Eating and drinking the right stuff can have a massively positive impact on your track experience, so here’s a guide to essential do’s and don’ts of what to ram down your gullet…
Make sure you eat a decent breakfast – a protein packed brekky is the best way to stave off hunger later in the day. Eggs, yoghurt, oats, all pack plenty of healthy satisfying protein. Go easy on greasy bacon though, the high salt content could leave you gasping with thirst.
Take something healthy and satisfying with you – many tracks do sport pretty decent catering facilities these days, but you can save cash and make healthier food choices if you go prepared. It might even be something as simple as packing yourself wholemeal peanut butter sarnies for lunch.
Eat little and often. Bear in mind track riding is a physical activity. You wouldn’t pig-out right before going for a jog or a swim would you? So keep hunger at bay and energy levels up by snacking on nuts, fruit and the occasional protein bar.
Take plenty to drink. Avoid caffeinated drinks, though, as overindulging on the stimulant is going to make you jittery and reduce your body’s natural thirst for correct hydration. Stick to water or my personal fave, coconut water.
Get steaming the night before. If you’ve travelled to the circuit the night before and are staying at a hotel nearby, don’t have a late one at the bar.
Display your lamb phaal eating prowess to the lads the night before either. Your leathers will thank you for it, as will anyone sharing your personal space...
Overindulge. Avoid a huge cooked breakfast, or giant stodgy lunch. It could sit heavy on your stomach and make you feel sluggish. It’s best to stop eating before you’re full, then snack throughout the day.
Even world champs like Danny Kent (right), took nutrition seriously from a young age Don’t make brekky too big, got it?! Fruit, anyone?