What Not To Eat Before a Time Trial

Hey, hey!  How’s your Monday been so far?  I can’t wait to share the recap from Saturday’s MuckFest MS Mud Run, but I’m still waiting on more pictures.  But posting one won’t hurt, right?


Yes, running through mud and tackling 20 obstacles totally calls for some serious muscle flexing.  Woohoo for Team Mighty Mucks!

Workout #1 – Running

Well, recovery week is definitely over:  a new Full Throttle Endurance training cycle officially started this morning—with a two-mile time trial on the indoor track.  OK, by now, I should be used to this TT business—I’ve done it not once, but twice—so you’d think I’d have it somewhat figured out.  Clearly, the knowledge isn’t the problem; it’s the execution.  Case in point:  eating pizza for not one, but two meals yesterday probably wasn’t the best idea.


Yes, this is leftover from Saturday night’s dinner.  Yes, this is a picture from Sunday’s on-the-go breakfast.  Yes, it was delicious.

So I probably didn’t fuel as well as I should have the day before, but what can you do?  Life happens.  Even with the sub-par pre-TT nutrition, I still shaved 30 seconds off my previous two mile time and finished in a respectable 14:0X.  Success!


During high school, I used to be obsessed with the breakfast sandwiches from Dunkin’ Donuts.  I actually had one Saturday before the mud run (again, not fueling adequately), but it didn’t live up to expectations.  Sadness.  So this morning called for my favorite, an egg white breakfast sandwich.


Mmmm, missed this big time.

Later this morning, I met Jen for coffee—and for a trip to Dashing Diva to get our nails done!  Even though there’s an unofficial blogger commandment that says multiple photographs and posts to social media outlets are required for an event to truly happen, our morning went entirely undocumented.  We had so much fun chatting away and getting manis (for her) and pedis (for me).  I always enjoy hanging out with Jen because one, she’s super fun, and two, she reminds me it isn’t totally taboo for a young, 20-something to be active and training for events.  We hope to go to a yoga class sometime soon!


After a quick trip to Trader Joe’s, I made a wrap with mustard, spinach, turkey, avocado, and pepper jack cheese.


Plus a ton of carrots while I worked on MuckFest donation thank you notes.


Multitasking at its finest.

Workout #2 – Strength Training

I originally planned to lift this morning after running, but my teammates and I ended up talking about tri bikes for 40 minutes (#trigeek).  At this point, the tri bike may happen this season, especially in light of recent news, but we’ll see.  Anyway, I hit the weights this afternoon for a full-body workout.

Post-Workout Snack

My workout ended around 5 p.m., and I didn’t want to eat a huge snack before dinner, so I made a mini protein smoothie with one frozen banana, a little bit of frozen kale and spinach, plus a few blueberries for good measure and half a scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.


And now it’s time to get dinner in the oven.

Without getting too graphic, is there anything you can’t eat before workouts or races?

22 responses to “What Not To Eat Before a Time Trial

  1. Mmm that wrap with turkey and pepperjack and avocado…sounds like exactly what I’m craving right now. Love the pizza for breakfast shot btw! I guess not accurately fueling, but hey you still rocked the 2 mile time trial so no real harm done right? Pizza’s an acceptable breakfast food if ya ask me haha

    • That was the first time since college I’ve done pizza for breakfast–and it makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often. 😉 It tasted even better the day after!

  2. Pizza is my weakness! I tried TWICE to get it yesterday after the beach… place #1 was closed, place #2 didn’t take plastic…. in 2013 – cash only!? I ended up going to an oyster house and had fish 🙂

    I love to make my breakfast sandwiches at home – they’re always so much more satisfying .

    • I know that feeling–when you absolutely *need* a certain food. For me, it’s chocolate or PB most of the time. 🙂 Although fish sounds really good too!

      The Dunkin’ breakfast sandwich was so disappointing. Maybe because I used to eat it during the afternoon a few hours before field-hockey games? Or maybe because I would chase it with a coffee Coolatta? True story. 🙂

  3. I honesty think something that is making my races less than stellar is not knowing how to eat before, even the day before. I can’t figure out what my body wants!

    • Trial and error I guess, right? I took a risk the night before Nautica South Beach and had chicken parm for dinner; really wanted a plain piece of chicken, and it turned out surprisingly well. I need to remember for future reference that pizza should not be my go-to pre-race meal. 🙂

  4. Haha it’s funny, we’ve never documented any of the times we’ve hung out in real life, despite the fact that bloggers tend to take a million pictures. Oops! We’ll have to rectify that next time 🙂

    • I feel like we’re giving the finger to the blogging gods: “Take that! We can still have fun without documenting anything!” 😉

  5. I typically always eat the same thing before a race. Depending on the length of the race I eat either a banana, or a banana with PB and some toast and ALWAYS coffee- that is a MUST!. It always works, so I haven’t felt like changing it up just yet.

  6. AWE sorry to hear about that. Things I can’t eat before races or workouts…hmmm…being diabetic I have a few that will spike my blood sugar and then severely lower it. I obviously can’t eat a lot of random junk but drinking too much coffee or water is what really sets me off.

    • I’m good with one or two cups of coffee, but anything more than that can lead to tummy troubles. 🙁

  7. I can never eat – everything but gels hurts my tummy! I hope you still had a good muddy experience!

    • That’s the glory of gels–no tummy troubles for most! The mud run was so much fun! Hopefully the race website posts pictures today. 🙂

  8. Aww man, I thought this would be your race recap! Love that first photo, though!!

    I try to limit dairy before races or long runs. With biking I don’t have to be as careful, but I still try to be a little bit on the cautious side. I definitely have a sensitive stomach.

    • I’m still waiting on official photos–patience isn’t my virtue. 😉 Totally agree with you in terms of food. I could probably get away with eating denser food before biking, but no way with running.

  9. I haven’t had too many issues with food before a race, but I tend to avoid anything whole wheat the day before. I also can’t eat a larger breakfast because I feel too full and then I get paranoid that it’ll make an early comeback… haha.

    • I usually stick the to meals that work, which clearly isn’t pizza. 😉 The breakfast sandwich before the race was a risk for sure, but I figured it would be OK since I wasn’t “racing” and pushing, plus it didn’t start until 11:30 a.m.

  10. I love pizza for breakfast but definitely not before a big workout! When I do a big race, I like to give up desserts for the week before hand. It makes me feel stronger (maybe just mentally) during the race!

    • It was delicious! Haven’t done it in far too long. 🙂 I’ll do the same thing the week before a race and really watch what I eat; nothing too drastic, but I will be more conscious about what I’m eating. Like I probably won’t eat PB or AB for dessert, lol.

  11. Those meals look amazing! Especially the lunch wrap and pizza for breakfast 🙂 I can relate because I am in college!

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