Race and Mission Snacks - what we eat before, during and after.

We are so lucky to have such a great group of staff, athletes, and ambassadors who have a ton of knowledge and experience with both epic missions and races of many kinds. We plan to squeeze them like a sponge to pour all that knowledge into a series of blog posts. (So, you can also have this information!)


Today we're talking about what team Further Faster eats before, during, and after a mission or race. Now, we're not nutritionists by any stretch of the imagination- this is what works for our team, personally. Please don't make drastic changes to your diet without consulting a professional - which we aren't!
Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let's pass it over to the team!

Jacob Lamont Running

Jacob Lamont

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day? 

Chicken Salad Wraps.

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

Chocolate Milk, Protein Shake or if it’s after an Ultra, Burger & Chips!

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Pure Gels, Snakes, OSM, EM’s Bars and electrolytes

For longer races bite sized Avocado & Marmite Wraps. 

Holly Weston on a Bike with hill view

Holly Weston 

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day? 

Creamed Rice! 

 

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Creamed rice and potatoes - best fed to me by Julz in a transition! 

 

Jen Haliday Port Hills Chirstchurch

Jen Haliday

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day? 

My go to meal before a race or a big day is always something plain and simple. Usually, a basic pasta with some kind of protein, like chicken.  

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

Something salty, like chips! Burger and chips are always good!

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

I always have sandwiches, bars, Pure gels and electrolytes 

 

Dane Danesin Crater Rim Ultra

 Dane Danesin

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day? 

Always pasta the day before the race, always!

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

After a big race normally I’m too tired for food and my stomach is a bit upset, but savoury, burger and chips! 

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Clif gels and bloks.

Bob Miller

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day? 

Following radiation and chemotherapy as well as surgery for throat cancer, food now needs to be slurpy. Powdered food (like Ensure 2cal) has been an amazing find as it has all the ingredients needed to supply energy and sustain life and is really light to carry on huge missions. I would have loved to have found it decades ago!

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

After a mission, there is nothing like a good Dahl Makhani!

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

During mission's garlicy cheesy mash with bacon pieces is awesome! 

 

Erin at a waterfall

 Erin Morresey

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day?

Smoked Chicken Pesto Pasta!

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

Nachoes

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Gu Energy Chews Strawberry or party mix 😆

 

Juliana Hodgkinson

Juliana Hodgkinson  

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day?

Usually weetbix, something warm and quick, followed up with a piece of fruit just a wee bit later.

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

Anything with potatoes or a Fairlie pie... or a Fairlie pie.

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Something quick, accessible and easy as im usually on the side of a mountain. Nuun hydration tablets are something I wouldn't go without same with dried mango.

 

woman on mountain bike overlooking a bay

Chelle Thomson

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day?

I stick with something I know, the morning of a first day of an epic mission - my go to is Hubbards Laffare Coffee & Cacao Muesli, with no milk - just some Little Island Natural Cashew Yoghurt and a small spoonful of Fix & Fogg's Granola Butter. I have this every morning and just increase or decrease amounts of the ingredients, if necessary, based on what I'm doing and how I'm feeling. 

If I'm having coffee, I have it quite early in the day so any response my body has to it doesn't happen once I've headed out on my trip. 

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

It's a bit of a tradition that enroute back from a tramp we get Maccas... But recently we've also frothed Indian takeaways, and I'm also a fiend for homemade fried tempeh poké bowls with fresh raw veggies like carrot, cucumber and a slaw mix, because I'm also inherently lazy and takeaways seem like too much effort for me... I know that seems rather unbelievable but it's true! 

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

So many things... Epic missions for me are often tramps or mountain bike rides so I have a little luxury with carrying a little more stuff... I use Pure energy gels, Pic's Peanut Butter Slugs, Whittaker's controversial Oat Milk chocolate, and Pam's sour party mix (yes, I know. Ridiculous.) For lunches on the go, we pack fresh rolls with slaw and our preferred protein for our first day out. Our last trip we had Ramen Noodles with cashew nuts and preferred protein on day two, and my previous trip I had couscous with textured vegetable protein, some spices, sundried tomatoes and a vegan pesto mix. I would cold soak it at the start of the day. It was a great lightweight option with a good mix of fats and a little protein to keep me going. 

 

Lady with a mountain background view playing with two border collies.

Wanda Vivequin

What is your go to meal before a race or massive day?

Mashed potatoes with cheese and a boiled egg.

What is your dream recovery meal afterwards? 

Fried Chicken. 

And what do you eat when you are going hard?    

Dates, roast potatoes, fig newtons and Tailwind.


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