COUNTDOWN TO THE BMT
Go into the BMT weekend well-fueled + hydrated: Tips from Jackson Long, sports nutritionist, coach and Wood River Valley Native.
- In the days leading up to the race, focus mostly on bumping up your intake of easy-to-digest carbohydrates (think sourdough bread, rice, pasta, fruit, sports drink, oatmeal, potatoes, etc.) over the course of the day. You want to “fill up the tank” of this precious energy source, which you’ll be relying on to fuel the inevitable suffering to come.
- Dial in that pre-race breakfast for awesome, lasting energy and minimal GI issues. Practice eating it before a hard workout the week before the race and give yourself 2-3 hours to digest.
- Start to eat early and often during the race. If you’re exercising hard for more than 90 minutes, the body needs carbohydrates to operate optimally. Shoot to take in about 200 calories of very simple and easy-to-eat things like gels, chews, banana, or sports drink every 45 minutes.
- Remember to hydrate before and during the race, even if it’s frigid. Pro tip: fill a thermos or insulated drinkbelt with hot tea, a little bit of maple syrup, and a pinch of salt for a hit of caffeine, sugar, and electrolytes.