Why Eating is Hard During Competition and What to Do About It

February 18, 2021 by
Athlete: Alex Parker @aaparker1

A phenomenon that almost any athlete can attest to is the lack of appetite during a competition, meet, race, or game. 

For athletes who only compete in short duration events, like a 10km race or a 2 hour hockey game, not having an appetite is probably not going to impact performance too much. For endurance events and CrossFit competitions (which in my opinion are most like endurance events when it comes to nutrition), not eating properly can have a massive impact on the outcome. 

It is not uncommon to hear an athlete say that they don’t eat during competition because they aren’t hungry. They might even boast about not needing to eat during a competition. I used to be one of those athletes. It’s true that hunger gets shut down, but it is not true that an athlete can meet their potential without properly fueling.

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