Nice write up. I've had a tree or two clean me off my bike, being a desert guy I don't like them much
As for energy food, when I'm going to be prerunning all day I pack 3 or 4 peanut butter and honey sandwiches in my back pack or fanny pack. Plenty of energy in these and they don't have to be kept cool,(ie-wont spoil in the heat
). I also use Hammer Gel from Hammernutrition during the race. I keep it in a small sports top plastic flask that is attched to the front of my chest protector in a cell phone holder/pouch. When I come into a pit I just pull it out and take a shot with some water and I'm good to go.It takes less time than putting fuel in the bike. I also eat a banana or 2 about 30 minutes before the start. All good energy food that is easy on the stomach and easy to carry.