Beware of Pre-Race Temptations

By Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS | April 28, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)
The expos before races are fantastic. It is great to support the vendors, but please remember that you are racing and not at a food and nutrition sampling conference.
Visit the booths and accept the samples that nutrition companies are providing, but most importantly, if you have never consumed that product before, please, please, please, do not do so the day before your race.

Place these samples in your goodie bag and either give it to a friend or family member or put it in the closet in your hotel room so you are not tempted.

I have witnessed far too many athletes have horrible GI distress before their race begins because they tried new things before race morning. Stick to your nutrition plan and leave the sampling for your trip home after your race.

Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS is a sport dietitian and elite triathlon coach.  He traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympics as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Dietitian and the personal Sport Dietitian for the 2008 Olympic Triathlon Team.  He is also Sarah Haskins' personal coach and was a performance team member (sport dietitian and strength coach) for Susan Williams, 2004 Olympic Triathlon Bronze Medalist.

Bob's book, Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes: Taking Sports Nutrition to the Next Levelwill provide triathletes of all levels education on how to structure their nutrition program based on their exercise program. For more information, visit or contact Bob at