People are always asking me about what I eat and what kind of food I encourage my teams to eat on race days. So, I thought I’d write a post about it. First off, let me say that I am not a nutritionist. I use information gathered from other reliable sources and make decisions based on how various foods make me feel after I eat them. For example, a bowl of Heath Bar Crunch ice cream (my favorite!) makes me feel tired and weak. A piece of chicken, brown rice, and broccoli makes me feel strong and energized.
On race day, the important thing is to “graze” all day on good food rather than to eat one big mid-day meal. I have seen teams get deliveries to their tent from Chipotle (an awesome burrito chain) and I’ve been jealous because I love Chipotle so much, but the truth is that if I were to eat a burrito on race day, I would feel too full, tired, and lethargic to paddle a serious race. Yes, it is important to stay fueled, but you don’t want to be so full that you can’t be efficient on the water.
Here is a list of what our team typically purchases for race days:
-water (big jugs of water so paddlers can refill their own reusable water bottles – hydration is super important on race days!)
-whole grain bread
-hard boiled eggs
-protein bars (like Power Bars or Clif bars)
I also supplement the food provided by the team by bringing a few of my own favorite foods and supplements that I know work well for me:
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Kristin Stickels is a three-time Team USA member of the US National Dragon Boat Racing Team. She is the coach of the Miami team Puff, the Florida Tarpons women's team and the local Breast Cancer Survivors' Team (SOS).
She is also an avid outrigger canoe paddler and raced through the Panama Canal on a native cayuco boat from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Found out more about Hornet paddles at www.hornetwatersports.com