Respect Your Hill
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes: 2007 Colnago CLX Carbon, 2 Cannondale R2000Si's (road), 1 Trek (road), 1 Cannondale (Mtn)
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I believe that what you are asking about is geared towards people trying to lose weight and tend to eat too much late at night when the metabolism slows down - therefore the calories are more likely to be converted to fat. For the most part, the body is not digesting food and we don't need extra energy to sleep.
It sounds like you have a different case. If you are racing at night, your body needs to be replenished or your performance is likely to suffer next time. Just think of properly rehydrating and restoring your body as you would after a race at any other time of day. Of course, it is better to refuel quickly after your race while your metabolism is screaming rather than waiting until you get home (unless you are close by). Just don't go home and eat a dozen donuts and 3 McDOnalds Big Macs then go to sleep. Eat to replace what you burned - healthy, nutritious foods.