How to Avoid a Nutrition Meltdown On Race Day

LEG LUBE: Imagine you’ve spent the last few months diligently training for your big race. Suddenly, within a few hundred yards of the finish line your body shuts down and you can’t take another step. Your energy is shot and your thinking is scrambled. This can happen to all of us; in fact it happens all the time, even to the best. Paula Newby Fraser one of the greatest Ironman distance champions of all time went through a full nutrition meltdown 400 yards from notching another win in a race she was dominating. Here’s a three-step approach to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

1. Train Your Body. You must teach your body to absorb nutrition during training sessions. Start anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before your big race. The longer the race and the more sensitive your system, the earlier you need to start.

2. Meal Planning 101. Never leave your nutrition to chance. Plan it, write it and review it on a regular basis. Test it out at least once or twice in training in the weeks leading up to the race.

3. Stress and GI Distress. Stress has a huge impact on your ability to digest new calories. When you get into high stress situations or what’s commonly known as fight or flight you engage your parasympathetic nervous system. One of the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system is to get you away from danger as quickly as possible. That means any unnecessary body bodily systems are shutdown. One of those systems is your digestive system because when you’re in danger processing calories is not a priority.

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