I’ve seen it happen so often over the years – you’ve trained hard for weeks and months, doing everything you can to be ready to have a great race. And then your stomach goes south – at the worst possible time during the race. It sucks when that happens. There’s nothing more frustrating.
Gastrointestinal intestinal (GI) distress has ruined more than a few race days for some otherwise very fit, very prepared athletes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fit you are…if you are having GI issues, you know? You can’t race to the max if you’re sick, nauseous, or vomiting.
The first step in fixing problems is to accept that most races are, first and foremost, “eating and drinking contests.”
It matters what you eat before a race…
I shot a 10-minute video (with a somewhat gross demo – sorry!) to discuss what I see is perhaps the most common mistake a triathlete or runner can make with their pre-race meal. Click on my picture to the left to check it out.
What are some of the important take home messages?
* Eat your pre-race meal at least 3 hours before race start.
* Make sure you eat simple, easily digestible foods which you’ve practiced eating prior to training sessions.
* Avoid taking in any calories between the meal and the start of the race. (Do continue to hydrate).
* Less is more – be kind to your stomach.
If you’re racing this weekend, good luck and have fun! (And eat early and light!) 🙂
Train (and eat) smart!
To your success,