Angela Moore MS, RD, CLT, owner of FitLife of Colorado, has a master's degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. She thoughtfully crafted the following nutritional recommendations for Alley Loop race participants.
What to eat, what not to eat? When to eat and how much to eat? Should I drink energy replacement fluids during a race or just water? These are some of the questions elite and even “weekend” athletes ask themselves when heading into a competitive event. For us “Alley Loopers”, this event is right around the corner….so let’s be prepared!
Did you know, that most athletes experience some type of gastrointestinal distress at one time or another in training and competition? This leads some individuals to restrict food and eat very little or at all before and during a race. Unfortunately, restricting food will not fix the problem. Like training your muscles, you need to train your system to use and tolerate food and water. You need to fuel wisely to perform optimally!
Whether you are an elite athlete or someone who enjoys an occasional weekend race and an opportunity to push yourself, there are some important guidelines to keep in mind when selecting pre-race foods and beverages:
All race-day eating plans are not created equal—it depends on your distance. Here’s an overview for eating for success from racer and Boulder Nordic Sports owner Nathan Schultz.