I enjoy eating a clean and healthy diet and try to eat organic whenever possible. My diet consists of a lot of salad and vegetables with good sources of protein including fish, chicken and tofu, diary and low GI carbohydrates such as rice, porridge and starchy vegetables, I prefer sweet potatoes.
Prior to a big race event I find my stomach becomes unsettled with the nervous energy that I experience and it is important that I don’t aggravate this by eating foods that are too rich or contain creamy sauces. I tend to keep my diet very plain, simple and consistent, consuming clean healthy food which is easy to digest.
The day before the race I will have porridge with fresh fruit, preferably berries and some yogurt at breakfast. My mid morning snack is generally a couple of savory SunRice cakes with avocado, tomatoes and spinach. Lunch would be tuna, rice and salad that is quick and easy to prepare. Afternoon tea consists of banana with sweet SunRice cakes and a coffee. Dinner is lots of green vegetables, sweet potatoes and steamed chicken.
The morning of the race I generally eat porridge as I find this doesn’t upset my digestion. The types of snacks I take to the meet would be raw nuts, seeds and dried fruit, banana, sweet SunRice cakes and plenty of fluids to replace electrolytes and water.
Along with my pre packed snacks I also pack in shakes and gels to aid recovery. It is important to include a good source of carbohydrates which is quickly absorbed before a race. I prefer the Endura gels which I consume right after my pre-race warm up, generally 30 – 45 minutes before I race. After the race I usually consume a banana or energy drinks, depending on what I feel like. Post race protein recovery shake which I consume after each session at the end of the day. Recovery food is an important part of racing especially if you are racing over a few days.