I’m sick of eating pasta the night before my races. What are some good alternatives?
While pasta parties might be a popular pre-race tradition, gorging on spaghetti is not the only (nor probably the best) option for fueling your effort. In fact, many top athletes skip pasta altogether. The following pros’ menus demonstrate two facts about pre-race meals: There is no one magic formula, and there’s success in routine.
2012 Ironman St. George and Ironman Coeur d’Alene winner
Chicken, salad and sweet potato
I have always loved Outback Steakhouse. For me a meal there works far better than pasta, and I seem to always enjoy it more: Romaine salad with tangy tomato dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes; grilled chicken breast with barbecue sauce for dipping; sweet potato. I omit too many vegetables leading up to a race, which seems to work best. Less carnage in the belly! Once home, one or two Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.