Why is the taper phase the right time to fine-tune my race nutrition strategy?
- Avoiding last-minute changes: Making significant changes to your nutrition strategy just before a race can be risky. Use the taper phase to solidify your plan and prevent potential negative impacts on performance.
- Mental focus: Planning race nutrition during the taper lets you focus on this crucial performance aspect. Develop a clear plan to enter the race with confidence in your nutrition strategy.
- Confidence on race fueling: Experiment with final race fuel and timing in the taper phase. Ensure timely product acquisition for total confidence in your final race fuel strategy.
- Peace of mind: Tapering aims to reduce stress on both the body and mind. By having your race nutrition strategy well-planned and practiced, you reduce the stress associated with uncertainty about fueling on race day.
How do I get my race nutrition strategy on point?
Use the FoodCoach App to structure meals on the carb loading days and race day. Focus on:
- Decide on final meal timings: Practice the timing of your pre-race meals and snacks to find what works best for you in terms of digestion and sustained energy.
- Consider final fueling experiments: Refrain from making major changes, but if you feel the need to do something new, experiment well in advance during your training rides to assess its impact on your performance.
- Weather forecast: Account for weather conditions in your nutrition plan. Hot or cold temperatures can impact your hydration and fueling needs.
- Prepare race nutrition products: Ensure you have all your race nutrition products well in advance. Double-check that your gels, bars, hydration solutions, and any other supplements are stocked and ready.
- Review your plan: Confirm your overall race nutrition plan, including pre-race meals, during-race fueling, and post-race recovery.
- Start carb loading days: Start carb loading two days in advance. Read blog and use the FoodCoach app to structure your carb loading days.
- Pack your race nutrition: Organize and pack your race nutrition the night before the race. Check that you have everything you need, and use a checklist if necessary.
Popular meals during the taper phase
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