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Old 09-08-06, 08:33 PM
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Diet tips for week leading up to a Time Trial

I have never really paid attention to diet before (I just kind of eat whatever's around) ,but I am doing a 17 mile mountain time trial 9/16

What should I be eating this week and what would you recommend eating on the day of the race?

Protein like steak and eggs or carbs like pizza /pasta. How about waffles like so many euro guys like to eat?
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pasta good, pizza bad. I try to stay away from dairy products before a race, dairy isn't very nice to me. Eat what you have been eating, pre race is no time to change and try a new routine.
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
How about waffles like so many euro guys like to eat?
funny. in my 14 years of living in europe, i've never noticed that many 'euro guys' eating waffles.

i think you've been watching the Pink Panther one too many times.
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Pizza gives me lots of energy
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I dont think your diet should change too drastically the week before a race. If anything, just eat a bit more of what you always eat in the 2-3 days leading up to the race. Don't over do it with a big meal the night before, there is nothing that shows this helps at all. If anything, it will just make you feel bloated and lethargic at the start. Eat a solid breakfast 2-3 hours before the race consisting of oatmeal (maybe with some honey), egg white omelette, some fruit, and have a sports drink in the 30 mins before your ride. Make sure to get some high glycemic carbs after the finish asap. Drink a coke, or maybe some chocolate milk if you feel like some protein. Probably not necessary though. Good luck.
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My vote is to continue to eat the same types of food you're accustomed to. The last thing you want to do is have a big huge breakfast of oatmeal if you haven't eaten oatmeal in the last five years.

Just make sure you get a good meal (not too big, but adequate) a couple of hours before the race and bring a Snickers bar with you--or whatever other type of bar you normally eat (granola bar, fruit bar, etc)--to registration. Munch on it as needed so you don't feel hungry. You don't want to be hungry at the start--but I'm guessing the time trial won't last long enough to warrant needing to bring food along with you.

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Snickers?
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Originally Posted by skandal20
Snickers?
Sure, why not? It has carbs, a bit of protein.

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A slurpee would probably help too.
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17 Miles? Have a cookie.
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Originally Posted by curiouskid55
17 Miles? Have a cookie.
It up a mountain to 10,000 ft...
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Well , you can only metabolize what you have on board (in your stomach). So eat something (maybe a cooKie) every 30 minutes.
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A sports nutritionist told me that 4 gm/kg of carbohydrate in a meal 4 hours before the event is ideal. For me, that came out to 370g of carbs. I tried it once and almost puked.

That's a lotta damn food. I eat a smaller meal and drink Accelerade up until race time.

+1 for GU or something to keep the energy up every 30 min.
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I just baked up a cookie sheet of TollHouse mini cookies, and ate 'em all. I feel fat now.

Fortunately I will be burning them all off this week.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
That's a lotta damn food. I eat a smaller meal and drink Accelerade up until race time.

+1 for GU or something to keep the energy up every 30 min.
how long are your races? That also sounds like a lot of food/calories.

to give you an idea as to how much/when i eat before a race, for my saturday races (start at 1 PM, race for 1 hour + 6 laps which usually means racing for 1:25) i'll eat a bowl of muselie around 10-11 AM, with lots of coffee and some juice.

that's all i eat until after the race.

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This should be a sub 2 hour effort, so its really about stored muscle glycogen. Eat your usual, hopefully healthy diet, and you should be fine. Eat a serving of carbs within 15 minutes of your ride the day before.
GU or a sports drink just before and during the event wouldn't be a bad idea, but given the length really isn't necessary. Personally, I'd probably do a GU right after my warm up, just before my start time.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
This should be a sub 2 hour effort, so its really about stored muscle glycogen. Eat your usual, hopefully healthy diet, and you should be fine. Eat a serving of carbs within 15 minutes of your ride the day before.
GU or a sports drink just before and during the event wouldn't be a bad idea, but given the length really isn't necessary. Personally, I'd probably do a GU right after my warm up, just before my start time.

Sorry. What's GU?
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Sorry. What's GU?
http://www.gusports.com/
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the double expresso is really tasty. like a condensed version of a coffee milkshake
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