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So you’ve worked hard and put in the training for your endurance race and now you’re a week out from the big event. This is the time to focus on your diet to ensure you are well fuelled and energised when you reach the start line.

Back in the day huge emphasis was placed on carb loading for endurance events, with a carb depletion phase followed by consumption of large quantities of carbohydrate rich foods. Leading sports nutritionists now prefer a gentler approach to optimising the athletes fuel stores. This reduces the risk of bloating and gut problems in the days before and on race day itself.

If you are a relative newbie to pre-race fuelling the list below gives you the main areas you should be focusing on this week:

Plan your meals for the week so you don’t skip meals or leave large gaps between eating. Your meals this week should be at regular intervals to ensure stable blood sugar levels and consist of 60-70% carbohydrates. This is NOT the week to think about losing some weight!


Preparing your race day fuelling plan requires more than just calculating the number of gels and volume of water you need in your pack. The longer and more complex the terrain the more important it is to have a well thought out plan.

Below is a list of essential elements to consider when planning your race day fuelling and hydration strategy:

1. Stocktake

At least a fortnight before the race review what sports supplements you will be using eg gels, electrolytes, bars etc and check you have enough supplies in your cupboard and if not get ordering. You don’t want to discover you only have a couple of your favourite gels left as you are packing your kit. Many sports supplements are only available online so you need to factor in delivery times.

2. Race Day Weather Conditions?

Hot and humid days can make a big difference to your hydration and electrolyte requirements compared to a cold or wet day. Check the weather forecast the day or two before and make any necessary adjustments to yo...

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