I normally have 1 cup of coffee per day. Sometimes a weak 2nd cup about lunch if I am really dragging at work. Otherwise, I have cut caffeine successfully for several years now.
The podcast discussions on it lowering RPE and helping with racing has me curious to add it to the racing regimen. Most of my races are Xterra off-road Triathlons. Times range from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
My question is about testing and determining the amount to take for a race. And when to take it. (in my case, how far ahead of the start - marathon events are a different timeline).
Most of my training happens first thing in the am, where even adding coffee would take too much time. Or a group ride in the evening, where sleep is hard enough afterwards without caffeine.
I worry about too much and getting all jittery in a C race (I have 1 this year) and having things fall to pieces. Start w 2 strong cups of joe?
Hopefully this makes sense.