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Race Day Recipes for the Road

By Ryan Wolfe
For Race Day Recipes

Nutrition plays an essential role in any athletes’ performance, especially in endurance sports. Your body gets out of it what you put into it. The proper nutrition is not only the foundation which helps you compete at high levels, but it also sustains and even helps the body recover quicker. The right nutrition will help keep you on top for your next training session or race. Race Day Recipes helps you achieve your potential.

Our motto is eat to live, live to train, train to win.

Race Day Recipes was developed for athletes on the move. Our “on the road” recipes can be made in any hotel room with ingredients that can be found anywhere. Our recipes are simple, intuitive, nutritious, and delicious.

These two recipes are perfect for an upcoming road trip to an early season race.

granolaFreshie’s Granola
Granola is a great pre-race breakfast or just a great snack. Its high calorie content and energy sustaining carbohydrates will get you geared up to race and keep you going.

Prep time: <5 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Difficulty: **

In a search for granola that is easy to make and tastes great, former collegiate cyclist and Cat. 1 racer Steve “Freshie” Scholzen developed this granola recipe. Make it in advance and take it on the road or just enjoy it for breakfast for days to come.


  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 275 deg. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, honey, almonds, walnuts, oil, vanilla extract and almond extract. Stir until oats are evenly coated with oil and honey. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray and evenly pour the oats. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven when the mixture is golden brown and spread out thinly over aluminum foil. Allow to cool, then add the chocolate chips and dried cranberries or golden raisins.

pesto primaveraPesto Primavera
Pesto Primavera is a great way to add some flavor to the “boring” pasta we eat the night before a race. It also makes a great recovery meal.

This recipe is packed with fresh flavors, all of which can be bought at a local grocery store. No need to travel with any of these ingredients! Choosing freshly prepared pesto and fresh vegetables and basil will result in an overwhelmingly wonderful delight!


  • 1 - 8oz. package of pasta (can be regular or gluten free)
  • 3 oz. Pesto sauce
  • 2 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 - 7oz. package or can of chicken
  • 3/4 c. of grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. of asparagus, cut or broken into 1” pieces
  • 1/3 c. fresh basil, cut or torn into small pieces
  • 1/3 c. Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Boil water and cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain and mix in Pesto Sauce. Set aside in a bowl. In the same pan, heat over medium heat and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add red pepper flakes and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the chicken and sauté until brown, approx. 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

When the sides of the chicken are browned, add the tomatoes and asparagus and sauté for five minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft. Remove from heat and mix basil and Parmesan cheese, stir, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the chicken primavera on the pasta and serve.

Race Day Recipes is cookbook for endurance athletes, written by endurance athletes. It features more than 20 top professional endurance athletes, who share the nutritional secrets to their athletic success. This is the perfect cookbook for the multisport athlete leading a healthy lifestyle, and easy to make meals will get the athlete in you from start to finish in good taste.  

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The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.