feeling I’m using all the wrong key words which is why I can’t find the darn information.

Edit: so far the only numbers I have are between 6 and 8 carbs per kg and between 1.2 and 1.8g protein per kg… fats leave me baffled as all I get is “less than 30% of daily calorie intake”

This might be helpful:

The 70% thing helps me understand how out of a 3000 calorie diet I’m currently seeing around 1800 to 2000 of it coming from carb sources. This isn’t for me, I’m just trying to figure out what numbers I should be multiplying to get NSCA conforming plans. Not that I think they’re right or wrong, I’m just curious and I have no idea what book this stuff is supposed to come out of.