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Old 09-28-2006, 10:32 AM   #1
Parker Gates
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I am curious what some of you eat before races/competitions/fights. Not only right before an event but the night before as well. I'm in my first mt triathlon this weekend and I know a lot of people claim carb loading is the way to go but that seems to differ from the info I get around here. Did some searches and didn't find anything very clear in past threads.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:59 AM   #2
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I feel for long distant events you need absolutely need carbs. Scott Jurek is the best ultra long distant runners in the country, maybe the world. He doesn't do it on fat and animal products, he does it on carbs. It seems to be working for him. He may not be able to bench press twice his body weight but I doubt if anybody on this board could beat him in a distance run!
http://www.organicathlete.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=295&Item id=221
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:25 AM   #3
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I don't know what an "mt triathlon" is but I have done many endurance events including triathlons and marathons.

I did "carb-loading" once back when it was popular in the '80's. I found that the "carb-loading" did nothing for me.

I eat a normal dinner the night before the competition and a normal breakfast the day of the competition.

IMO if you've been feeding your body correctly during your training your diet does not need to change when you compete.

"practice as if it were the race and when it comes race time your performance will be great." my high school track coach

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Old 09-28-2006, 12:05 PM   #4
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mt= mountain. Canoe + mountain bike + trail run.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:07 PM   #5
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Parker..sounds like an adventure race, which I have done.

I've done the "carb loading" which may or may not help depending on your muscle glycogen stores. But it also will depend on your fitness level, whether your metabolism burns more fat or carbs, the length of the race, the intensity of the events and so forth. Most long adventure races I have done, I really didnt change up my diet that much. Plus the races are not at "sprinting" level...at least not for ones like 6...8...12 hours...so my main fuel was a balance of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs (easiest was almond butter on wheatcrakers...easy to carry) during the race...since you will have time to refuel the body. If you go the simple sugar carb route (gatorade, powergels) then you better have alot of those because once you turn on the carb metabolism you will not be burning fat as the main fuel..and your blood sugar will drop if you do not keep throwing simple sugars in...hence not the way to go in my book for longer events. Remember that if you have full muscle glycogen stores it should get you through the periods of the race...again all depends on the length.

Again, it all depends on your metabolism. If you have enough time before a race, try and get the metabolism to a fat burning. It takes weeks...and your performance goes down temporarily but will come back stronger and I found way more endurance for the longer events..

Hope that was not at all confusing...
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