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Early race breakfast?Peter Krogh
Mar 11, 2002 1:11 PM
If you have an early morning race, what do you eat and when?

Say your start time is at 8:30. You're near the race, so you can sleep in until 6:45 or so. You arrive (ideally) around 7:30 and breeze through registration since you pre-registered. You have ~45 minutes to warm up. You warm up. You race.

So, to reiterate, what do you eat and when?

I personally might have a large drip coffee, a granola bar and a banana as soon as I wake up.
re: Early race breakfast?brider
Mar 11, 2002 2:41 PM
Depends on the length of your race and what you're used to. For the longer races (cat 3 or higher road race), I recommend something pretty substantial, and in your example it would be as soon as you get up (though some people don't handle food well that soon after getting up, then get up earlier). You've been fasting for 6+ hours, so don't try to do a half-assed job of fueling for a maximal effort.
re: Early race breakfast?climbo
Mar 12, 2002 6:10 AM
If that was me, I'd eat the bar and leave the rest. I think it's up to your own stomach but if I ate all that 1.5 hours before a race I'd throw it up during, or at least I'd feel horrible. I prefer to eat after if it's that close to the start time.
re: Early race breakfast?Mr Good
Mar 12, 2002 6:25 AM
conventional wisdom would have you eat at least three hours before your race, and I've found that to work for me. If start time is 8:30, you should finish breakfast at 5:30. If you eat later than that, and do a hard race, you're likely to taste your food again.

I like oatmeal with bananas and yogurt, but everyone's different. You just have to experiment to see what works.
Nope, not getting up at 5:30.shirt
Mar 12, 2002 9:34 AM
I know by now my sleep is worth way more than eating at just the right time.

Not looking for "you need to experiment" comments, either. I've been experimenting for over 20 years. I'm interested in what you guys DO.
we upgrade so we dont race at 830str8dum1
Mar 12, 2002 10:17 AM
only cat 5's or masters race that early

I do 80 events a year and maybe 1 or 2 is before 10am
not an option for somelonefrontranger
Mar 12, 2002 11:07 AM
"only cat 5's or masters race that early"

Pardon my jumping in, but women's and juniors' categories are almost always run early too. Unless it's a big enough race to do a Pro/1/2 women's category, we're also relegated to the early going. Personally I like it, as it means that in the real season (summer), we get the coolest weather, most shade and least wind.

Tips for early morning race meals:

- Simple carb takes 2 hours to digest, and any concurrent fiber will slow the digestion process significantly
- Protein takes 4 hours to digest
- Fat takes 6 hours to digest

So you obviously want to stay away from fat and most protein if you want to keep your stomach happy and don't have more than 4 hours lead time to eat.

Thus, despite my low-carb way of eating, on raceday I indulge in a small amount of easily digestible, high glycemic type of food in the early AM (bagels, hot cereal, this type of thing). A large banana, glass of OJ and half a bagel 2-3 hours before my start time works great.

This being said, everyone is different, and you have to figure out what you tolerate well. Some guys I've known can eat omelettes, sausage and pancakes shortly before they race with no detriment.
WOW there is only 53 weeks in a year- you must race everyweekend853
Mar 12, 2002 11:10 AM
double up on weekends plus tues night racesstr8dum1
Mar 12, 2002 12:03 PM
full road then CX
WOW there is only 53 weeks in a year- you must race everyweekendbrider
Mar 12, 2002 12:28 PM
Actually, 80 events isn't that far out there. Think on this -- a crit and a road race each weekend, Tuesday night road race, wednesday night track events (or road TT), Thursday night crit, Friday night track again. If each stage of a stage race is counted as an event, that REALLY jacks up the total. So the season basically goes May-August. That's 6 events per week times 16 weeks = 96 events. Take out one of the track nights, that's 80 events a year. That doesn't even include any races in Feb-April (there's a lot of road races in those weeks), or cyclocross after Labor Day (why on earth the season is basically over as of Sept 1, but begins in Feb I'll never know). So 80 events in a year isn't that much.
In that case...853
Mar 13, 2002 8:31 AM
You are right, So I should count my tuesday/wed./thursday training races as an event? I would be broke paying for 80+
events a year!
In that case...brider
Mar 13, 2002 12:55 PM
Depends on how you approach them. In my younger years, I did pretty much the schedule I outlined in the "WOW" post, and took each one of them fairly seriously (did my best in every one of them, not holding anything back for "recovery" purposes or because it wasn't the district championships). So I counted eacch one of them as an "event". You may take a different approach (as I'm sure I will when I get back to racing) and treat some of them as a hard workout, not gunning for results. I was just presenting a "for instance."
I count anything thats USCF sanctioned and CX racesstr8dum1
Mar 15, 2002 10:29 AM
as are my tues night races
re: Early race breakfast?allervite
Mar 12, 2002 7:18 PM
I would eat at 5:30. I would have oatmeal, an egg, and OJ.
I would be drinking (and peeing) a lot. After my warm up, I would have a bite of energy bar.
creamed rice from the can(good for 160k)nmjim hubbard
Mar 13, 2002 1:16 AM