Not for consumption
Aren’t you glad you didn’t take this advice?
Captain Barclay Allardice, the celebrated ‘pedestrian’ (he once walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours), told athletes to eat mainly meat and to avoid liquids during events – except for spirits (if cold) and home-brewed beer.
Middle-distance runner E.C. Bredin deemed toast a better fuel than bread.
Australian sprinter Shirley Strickland, winner of seven Olympic medals, shunned soft foods and fluids the day before events and on race day itself.
The successful book Diet for Runners touted a highcarbohydrate diet (80 per cent of total calories).
Energy drinks were advertised as having the same benefits as sports drinks. Science said otherwise.