I did want to leave a few reminders from my friend Bob Seebohar on nutrition preparation before a big event. Bob's book Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes is a must read if you are going to take this triathlon thing seriously.
--Remember to eat your largest meal two nights before your race. You should still eat 10 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram the day before the race, but space it into 7-9 small meals or snacks so you do not eat one large meal. Customize this plan according to your body and your specific needs.
-- Increase fluid intake to ensure adequate hydration throughout the day. Carry that water bottle everywhere and drink up. Your urine should be a pale yellow color.
-- Add extra salt to the foods you normally eat, especially if you know you are a heavy and salty sweater.
-- Slowly decrease the amount of fiber eaten in the normal diet to prepare for the race day and minimize the chances of frequent bowel movements during the race. Enough said.
-- Decrease use of hot spices to prevent heartburn or GI distress 2-3 days before a race.
-- Use the energy bars, gels, and sports drinks that have worked during previous training cycles. Don't try anything new.
Seriously, go out and have a great race. You've worked hard, put in the time and you are READY! I'll be watching for race results this Saturday. Tally ho!