I'm a white belt with 2 competitions under my belt (one no gi, the other gi). In the first, registration was at 9am, yet I didnt get to compete until almost 7pm. Not knowing when I was up, I barely ate anything all day. In the second, it was a similar story. We were told it should be over by 4pm. Registration was at 10, matches started at around 1pm, and my first match wasnt until after 4. Then I had two others, almost right after each other... ie/ no energy. So basically, I didnt eat properly on the day of the competition, which added to the adrenaline, nerves, etc, meant I didnt do as well as I perhaps could have. Nonetheless, it was all good experience. I'm hoping to be a little better prepared for my next comp, which is next Saturday. To the regulars, what do you normally eat the day(s) before the competition and also the day of the competition. How much time do you allow before your last meal/snack (whatever) and your first match?