This past weekend was 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. Fueling for a 24 Hour race in the desert can be tricky, especially for the plant-based athlete striving for nutrient dense foods. This was especially made tricky as Shannon and I flew from Salt Lake to Phoenix so I couldn't prep meals for the weekend ahead of time. Upon arriving to Phoenix, we hit-up Whole Foods and bought a few staples to get us through the weekend.
We stocked up on bananas, apples, and almonds but here are a few tricks I learned to get me through the weekend.
An easy and quick meal: rice, hummus, avocado burrito. I borrowed a stove and cooked up some brown rice that I used all weekend. I slapped the rice, hummus, and avocado on an Ezekial sprouted grain tortilla and had a nutritious meal that kept me fueled throughout a weekend of racing. In the future, I will add some pre-cut veggies to make this meal even more nutritious.
Breakfast: Once again I borrowed the stove and whipped up some quick cook oatmeal. I added some nuts and mixed in some unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon to give it a bit extra flavor.
While training and riding I try to stick to nutrient dense whole foods, however for racing I am a big CarboRocket and Honeystinger organic gel fan.
The best news about my weekend's nutrition was that I had no digestive issues post-race. This is a notable feat as the post-chemo gut can be, well, sensitive and finicky:)
Fueling for long events definitely has a learning curve and I am still learning. There is a fine line between eating nutrient dense and keeping your gut happy between hard race efforts. I am always open to tips and suggestions. Do you have any tricks for eating healthy at 24 Hour races? If so, please share!