Karri Cup MTB Challenge
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
Not sure what to eat or drink before, during and after the race?
Then try these nutrition tips.
Tip # 1 - Carbohydrate Loading
Tip # 2 - Food for Thought
Tip # 3 - A La Carte Menu
Tip # 4 - After the Race is Over
Tip # 5 - Diet and Hydration Basics
Loading up on carbohydrates in the build-up to race day is a common and valuable practice for athletes.
Carbo loading increases the body's store of glycogens (muscle fuel), providing additional stamina and energy during exertion. It is most beneficial to riders contesting events of greater than 90 minutes duration, such as long distance epics, multi-day cross-country races, or riders who race multiple stages on the same day.
Loading on carbohydrates is best timed for some three or four days out from a race event.
At this time your training should be tapered down to reduce the use of muscle glycogen, helping you to peak physically on race day.
Trying to squeeze in last-minute training at this time will do more harm than good, and in fact rest on the day before competition is well advised.
If your carbo loading leaves you feeling bloated, you can try reducing your fibre intake by eating white bread, rice, pasta and refined cereals like Cornflakes or Rice Bubbles.
If you still feel you want to limit your food intake, try drinking juices or sports drinks to supplement your food intake.
Karri Cup MTB Challenge 2017