Carbohydrate loading is generally recommended for endurance events lasting longer than 90 minutes, such as marathons. The night before a race many marathoners and triathlon participants have large pasta dinners which commonly include fruits, vegetables, whole wheat pasta and grains. Large portions before a race can be detrimental to race-day performance because the digestive system may not have time to adequately process the food. In the 1980s research developed a modified carbo-loading regime that calls for increased carbohydrate intake (to about 70% of total calories) and decreased training for three days prior to the event. Most athletes now follow this regimen and it is recommended by many coaches.Typically I start increasing my pasta intake the week before a marathon and I sign up for the pasta dinners. I do not eat a massive amount of pasta the night before a race and this seems to work for me.
Any other suggestions for carb-loading?