The ability to keep your team wanting to consume fuel is always difficult in long trail activities. So many foods become dicey when the body is in constant distress.
That means a trail driver has to have a few small items that will override their team’s desire to eat. And I will tell you nothing has made the “Thank Sweet Heaven” list more often than pie.
Now the key is to have a really good looking pie, one that will override any other message that their body is getting. Yes, I am talking about food porn.
Key lime pie can turn the tide on a hot afternoon, plus the few bites they will accept will have a tremendous amount of pure fuel to delight the gut into delivering happy things to the bloodstream as quickly as possible. Tummies like food, and actual food will keep your athletes healthier on the trail.
Over the years we’ve had some other winners – fresh cherry pie in fall, and in cold harsh climates a hot apple pie or oatmeal will win them over. I absolutely will try to make sure they smell that delicious cinnamon to get them to crave food. (We will talk about cold trail running in a different blog.)
My advice is to showcase using the powers of sight and smell. If you have ever smelled a great breakfast that made you hungry, you know exactly what I mean.
Take a minute and set up shop – a bigger pie with smaller takeaway bites so they can choose to just take one bite or pilot an entire piece into the pie hole and settle in with a few extra recovery minutes to sit and enjoy a sweet guilty pleasure.
Pie is your friend.