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What to eat before a long tournament - 03-12-2015, 09:26 AM

Will be in a tournament possibly lasting up to 14 hours. Any thoughts on what to eat before the Tournament? Carbs the night before? Protein the morning of? Power bars during?


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03-12-2015, 09:34 AM

Fruitcake. It doesn't take up much room and packs a lot of calories in each bite. Mentioned in the movie Iron Will.
  
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03-12-2015, 10:02 AM

I always try to make sure that I have some sort of breakfast and a hand full of some kind of breakfast bars. If I can get food there then that's a plus, but if not I'll take nuts and a sandwich and leave them in the car (unless they might freeze or melt), and a bottle of water that I can refil. If it's a day long event that starts in the morning I think breakfast is pretty important, and Advil, make sure you take a bottle of Advil
  
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re: What to eat before a long tournament - 03-12-2015, 11:04 AM

like most of the others mentioned, i try to make sure i have a (light) meal before i go, bring a handful of breakfast/protein/energy bars in my case/pockets. then i make sure to try to drink plenty of water and not go more than a couple of hours without another light meal or snack. never want to be too full, and never want to be too hungry, kinda piece as i go and stay in the middle.

i am susceptible to getting shaky if i dont eat (not diabetic though) so i try to be careful, especially as the day goes on and the stakes/stress go up.

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Will be in a tournament possibly lasting up to 14 hours. Any thoughts on what to eat before the Tournament? Carbs the night before? Protein the morning of? Power bars during?


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03-12-2015, 11:20 AM

Really greasy nachos.
  
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03-12-2015, 11:26 AM

Potato chips, candy bars and red bull. Staples for any pool player.
  
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03-12-2015, 11:30 AM

Don't over think it. If the place has good toilets in the bathroom, eat a big breakfast and pack a few nutribars in your bag for lunch.

If dropping a deuce can't be done at the hall, eat a small breakfast and load up 1/2 way through the tournament. Pool players piss all over the toilets. Use caution.

Whatever you do, bring your own toilet paper in your bag.
  
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03-12-2015, 11:33 AM

I will say from experience from long distance running years ago what you eat today will fuel you tomorrow...The day before eat complex carbs like spaghetti....Day of eat protein from meats and chicken no starches like potatos and avoid too much sugary stuff the day of...Most protein bars have very low protein in them unless you get one with 15 plus grams of protein I would try not to eat too many...Rely on real foods to fuel you...The so called power drinks like Red Bull are good...Just find one you like a few weeks out so it agrees with you...
Day of spaghetti is too heavy and remember do NOT eat turkey as it will make you sluggish and tired the day of....
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03-12-2015, 11:36 AM

doesnt really matter, you just dont want to change from your normal routine.

Your normal routine should be approx 40/30/30% ratio of carbs/ fats/ proteins and fruits/ vegetables in their natural form.

I like to keep energy bars on hand for tournament days, eaten with lots of water.

I have also had great success with energy gels, taken about 15min prior to later-day matches.

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what to eat - 03-12-2015, 11:38 AM

pasta, pasta salad
big bag of your favorite jerky to nibble on through out the tourny
  
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03-12-2015, 11:40 AM

Pickled eggs. Bring eye protection for yourself. Laugh at opponent.
  
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03-12-2015, 11:44 AM

Pasta the night before, bananas throughout the day, just when hungry. The potassium really helps, especially as you and your muscles get tired.


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03-12-2015, 11:44 AM

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doesnt really matter, you just dont want to change from your normal routine.

Your normal routine should be approx 40/30/30% ratio of carbs/ fats/ proteins and fruits/ vegetables in their natural form.

I like to keep energy bars on hand for tournament days, eaten with lots of water.

I have also had great success with energy gels, taken about 15min prior to later-day matches.

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^^^this^^^. He plays in long tournaments and rides in centuries, he knows his stuff. I used to be a distance runner and a cyclist and this is pretty much what I did. Stay away from artificial sugars. If you get sluggish, have a banana or an apple. RED BULL IS BADDDDD.

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03-12-2015, 12:07 PM

One thing about water, drink even if you don't think you are thirsty. Performance is affected at 10% dehydration but our body only tells us we are thirsty when we are 25% dehydrated.
  
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03-12-2015, 12:34 PM

Water is just as important as food. Make sure you're drinking water throughout the day. Even if you're not thirsty. If you wait until you're thirsty, it's too late.


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