I want to offer some advice for all of you who had the courage to sign up for your first CrossFit competition, the Festivus Games, but first, let me offer you CONGRATULATIONS! Good for you for stretching out of your comfort zone!
During Festivus, you’ll perform multiple WODs, but don’t let the idea of 4 WODs overwhelm you! All of you are more than capable of completing the workload this Saturday. With the right fuel and hydration, you will be able to compete at a high level and test your fitness.
Here’s what I mean by fuel and hydration: the night before, eat a hearty dinner with a good source of carbs. In the morning, eat a normal, balanced breakfast with quality fats and protein. Do not do anything out of the ordinary for breakfast and eat at least an hour out from your WOD 1 start time.
After WOD 1&2 you will have roughly two hours before WOD 3. During this time it is important to relax and hydrate. Some fruit or a Lara bar or something light will suffice. The same goes for after WOD 3. Drink at least one protein shake at some point during the day and the rest of your calories should come from easily digestible carbs and protein. Stay away from breads and anything heavy once the competition begins. From personal experience, it is really hard to eat enough food during the day. If you have no appetite, it is imperative that you find a way to fuel the furnace.
In conclusion, come prepared and have simple snacks that you are used to eating on a daily basis. If you know how you react to different types of food, DON’T change everything on competition day! Keep it simple and relax between WODs. This will be a great first experience for all of you! Your coaches will be extremely proud of you regardless of where you finish!
Coach Chris Poppa