Was it overkill…probably. I’m not doubting that. Decathletes don’t fully deplete their glycogen stores so what I was doing wasn’t necessarily needed. But I think we have to also understand the caloric needs and metabolic rates of each athlete before saying something is insane. This worked successfully for me for 5 years…thats all I can say. Never had digestion issues on my way to opening up day 2 w/ 14.20 in the HH. I’m just giving my real life accounts. I look at it this way…
When I look at reviews for anything i plan to buy (tv, car, whatever)… I take personal accounts of people who actually own the product more to heart than the guys in the lab who review it based on the technical specs of the product.
I tried many things for my post day 1 routine… coaches should allow their athletes to explore options. Have the athlete start with comfort foods or familiar foods to help them through the day. Attempting anything different the days of meets can throw your body off or upset your digestion. Our job is to make those comfort/ familiar foods be healthy choices not at track meets but during the week.
Anyone looking for this answer needs to seek advice in all avenues instead of just 1. I based my diet off a reviews and watching what other successful athletes did around me.
I respect your opinions and just look for you to respect mine. Your basically creating an argument for something that looks better on paper vs something that did better in practice.
I definitely agree with you here. You got to do what works for your body. I know my post day 1 food ranges anywhere from steak to mexican. I’ll eat anything I can get my hands on. What did you eat during competition?