Food for fuel

There are a lot of ways to prepare for racing and improve your endurance.  Cardiovascular and light strength training during race season can help you going throughout your motos.  However, the right fuel can make all the difference.  And no, I’m not talking about VP or some pump gas for your bike; I’m talking about the food to help maintain your energy levels.

You can train with the best of the best, but if you do not eat and drink properly on race day, all of that training could fall apart.  During the week, keeping enough fluids in you is very important.  Hydration does not happen overnight; it is a process that takes days.  The same goes for solid foods.  Training and racing on an empty stomach is not a good idea.  Your body does not have enough energy to fuel you throughout your moto.  So when it gets hot and you aren’t hungry, you still need to eat some fruits or some other complex carbs.

As I have said before, there are two branches of carbohydrates: complex and simple.  Eating too many simple carbs can give you a great energy boost, but the crash from the sugars will leave you fatigued and exhausted.  Avoid sugary soft drinks and food.  Pastas, breads and brown rice are some complex carbs that will not let you crash.  If you eat about 75g of complex carbs an hour before your moto/training, you should have plenty of energy and fuel.  This is usually about a cup of pasta or brown rice.

Another overlooked aspect of endurance training is protein intake.  Making sure you are eating enough protein is essential for recovery.  Muscle tissue is broken down and the amino acids in protein help repair the broken tissue.  Building muscle is not a priority for motocross, but keeping strength up helps with your form.

Your bike can’t run without gas and your body can’t perform at its best when you are hungry.  Make sure you are eating every 2 to 3 hours and keep your carbs complex.  You will avoid any kind of sugar crashes and fatigue.


Posted on Jun 29 2010, under Nutrition | 2 Comments »


2 Responses to “Food for fuel”

  1. THIS ARTICLE IS RIGHT ON. YOUR DIET IS SO IMPORTANT IN TRAINING AT ANY ENDURANCE SPORT AS A FORMER TRIATHLETE I CAN SAY THAT CARBS ARE KING FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS BUT HAVING THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF PROTEIN IN YOUR DIET WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE ALSO POST RECOVERY DRINKS OR FOOD CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
    GOTTA MOTO!

  2. Thanks Kurt. The right carbs make all the difference!

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