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,
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Coach Al Lyman and Dr. Kurt Strecker here discussing the challenges associated with staying healthy while traveling, especially to your races.
Long flights and drives require staying hydrated, maintaining good posture, and taking frequent breaks. Airplanes in particular can be hard on the body, so implementing some easy techniques can make all the difference. Low back and neck supports can be as simple as a strategically placed rolled sweatshirt, and they can minimize the post-travel aches and pains. Once you’ve reached your destination, doing some basic mobility and stability work can help you start your race feeling fresh.
Tune into the full podcast for all the tips and techniques!
Coach Al and Kurt
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I've received a few questions recently from triathletes, runners, and cyclists about racing, and how to approach those efforts. It's a good time to review some basics about prioritizing races, how to approach each event, and how to think about your goals, and determine your focus.
Get back to me with any questions, and I'll be happy to go more in depth on any issues you may have.
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