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Daily coaching tip: TWO nights before a big race is the important night, not the night before. This is the night that you want to have your big carbohydrate meal and get to sleep early with no alarm set for the following day.
Why carb load 2 nights before? First, the glycogen stores will have ample time to actually get stocked from the meal. Second, and more important to me, is you won't feel bloated on race morning from the gorge-fest.
Why go to sleep with no alarm 2 nights before? Because you're not going to sleep well (nervous energy) the night before. Write race eve off as a fitful night, but allow your body to decide how much sleep it wants to bank 2 nights before naturally.