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Bout Day Breakfasts from the London Rollergirls
Eating properly for a sport that requires so much physically, is something the London Rollergirls talk a lot about across the league. So, team mate Brat Wurst asked her team mates what is on the menu for their next game on March 11th.
London Rollergirls photo credit: David Tett
Roller derby is a high-impact, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates. A bout at home for London Rollergirls involves setting up a bootcamp hosted by our All Star team, London Brawling, at a sports centre in Tottenham followed by two games by our All Star Reserves and the stellar C Team. The day starts early with setting up the hall, prepping skaters, demonstrating skills and ends some 12 hours later after two hour-long bouts and a lot of track building, crowd-warming and high energy excitement.
Amongst us we have vegans, die-hard meat eaters, physios and personal trainers who all have an opinion about how to eat a meal that will pack the biggest punch on the track. Here’s what my team mates had to say on the matter:
Lil’ Bow Creep (London Brawling)
I try to always stick to the same food on game day – I found a routine that works for me and this gives me peace of mind that I will have enough energy for the day and it’s one last thing to think/worry about before a big game.
I usually have eggs for breakfast – but a late breakfast to last me until later in the day. Definitely 2 eggs, usually fried but if I don’t have time for it, I’ll hard boil it. On toast and if I can, I’ll add Avo. Sounds basic but it does the trick. If I don’t have eggs available, I’ll have oats with blueberries and banana. I feel this keeps me full and gives me the energy I need to get me through the day.
I have about 2 cups of black coffee before I leave the house. This is essential to my day. I’ll try to have 1 more cup during the day if time allows for it. (not to close to the game, as early as possible once I get to the venue).
In addition to this, I have lots and lots of water the days before the game (I aim for 2 litres a day). On game day, I make sure I am hydrated but try not to over do it pre-game (so not more than 1 litre).
The rest of the day, I have bananas and a light but filling lunch about 2-3 hours before the game. Usually something like a small chicken wrap or falafel salad with hummus. If in doubt, I have another banana (or 2).
Kid Block (London Brawling / Team England)
Breakfast is my most favourite meal of the day without a doubt, so on game day I take it to the extreme. I start with coffee (all the coffee) and porridge with some kind of fruit and usually a bit of Nutella. Then second course will be some more fruit and possibly a protein shake (depending how hungry I am), followed by my ‘main’ breakfast which will consist of a combination of eggs, avocado, sweet potatoes (or wholegrain muffins), spinach, bacon, peppers, mushrooms.
This will be spaced throughout the morning, so in between I’ll be prepping for the day… showering/stretching/packing my bag etc. I don’t like to eat much too close to the game, so I make sure I eat a lot in the morning to compensate. Then I’ll snack on trail bars and fruit between my breakfast and the game (depending on time of course). If the game is late I might have a chicken salad or a small portion of pasta.
Katie Black (Captain, London Brawling)
Sometimes we have long training days at venues outside of London. This Saturday the England national squad trained from 12:30 – 16:30 at a venue that is three hours’ drive away. For me, this means breakfast on the road!
Overnight oats topped with loads of fruit, nuts and seeds is perfect for this: low in effort (you just need to remember to mix your oats and freeze a banana the night before) and high in satisfying, filling goodness. This is my go-to first breakfast for a long day of training, consumed three hours before the session begins. I often follow up with some fruit or a nakd bar, or something else to give me a quick energy boost right before training.
It’s not the prettiest breakfast when it’s in a Tupperware, but I love it. Two types of oats and chia seeds soak overnight in oak milk, then I add a chopped frozen banana, almonds, chopped dates, a few bits of granola, pumpkin seeds and a healthy slug of peanut butter on top. Yum.
Sheila Tekiler (Captain, Batter C Power)
I’m quite bad at breakfast generally. I either skip it or have it on the go – I’m the person walking to the tube station in the morning, toast in hand. Unfortunately, it also took me a while to realise that on game day, I had to do better, eat better. So I developed a ritual I try to stick to. If I can, as I’m not a big eater, I have several meals spaced out. I usually try to have porridge with boiled eggs or some other breakfast (omelette with tomatoes, peppers etc and toast) some 4-6hrs before the game with a smaller pasta meal 2-3hrs before the game.The porridge for the slow energy release with seasonal fruit alongside it or on it.
It really does set you up for the day! I always feel like I have that bit of extra energy, my mood is usually better, especially because I’m always involved in some game-day prep as well as sorting life things at home. It really is great!
Christina Dixon (aka Brat), London Rollergirls for Sportsister
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