At Full Throttle we have our members competition coming up so this post is extremely relevant to all of our members. During competition, it is extremely important to make sure that you are properly fuelling yourself and timing your food to perform to the best of your abilities. Here are some tips and tricks for competition day:
1) Eating Habits: Just because it is competition day doesn’t mean you should be putting foreign foods into your body. This may cause you to feel differently or worse, upset your stomach. Try to eat the same foods you normally do just in different portions and timing as described below.
2) Timing: Listen to your body when it tells you to eat. Before the competition, eat roughly 1-1.5 hours in advance depending on how fast you can digest. If you are hungry during or on breaks, eat something small so you can curb the hunger but not slow you down. On longer breaks, have a reduced version of your typical meal. On short breaks, eat 1-2 small snacks listed below.
You want to think about just eating enough to get you through competing. When you are done, then you can stuff your face if you want!
3) Snacks: Some ideas for easily digestible snacks include fruit, baby food, granola bars, loose cereal or granola, shakes, gatorade. These are all easily digestible and can hold your hunger over until competition is over.