The NorCal Sectionals are just a day away and we are looking forward to seeing some fantastic performances. Folks have been training hard for weeks, and with just a day left one of the most important factors that will determine coming in first or last is NUTRITION! You have been eating well over the past few weeks with proper food balancing, post wo recovery, hydration, and supplements but today and tomorrow are the days where you have to be on point. Most often competing athletes let their nerves get the best of them and overlook sleep, hydration, and food… then they wonder why they didn't perform as well. In order to optimize your performance at the sectionals do the following 3 things:
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate! (WITH WATER)
Even if you are not feeling thirsty make sure to continue drinking water. A 2% loss of body weight in fluid can actually decrease your performance by 10 to 15%! It is important to hydrate the day before the competition and continue hydrating throughout the day tomorrow, regardless of thirst! You want to hydrate with water and not depend on teas, coffee, juices, energy drinks; these will actually dehydrate you in the long term.
The food you eat is your fuel for the events, it is extremely important to stick to the plan you have been on and do not try anything new or different come tomorrow, the last thing you want is a belly full of gas while you wodding! Balance out your meals today and maybe even up the carbohydrate intake, yams and sweet potatoes are great! Come competition day you will want to eat breakfast (carbs, protein, fat) and plan out snacks for the day. Post WO recovery will be the key to success so plan ahead, you want to eat real food and NOT rely on shakes to replenish glycogen levels. Stick to the meat and sweet potatoes.
Your nerves may be getting to you before the big day but you cannot afford to lose sleep over it. A sleepless night will decrease your energy level, recovery rate, muscle performance, and motivation. You have worked hard and are prepared to win so take some time tonight to relax and get to bed early. Here's a good sleep article.
Crossfit has produced some awesome athletes, can't wait to see you all in action tomorrow… good luck!
What is your Nutrition plan for the sectionals? Post to comments…