What Should I Eat On Race Day?

by Dana on August 10, 2012

Dawn's Race Day Eats For Leadville MTB 100

Having the right fuel for race day is extremely important and it’s also something that isn’t as formulaic as you’d think.

Part of your training should entail workouts that allow you to determine your best nutrition options through some trial and error.

In her guest post yesterday, Dawn talked about how tried a lot of different things and which of those worked for her.

Today, I am going to share what works best for her on race day. Sing it with me now: “And it goes a little something like this…”

Race-Day Breakfast

Dawn eats cranberry, ginger oatmeal with frozen blueberries and egg whites.

Eating On The Road

Dawn plans to take in about 2000 calories in “solids” and take in 1200 calories in “liquids”. She’ll go through 2x 70oz Camelbacks of IronMan Perform/Clip 2L Drink. She mixes the two together because she the Clip 2 is not sweet and has some protein. She will probably have 4 water bottles with Nuun tabs which helps her with electrolytes. She may use the salt tabs only when she’s really sweating but if she follows the suggested intake, her body bloats too much so she proceeds with caution.

She also has some treats: “awesome” coca cola (flat) and ham and swiss sandwich on a flat sandwich roll that her pit crew (aka her brother) will have for her!

What race-day (running, riding, swimming, etc.) nutrition have you found that works best for you?

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