What I Ate: GMSR
Let me start by saying I do not 'track' my food intake. Meaning that on a daily basis I don't record every bite and associate that bite with its caloric + nutritional properties. My understanding of food and what my body needs and what each bite contributes to those needs is pretty solid. However, I do encourage everyone trying to make changes and meet new goals to check in occasionally and/or for specific time periods (like a week before a big race or attempting to lose weight). And of course, if you need assistance with any of that, schedule an appointment with me! That being said, I people are always interested to know what I eat in a day. So here it is, the run down on what I ate during my last stage race of the season.
Green Mtn Stage Race includes 4 days of racing, a 12 hour drive to Vermont and living out of my van for 6 days. Not only did I have the challenge of eating to race, but eating on the road as well!!
What I eat in a day: Van Life + GMSR
Thursday: Driving to the race + TT preview/ 1 hour shake out ride.
French Press coffee with a few tbsp. 1% organic milk
I love taking the mini shelf stable Horizon organic milks to travel bc (obviously) they don’t go bad and I only have to open a small bit at a time.
Sandwich: 2 Slices Canyon GF Bakehouse whole grain heritage bread + Uncured deli turkey + Swiss Cheese + hummus + sprouts + avocado
Always prep a few things ahead of time to take with you, like make some sandwiches, roast some squash, cook + shred some chicken, boil some eggs and throw it into a cooler. Easy!
Another of the same sandwiches.
Handfuls of parsnip chips
I woke up from my nap very hungry and grabbed the first thing I saw! Parsnip chips, but still chips! This is why you should only have healthful things around, to prevent any grabbing of 'junk'!!
Handful of Maple Roasted Almonds - local find! So good!
French Press coffee + milk again
1 hr ride - No ride fuel needed
Plate of shredded BBQ Love Beets, Squash, homemade eggplant hummus, shredded chicken, hard-boiled egg, pumpkin seeds, and grapes.
An odd combo… but it was delicious!!
Couple handfuls of chocolate chips
Glass of red wine
Friday: Stage 1 – ~6mi TT
French Press with milk, vital protein travel packet, four sigmatic shroom blend
Early wake up and very cold morning!
Hot cocoa with Cayenne
Trying desperately to warm myself!
Bowl of Noosa yogurt + homemade Mucuna Purine granola + banana
TT Warm up ~1hr easy/ a couple efforts
Handful Gummie Bears
TT 6 miles all out + 6 mile cool down return
Slice of Canyon Heritage bread + 1 spoonful honey nut peanut butter + salt sprinkle
Slice of Canyon Heritage bread + 1 HB egg + 1 spoonful Hope Foods Spicy Avo hummus
I was driving a lot after the race so it was simple to grab a slice of bread and throw some toppings on it.
Handful Maple Almonds
Large meal of 2 local sausages + rice + squash + beets + kale cooked in ½ tbsp coconut oil and chicken broth.
I didn’t eat ALL of this, I did eat all the kale and sausage but saved the remaining rice + squash for tomorrow! Its meal prep van style! Remember, always bring an extra food storage container!
Too much chocolate
Glass of local tart cherry kombucha
2 glasses red wine
Saturday: RR 56 miles with some climbs
French Press + milk
1 salt/pepper HB egg
2 Noosa Salted Caramel Yogurts (the small ones!) + Granola + banana
5 mi warm up ride
1 Honey Stinger GF Waffle
- Sugar Free RedBull
56 mi Race – plain water + few handfuls gummie bears
RX Bar post race
5 mile cool down ride
Leftover rice/squash mix + raw kale + can of Wild Planet Skipjack
Glass of Red Wine
Bowl of GF sweet potato pasta + 2 sausages + coconut oil + salt + chipotle chili flakes
Sunday: 64 miles with finish climb
Coffee + milk
Squash + Peanut Sauce
Race – 45 degrees and pouring rain at the start – I knew my body was too cold from the start when I was abnormally hungry immediately.
GoMacro Bar ~ 1 hour in
Too cold to keep racing at mile 46
ate 1 Pamelas Wherever bar while shivering in an empty barn entrance ~ 2 hours in
Handfuls of gummies while being driven back to the start
Fawen Sweet Potato soup (HOT!)
Coffee + milk
Started 12 hour drive home
Handfuls of Angies White Cheddar Popcorn
I wasn't even enjoying this! Talk about mindless eating while driving! I hid the rest of the bag behind the seat and tossed it at the next rest stop! Out of sight, out of mind!
Tuna Sandwich – 2 slices Canyon GF bread + 1 can Wild Planet Skipjack + Ranch dressing
1 Glass Red Wine
3 Handfuls Chocolate Chips
So the race didn't go quite as planned... but my fueling was great! I maintained weight (yes I bring a scale) throughout the days of racing and felt strong despite having to bow out due to hyperthermic conditions. While there are things I could improve on (wine + chocolate), my choices were mostly nutritious + balanced! Doing a little pre travel food prep is definitely key to eating well throughout the journey. It's also important to set yourself up with the right tools and utensils to travel with to make your cooking and eating possible. I suggest traveling with an extra food storage container (or a few...), rice cooker, camp cookery (if camping or in a van), knife, utensils... Experiment and have fun with your travel eating, but keep the focus on foods that will help fuel your body to meet your goals; remember you're there to race!!