I've tried out a few things for pre-race meals (the night prior and morning of), but have yet to find something that really works for me.
I'd like to pick your brains and see what some of the other triathletes here chow down on.
pre-race dinner: 5 syrup-doused pancakes and a bowl of tuna salad. mmmmmmmm can't beat it, telling you.
breakfast: fruit or oatmeal. easily.
I usually go for something with Pasta the night before and the morning of depends on how much time I have and if I have access to a kitchen. 2 eggs and a piece of flex grain toast is my preferred meal. In a pinch a box of Frosted Flakes (no milk) and a Banana works to.
Dinner: Baked Chicken and rice and salad
Breakfast: Oatmeal w PBJ and a banana
Stick to something you're used to having. Don't eat anything exciting
I have tried grilled chicken and rice with a small salad the night before, as well as some type of pasta variation. Morning of I've tried mostly Kashi-type bars (whole oats, almonds, dried fruit).
I definitely would not want to venture out too far from what my stomach is comfortable with.
My meals the night before a race a varied and never been consistent. Though so far everything I've eaten hasn't killed me the next morning.
For pre-race breakfast I have a fairly high sugar/unhealthy combo but it has worked consistently. 1 Apple Fritter, 1 PKG Shot Blocks, 1 Energy Drink.
Pizza and beer
I tend to get sushi for the night before.
And the morning of I have gotten in an odd habit of eating rice, black beans, egg, and salsa. I also have a banana and a pbj sandwich handy just in case I need more food.
Breakfast before races: Coffee, stack of 3-4 pancakes with syrup, glass of OJ, and more coffee. I eat between 2 and 3 hours before the scheduled start time.
sushi night before
day of buttered bagel and snapple
Oh goodie, I'm not the only who eats sushi pre-race. I did have that before my first triathlon last year, just wasn't sure if it was a fluke or if it actually was a good meal to have the night before racing.
Night before: food, any food and a couple beers. Or maybe more than a couple.
Morning of: muffin/bagel with peanut butter and nutella, banana and some OJ.