Achieving maximum performance involves stressing your body followed by resting, recovering and rebuilding in order to become stronger.
We all know the old saying about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just think about the last time you went for a long bike ride on an empty stomach. You may have felt fine for the first 90 minutes or so, but chances are you started to feel sluggish and tired shortly thereafter. While this can be an effective way to train the body to efficiently burn fat during a base period (for example), it is not recommended when preparing for a race.
Macro nutrients (carbs, protein & fats) and micro nutrients (minerals, vitamins and electrolytes) are sources of energy needed to do the work that stresses your body. If you don’t have the correct amount, and taken at the right time, then it’s impossible to achieve your maximum performance.
Therefore, feeding your body properly before you race (or a training workout that is similar to a race for that matter) is extremely important.
Here is an example of what my pre-race breakfast can look like.
After waking up but before breakfast:
2-3 hours before the race (driving to the race):
Staying on top of feeding your body with the right nutrients and fluids at the right time is an athlete’s responsibility. Keep an eye on this blog for upcoming posts on nutrition during and after races or hard training rides.
Like most things in life, what you put in is what you get out.
Vegetables (your choice)
Milk (2-3 oz.)
Olive or Coconut Oil (tsp.)