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Old 05-21-2009, 01:36 PM   #1
Sarah Cruz
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Pre-Game Carb Load Myth?

hey all-

is carb-loading the night before a game a myth?
i play roller derby and our bouts are intense, to say the least. in any given jam, we're hitting, sprinting, quick-stopping, dodging, squatting, and just plain kicking ***.
i want to make sure to get the most mental and physical energy possible from my pre-game nutrition.

Any nutritional tips or pointers you can offer would be awesome!!

Here's what my pre-game meals look like:

Night before - pizza or pasta
Morning of - toast and peanut butter, water
Lunch - Subway-style sandwich, water
1-2 hours before bout - some type of protein bar to tide me over till after the bout, more water
7pm Bout
During bout - Propel water (something with electrolytes)

i've looked around on the nutrition boards a bit...but would love to learn more.
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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Re: Pre-Game Carb Load Myth?

Carb-loading is great if you want an energy rush that lasts about 30 minutes then makes you crash. Judging by your current diet you aren't at all familiar with Zone or Paleo eating--either of those or a combination of the two will give you more sustained energy in addition to about a hundred other health benefits. Read up on the CF FAQs and the rest of the Nutrition board for information on getting started with them.
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Re: Pre-Game Carb Load Myth?

umm... actually 'carb - loading' is done to fill up the glycogen stores in the body to their peak (ideally). Therefore when it comes time for your body to need to revert to muscle glycogen for fuel, the stores are topped up.

Other, knowlegeble people please chime in and correct me if necessary.

Sarah, I am not familiar with RD, how long does this 'bout' last for? is it an endurance activity?
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:54 PM   #4
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Re: Pre-Game Carb Load Myth?

If you're working out the day before a comp then sure if you need to glycogen reload... but its best done RIGHT AFTER the event.

Trying to reload glycogen afterwards is going to have your body store most of the carbs as fat... both the day of and the night before unless the workout was close to the period within which you ate.

BUT if you're doing a workout a day before the comp that you need to glycogen reload from... then you're probably not going to do that well during the comp anyway no matter what you do....
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:58 PM   #5
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Re: Pre-Game Carb Load Myth?

our style of derby is played in 2 30-minute periods. We have as many 2-minute jams as can fit in the period. i skate in every other jam (unless i'm in the penalty box!) i'm not sure if that's considered endurance in that i'm usually skating for 2 minutes, then on the bench for 2 minutes.

sometimes we skate the night before a bout, and sometimes we don't.

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