July 22, 2005
Burgers and fries don't cut it for American Tour rider
Sal Ruibal wrote:
MENDE, France — For riders in the Tour, food is fuel for the next stage. American Chris Horner found out the hard way that McFuel may not be the high-octane boost he was looking for.
On Monday's rest day in Pau, Horner treated himself to a Big Mac, a hamburger, fries, a large Coke and a McFlurry.
That meal and another hamburger at the faux-Western Buffalo Grille gave Horner a bit of an upset stomach and temporarily derailed his plans for a stage win.
He finished 121st in Thursday's stage, more than 21 minutes behind the winner.
For Saturday's meal before the time trial, Lance Armstrong won't be sitting down to a Big Mac, but his meal will be super-sized.
"Lance will eat his last big, carbohydrate-rich meal three hours before the time trial," says longtime coach and nutritionist Chris Carmichael. "The goal is to start the race feeling light and energetic, not full and lethargic."
That meal likely will include pasta with olive oil, some whole grain bread, salad and fruit. Over the next few hours, Armstrong will have a PowerBar, some sports drink and maybe a piece of fruit before warming up an hour before his start.
The coach recently authored Chris Carmichael's Fitness Cookbook that shows everyday athletes how to eat like Lance — but in smaller portions.
"While he's warming up, he'll drink more fluid and he'll grab a PowerGel about 15 minutes before he rolls down the start ramp," Carmichael added.
Remember: Roll down the start ramp, not to the drive-up window.
Posted by Lisa at July 22, 2005 3:34 PM
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