What do you eat before a race?
– JAMES, RANDBURG
I eat breakfast two to three hours before a race that starts in the morning, so that I don’t wind up feeling ‘ heavy’. I find two slices of toast with nut butter, sliced banana and honey easy to eat – and when paired with a good cup of coffee, it gives me lots of energy.
If the race starts in the afternoon or the evening, I follow my usual diet: a simple, carb- heavy meal, like avocado on rye toast drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.
In the past, I made the mistake of overeating before a race, and then spent the first few hours feeling uncomfortable, as my body struggled to digest the food. These days, I’d rather start a race having eaten less. I carry nutrition with me, so hunger is never an issue. To ensure I’m well hydrated, I also consume an electrolyte drink in the two to three hours leading up to the race.
I travel to most race destinations with my moka pot, and I even take my own coffee beans with me; I guess I’m a coffee snob. But you can’t beat a good cuppa in the morning!
Ryan Sandes, a. k. a. ‘ Hedgie’, is the 2017 Western States 100- Miler champion.