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    Pre Race and Race Day Nutrition

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    With race season (Olympic and 70.3 distance triathlons) fast approaching, I have started to think about my pre race meals. I have been following the PB since January of this year and definitely plan on continuing to do so. However, my pre race meal of chicken pad thai for dinner with a peanut butter bagel for breakfast probably wonít sit too well with the stomach these days.

    I was thinking about a big salad with chicken and sweet yam the night before. For the morning of race day, I would eat another yam with eggs and avocado.

    What have other people done in the past for their pre race meals? Also, since I donít really want to eat PowerBars anymore during the 70.3 race, what have people done for calorie intake during the race?
    Thanks!!

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    I don't run that long, but I like larabars & dates for when I run 10+ miles. Also I love 50/50 coconut water & regular water mixed. Loaded with plenty of potassium & electrolytes.
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    for my short xc mtb races (< 2hrs), if i can, ie race is close to home, i eat 3 scrambled eggs w/ spinach & mushroom & maybe a small bit of mild breakfast sausage. And coffee. I eat that about 3 hrs before the race.

    Your pre-race breakfast sounds good to me. I might try something like that for "away" races where i can't cook the day of. Just bring pre-cooked sweet potato, boiled eggs and avocado. thanks for that idea!

    Your pre-race meal sounds good except i would have steak instead of chicken, but that's just my preference.

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    A salad the night before the race may cause some GI issues. I don't know about you, but if I eat "roughage" the night before a race, at about mile 8 of the run I feel like I'm gonna crap my pants. Sorry if that is TMI, but Triathletes can talk about GI distress whenever, wherever.

    I trained for Ironman while primal, and my pre-race dinners usually leaned toward a more easily digestible meat/potato combination. Morning of, usually larabars and/or bananas & melon and/or a sweet potato, and hardboiled eggs. During races I do use the Infinit product as I can't seem to chew & swallow solid food on the bike. While not primal at all, it works for me, and then back to primal after the race.

    Good luck!

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    My husband has a half-marathon this Saturday, his first since we went primal, and he is nervous about his pre- and post-race nutrition. I'm thinking to try and carb load him on sweet potatoes the night before, and avocado and egg day of? I'm really not sure what we should do.

    Help?

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    I ran/walked a marathon last Sunday. Didn't even really want to eat as I normally go 12-14 hours between dinner and next days meal, and the race started at 6 am. I had coffee and ate a whole avocado about 2 hours before, and ate a larabar about 1 hour before. I felt well- fueled and calm tummy.

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    So I had my first Olympic distance tri of the year, Columbia Tri with a time of 2:21:09, this past Sunday. Loaded up on two large salads on Saturday with a sweet yam for some carbs. The morning of, I went with a FRS energy drink (not primal but it gets me going and its not as potent as a coffee), 4 over hard eggs and another sweet yam. When I got to the race site, I definitely hit the porta pot lines a couple of times before my wave went off. I felt like had to go a few more than usual which is much better than having to go but not able to before the starting gun goes off. However, I want to work on some type of balance so I think I'll try to lay low on the big salads the day before. My energy levels felt great throughout the race though. So I know part of the routine is working. Maybe just stick to a decent salad for lunch, meat/yam for dinner. Same breakfast, eggs/yam/energy drink on race day. Next race is a 70.3 on June 10th. So I'll have another opportunity to perfect my pre-race routine.

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    For events lasting 5-7 hours, have y'all been able to successfully avoid having to do a 'traditional' carbo-loading in the days before the race? Thanks.
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    I'll report on my results after my race on June 10th. Doing a 70.3 IM, hoping to break 5 hours. But I don't plan on eating any pasta or rice. Sweet potato or yam for my carbs and then I'll eat some type of meat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ounce View Post
    For events lasting 5-7 hours, have y'all been able to successfully avoid having to do a 'traditional' carbo-loading in the days before the race? Thanks.

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    Carbo-loading is kind of a myth. Your muscles can't hold onto more glycogen then they can normally hold just 'cause you ate a mountain of pasta, ya know? Just eat normally, with some intentional carb/starch included in the days beofre the race and you will be fine.

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