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What do you eat before a match?

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Post by sigman45 Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:09 pm

Hello All. I'm new to this site. I've been shooting bullseye matches for about 10 yrs.I just happened upon this site just a few weeks ago and decided to sign up. My question is what do you eat before a match? Does coffee drinking affect how one shoots ? I'm trying to get my scores up and been dry firing about an hr a day. 

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Post by rreid Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:49 pm

I like to eat a high protein breakfast !ike ham and eggs. I stay away from high carb stuff like pancakes or biscuits. If you normally drink coffee, drink it the day of the match, too. You don't want to shoot with caffeine withdrawal. Keep up the dry firing.
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Post by knightimac Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:59 am

Up until this past month, I always did my routine breakfast before matches like any other day.  Eggs, homefries, rye toast and small coffee.

Recently my son who is struggling with Lyme for three years, went to a new doctor.  The doctor put him on a fruit, veggie, fish, turkey & chicken type diet.  Whole foods and organic.  NO processed anything, soda, beer, coffee, wheat, gluten, beef, pork, diary, chesse etc...

I weaned myself off coffee and started to drink water and herbal tea.

I have seen my shooting get a little better since I dieted along with my son during this time.

Not scientific evidence just my experience.
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Post by Deerspy Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:43 am

knightimac, does that diet your son is on have a name, it sounds interesting and my wife has Lyme the doctor thinks but not sure what to do about it.

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Post by BE Mike Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:22 am

In "The Pistol Shooters Treasury" Blankenship says that he gave up tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. It helped his hold. When I was younger, I followed his advice. It helped tremendously. Most shooters like a light meal with high protein before shooting. I remember hearing that Zins eats a turkey sandwich.
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:25 am

BE Mike wrote:In "The Pistol Shooters Treasury" Blankenship says that he gave up tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. It helped his hold. When I was younger, I followed his advice. It helped tremendously. Most shooters like a light meal with high protein before shooting. I remember hearing that Zins eats a turkey sandwich.

When I was young I used to smoke drink & swear for nor reasonn......then I picked up a gun.
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Post by DavidR Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:00 pm

A hour before the match its a egg mcmuufin, and a caffeine free drink , after 22 a banana, light lunch before 45 match, but better scores are had if I just have another banana and a protein bar, water.
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Post by paw080 Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:51 pm

sigman45 wrote:Hello All. I'm new to this site. I've been shooting bullseye matches for about 10 yrs.I just happened upon this site just a few weeks ago and decided to sign up. My question is what do you eat before a match? Does coffee drinking affect how one shoots ? I'm trying to get my scores up and been dry firing about an hr a day. 

   Hello again all.


HI Sig, I usually eat a hot breakfast burrito, 2-3 doughnuts, and 2-3 cups of coffee.

The doughnuts and the last two cups of coffee are consumed during the match.

The coffee and doughnuts help my shooting attitude.... Laughing

Tony

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Post by LenV Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:23 pm

+1 on the egg mcmuffin. -1 on the caffeine free drink. Coffee drinkers need their coffee. I bring a thermos full to every match. I also think it is important to keep your blood sugar level. I bring sliced up "Old Wisconsin" summer sausage  and sliced Tillamook cheddar. I nibble all day long. Hmmm that might also explain my BMI. Very Happy
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Post by BE Mike Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:47 pm

STEVE SAMELAK wrote:
BE Mike wrote:In "The Pistol Shooters Treasury" Blankenship says that he gave up tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. It helped his hold. When I was younger, I followed his advice. It helped tremendously. Most shooters like a light meal with high protein before shooting. I remember hearing that Zins eats a turkey sandwich.

When I was young I used to smoke drink & swear for nor reasonn......then I picked up a gun.
I hear ya. I knew a fellow who shot bullseye and played golf. He must have doubled up on the swearing, drinking and smoking.  Smile
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Post by sigman45 Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:14 pm

Do a lot of shooters drink coffee before a match ? or do most not drink coffee at all ?

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Post by DavidR Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:53 am

what I have seen is if someone drinks caffeine drinks regular, they need it and not drinking it on match day doesn't work for them.
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Post by LenV Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:31 pm

The answer I got 40 years ago would still be the correct answer today. If you are a coffee drinker then drink coffee. If you are a smoker then smoke....But never do both. If you do a stimulant (coffee) and a depressant (tobacco) at the same time you will be twitchy. Twitchy and shooting don't mix.

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Post by weber1b Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:10 pm

I have learned to eat less sugar and more protein before a match. I do make sure I have eaten something so I don't get light headed. I do drink coffee every day, but now when I am going to shoot in the morning, I drink Mountain Dew, which has 40% of the caffeine of coffee. Enough to wake me up but not enough to give me the hand shakes.

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Post by Keyholed Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:06 am

Totally eliminating caffeine tends to do me no good, and timing is everything. I like a good meaty sandwich for lunch if it's an afternoon/evening shoot. I have a normal cup of tea in the morning (black, sugar and milk), and then water for the rest of the day. I don't normally consume any high-caffeine drinks in the afternoon anyway. For morning matches, the tea doesn't seem to hurt.

For tobacco, I haven't been able to kick it, but abstaining from that habit for 2 1/2-3 hours prior to shooting gives me good results. There's definitely a noticeable increase in shake immediately after smoking. Drinking plenty of water prior to the match, and fifteen or twenty minutes of breath exercises and meditation seems to both reduce the damage to my shooting, and counteract the symptoms of abstaining.

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Post by jmdavis Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:01 pm

I drank 45mg (half of a cup of coffee?)  of caffeine in water 1 hour ago. It raised my pulse by 10 bpm as checked 3 times over a 15 minute period after an hour.
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Post by weber1b Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:18 pm

Wow, given that that represents only 4 oz of coffee, that's a fair difference. After all, who only drinks only 4 oz of coffee?

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Post by jmdavis Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:40 pm

I may be particularly susceptible as far as caffeine goes. I generally only have a max of 75mg a day and that is all in the morning. I know that sugar before a match has me shaking in about an hour even without caffeine. 

What I should have done was see what happens when I drink the caffeine but eat a turkey sandwich at the same time.
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Post by RJP Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:36 pm

Whatever you eat, make it a light breakfast or lunch.

Avoid a heavy meal at all costs because within 1 hour the food will start to move past the stomach into the lower gut. It moves by peristaltic motion. That is the food is squeezed down the intestines by muscles that surround the intestine. This movement of food in the abdominal area makes it very hard to hold the sights still. I shoot my best with little or no food in my stomach.

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Post by GrumpyOldMan Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:00 pm

Enough protein and fat to avoid insulin rebound. Periodic light carbs/sugars are okay after that so long as I don't go long enough for the blood sugar to drop.

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Post by Ghillieman Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:57 pm

Small breakfast as to not get too sluggish and something to stimulate the brain. Coffee or energy drink.
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