11 June 2010

Food Friday - eating on race day.

Today's Food Friday post isn't about a particular food item, it's more of a cautionary tale.

Tomorrow is the Tour de Cure, a charity ride benefiting the American Diabetes Association. I have done this century for the past 5 years, and look forward to this ride every year. (There is still time to contribute to my cause, if you would like... any amount will be greatly appreciated, and will go towards Diabetes education and research here in Utah. just click on THIS LINK)

My post today isn't about a new food item. In fact, just the opposite.

Race day, or the day of the big century isn't the time to try out new on the bike nutritional items. You don't want to be in the middle of a race, or at mile 60 of a century when you discover that that new gel, nutrition bar, or hydration drink doesn't agree with you. Results could be disastrous.

Use your training rides to see how changes in your on-the-bike eating and hydration will affect you.

Also, don't treat the rest stops at a fully supported century as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Yes, there is a lot of food on the table, and yes, you did pay your registration fee so you could be "fully supported" but again, you don't want troubles down in the abdominal region later in the ride because your body is trying to digest while also trying to provide the energy to keep the legs spinning.

Enjoy the ride.

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