Double header cross weekend. What to eat?


#1

Next weekend and the weekend after I have double header cross races. Any recommendations on a nutrition plan? Is it just time to carb it up.


#2

Just raced my first race of a doubleheader, ate some ice cream and Taco Bell. My body is very happy with me right now. Carbs are your friend.


#3

More. Whatever you ate, eat more. So long as it is good high quality food.


#4

To be honest, two 45-60 minute races won’t require that much of a carbo loading plan. Look at your TR workouts and see how many calories you burn for a 1:00 workout with an IF of 0.90 or higher. That’s probably what you need in terms of total calories.

For me, it’s a big bowl of oatmeal 3.5 hours before a race, and then a gel or sports drink leading up to the start. Afterward, 12-16oz of 1% chocolate milk for a quick recharge/repair. Repeat for the next race.

I participated in a 24 hour MTB relay last weekend where I was doing hard 1:00 race efforts every 3-4 hours, (for 6 efforts total) and was basically doing the above before and after each lap. I’m 40 and recovery is starting to come more slowly, but I was able to keep putting down consistent efforts each time. I was complimented by my teammates for being a fantastic eater, but honestly had food fatigue by the end of the race. I just wanted to stop shoveling it in.