Eating Options During an Endurance Race

Posted on 19 February 2012

What’s your favorite food during an endurance race. The various calories and foods are all over the place during an endurance event such as a triathlon, running, cycling, long distance swim, and adventure races.

As the race distances increase over more than 24 hours, for most it becomes difficult to eat the same items on day 3 of a 6 day race as day one. Variety and mixing in different types of foods that you have tested in your training (or for many athletes never test until race day – that seems to be the mentality of many ultra-runners) will keep the energy along with excitement (mentally) to try something else. Of course the normal foods that have additional salt always seem to taste the best later into the race. Why do potatoes with salt, potato chips, ham sandwiches always seem to taste heavenly late into the race. Of course each race course will have different foods and self crewing options allows additional variety.

Some favorites that many athletes have who compete in long races have actually eaten:

Avocado and Chia Seeds
Corn Bread Buns
Ice Cream
Chocolate Milk
Blueberries and Sugar (mixed like a soup)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Prosciutto Sandwiches
Eggs mixed with Hotdogs
Chocolate Iced donuts dipped in salt
Whiskey mixed with coke
Beef with iced mixed together
Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwiches

These are just a few, the key is to consider variety (test it first before race day if possible so you know how your stomach will handle it) as the race distance increases. Very rarely will an athlete can maintain eating Power Bars after 6 days of racing. As the race gets long it’s more important to add calorie dense foods with variety. Mix it up and it’s ok to go off your normal fuel drinks and bars as the race distance is magnified.

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