The Pre-Race Meal

YamAndStirFryEveryone has heard of carbo loading.  In case you haven’t, it’s when endurance athletes eat more carbohydrates before a race in order to store the maximum energy in their muscles.  How do you do this?  Calculate the carbs you need for your body weight using any carb load calculator.  Then eat them 24-48 hours before your race.  Non paleo athletes will eat pasta, bread, and rice.  Now that I’m pure paleo, I eat yams!  Yams have a high carbohydrate/serving ratio.  At 27 grams of carbs per 100 g serving, it’s a lot easier to pack on the carbs with yams than other root vegetables like parsnips or beets (10 g carbs/100 g serving).  Any basic carbo load calculator will tell you to eat about 320 grams of carbs per 100 lbs of body weight.  With 48 hours to go, yams can put a dent in that.  I’ve been eating yams all week to give my body every opportunity to absorb as much as it can to give me the energy I need on race day.  Chicken and asparagus stir fry with some yam home fries!

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