Competition Day Fuelling
I have my first grappling tournament coming up two weeks from tommorow, for those with more experience how do you handle fueling between matches?
In my normal 90 minute class we spend the majority of the time doing randori and it is easy to get pretty gassed. How to you keep your energy up to through your whole division?
Little chocolate donuts
On the real here's what a comp day should look like (assuming your matches start around noon-2)
Normal breakfast, maybe some extra carbs, e.g. oatmeal
Water between matches, but not food. Gatorade MAYBE
Is it a BJJ or Judo tournament? Judo matches are intense but they go pretty quickly. I usually just slam dude like hulk hogan and call it a day
weighing the day before?
water is a must, but not too much. Eletrolytes are good.. im not sure why gatorade would be bad.
Ive known people to have sugar packets to keep their energy up between matches. It gets into your system quick.
I avoid gatorade and powergel things between matches because I've always found them unnecessary. It's a personal choice- I'd rather not have anything noticably in my stomach during a match. I certainly don't think they'll kill your game or anything though.
I've always understood powergel to be something you eat when you're running a 50k across the desert
I typically have to weigh in day of so I'm usually scarfing down food to try to recover. This is what I've found:
1. Don't eat between matches and don't count on the ability to. I know you're supposed to get some minimum time between matches, but you won't always. Just focus on putting something back into you between weigh-ins and competing. To be honest, I like to fight without too much in my stomach.
2. Water > Gatorade. Unless you've seriously dehydrated yourself you don't need that many electrolytes to rehydrate. The super-sugariness also makes me feel sick by the 4th or 5th match if I'm downing Gatorade between.
3. For food between weigh ins and competing I usually am snacking on some kind of bread (biscuit, muffin) and a couple eggs if I can get it.
I usually pick water over gatorade. Also, i'd do the night before weigh ins so it's easier to recover the next day. I dont eat too much carbs the days of, granola bars, banana and maybe some waffles int he am, dont wanna be throwing up in the middle of a match
A baked and mashed sweet potatoe or baby food will be quickly digested and ready to be used for energy. Dropping honey is a good way to keep your blood sugar and energy up between matches as well.