What does everyone eat before a long paddle or a big race? Share your ideas!
Before a race I love having a sweet potatoe the night before. Sweet potatoes provide a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates, which take longer to be digested and help supply the body with energy over a longer period of time. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, which has a gradual, steadying effect on blood sugar, making sweet potatoes a sustained source of energy. They will give you the stored energy you need to pull through a long paddle!
Sweet potatoes also help with muscle recover as they are highly packed with calcium, and iron, and are high in beta carotene, which, together with other essential antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, helps with protect cells and muscles recover and regenerate.