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Old 08-06-2007, 12:13 PM   #1
Matt DeMinico
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With the competitive speedskating season starting up about a month from now, after running into issues last season, I find myself in need of a good plan for eating during the Saturday/Sunday of competition, so I don't get worn out by the end of the day (or the end of the weekend).

Basically a typical weekend looks like this:
Saturday:
- Arrive and warmup off ice (15-30 minute warmup typically). Maybe 15-60 minutes rest available.
- On-ice warmup (10-30 minutes, usually 10-15) somewhat light, but also throwing in some sprint/max speed, and starts (which are all explosive power). Break for anywhere from 10-75 minutes, depending on when my first race is up in the schedule.
- First race, typically a 1500m heat, which usually runs about 2:30 up to 2:45 of mostly intense work. Break about 45-90 minutes.
- Second race, usually a 1500m final, same work as before. Break for lunch, usually 60-120 minutes.
- Third race, usually a 500m heat, basically a full out sprint for about 45-55 seconds, depending how fast I am this year. Break for 45-90 minutes.
- Fourth race, usually a 500m final, same as before. End of the day. Sometimes there will be a relay or special event at the end of Saturday, but not always.

Sunday:
- First race, usually a 1000m heat, about 1:35-1:45 worth of near-sprint effort. Break 45-90 minutes.
- Second race, usually a 1000m final, same as before. Break 10-90 minutes (depending on the schedule).
- Third race, usually a 3000m super final, about 5-6 minutes that starts out slow, with nobody wanting to pull the pack while everyone else drafts off their effort, and slowly builds speed, ending in a sprint.
- Occasionally they will also have a special race (sometimes a 3000m, sometimes a relay, whatever).

Occasionally it ends up being a one-day meet (all day Saturday maybe), and so we have all those same races in the day with 30-45 minutes break inbetween, and maybe 45-75 minutes for lunch. Or at a big meet, we can have a heat, semi final, and final for each of the 1500, 500, and 1000m.

Basically, the reason I go over this all in detail is to try to figure out what to bring/prepare in advance. Obviously I'm not going to be wolfing down a 1/4 lb hamburger in the middle of the day, lest I want it to sit in my tummy after lunch and make an appearance on the ice. But I do know that I need adequate protein, carb, and fat intake throughout the whole day, and I also don't want to have that grumbling/completely empty stomach feeling (not that I want it very full either)...

Right now I eat eyeball zone, with some breads, pastas, and starches. Although I try to avoid them as much as I can, we don't have a ton of money to buy vegetables for a daily basis, and limited access to fruits for the same reason.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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So, is there a question here? You seem to be set in your ways with a pretty clear picture of what works for you. You knock the Zone, don't mention Paleo, hence, why ask for advice?
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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I what? Where did I knock the zone? That's basically what I eat.

And sorry, in my rush I forgot to ask the question "What should I eat during the two days of competition?" I thought it was covered by the line "I find myself in need of a good plan for eating during the Saturday/Sunday of competition, so I don't get worn out by the end of the day (or the end of the weekend)."
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:01 AM   #4
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Hi Matt

When you have long breaks between races you should have enough time to eat real food and not gels and sports drinks. I would look to refuel straight after a race. You then have about 90 minutes to digest. maybe pasta/sweet potato with a little protein tuna or chicken.

When you have less time between races then maybe chug a isotonic drink or even try chocolate milk for a little protein.

You want to have food that easy transportable and easily digestible. I used to eat lots of dried fruit and nuts at fencing comps but noticed it gave me some GI discomfort.

I now have a solid breakfast with a good deal of protein. Something I eat regularly and know will sit well in my stomach.

I then snack on bananas in the morning. Have a zoneish lunch. Then later stages are more bananas and chocolate milk and maybe if the days drags on sports drinks. Also lots of water and a few coffees.

Hope that helps a little.

Use the early part of your season to find an eating regime that suits you. Don't go too simple carb crazy but make sure your keeping the glycogen levels ups
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:17 AM   #5
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Loren Cordain's book "The Paleo Diet for Athletes" covers eating for competition in detail. He explains what types of food and why as well as timing. It's worth a read and should more than cover your questions.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:03 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, gives me some good ideas.

Typically I can eat a small meal of real food (dinner) about an hour before I go on the ice, and be ok. But then again, last night I had chicken and rice pilaf (I try to eat some extra "simple" carbs before practices) at about 6:45, got on the ice at 8:00, and some of our harder portions were just brutal, brushed up against the leg of pukie after one of them even.
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:44 AM   #7
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Off topic matt are congratulations in order? Is the fetus now a baby? Or is a confused father to be just misreading your avatars.

Back on topic. Coach Gordo has some good stuff at http://www.coachgordo.com/gtips/index.html w/f safe.

Ger
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:05 PM   #8
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Yes thanks :-) Well actually, that's a picture of our now 3 1/2 year old daughter. But yes, even back when she came into existence at the moment of conception, yeah, she was a baby back then. A baby human being, just wouldn't make an appearance for 9 months.

Now, no offense, but if someone else wants to call their unborn baby human being a "fetus" during one stage of development to disguise the fact that it's a human being so they can feel better about chopping it to pieces and murdering it... well... I'll stop now, before I go into politics.

And thanks for the link, it looks like some good stuff I'll have to look into in more detail.

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