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    Race Preparation

    I am a beginner mountain biker and am attending my second race this weekend. I have been mountain biking for a little less that 2 months. My first race about a month ago was 13 miles and took a lot of "you can do it" attitued to finish, but I did. This race is 8 miles and should be a little better for me. I have a few questions regarding race prep.

    What should I eat the night before?
    What should I eat for breakfast? Race starts at 9:00 AM
    What about race gels and drinks before and during the race?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    pasta, i like spaghetti and meatballs

    oatmeal? be done eating 2 hours before start. maybe a clif bar 30 mins before start

    no gels for under an hour water or Gatorade whichever you prefer

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    I like making a big pot of pasta Thursday night and use it for most meals till the race. Definitely eat the night before.

    Morning of the race ill have pasta and eggs. Cup of black coffee, absolutely essential. 2.5 to 3hours before.

    As mentioned, clif bar, but I take it an hour before.

    For the race, powder mix in a bottle is good. For short weeknight races, I like warming up with a camelback, and ditching it before the race. Just use the single water bottle.

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. Looking forward to the race tomorrow.

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    For races over an hour, I eat my usual breakfast. But make sure to have time to digest... For races under an hour, I eat a lighter breakfast. So most days, it's three eggs and four pieces of toast. On the morning of a short race, it's just one egg.

    I usually have a power bar on the drive over, or during preride. I usually have one in my pocket during the race, but I don't usually eat it. Most of my races are around 90 minutes to two hours.
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