We recently had the pleasure of discussing nutrition with Dave Coulson. Dave has enjoyed and survived many years as a pro-rider and had for the past few years managed pro teams and upcoming riders.
You’ve just completed that long ride or intense race and have successfully managed to keep the body suitably ‘fed and watered.’ It’s time to put the feet up and rest but not after the usual cool down stretch.
Finding a convenient and effective way to train when conditions are seemingly against you is made possible with the use of certain training aids. Of course you could invest in a static exercise bike, but they usually don’t compare to the feel of your regular bike. This is where the humble turbo trainer excels!
For many years the hardened club rider has been aware of avoiding the sudden drop in energy which can take all the enjoyment out of the days cycling. What should have been a good ride with the mates becomes an exercise in survival and has been known to deter the newcomer from coming again.
We’ve all been there. Starting to feel a little tired and looking forward to the return leg of the days cycling after a brief stop at a favourite café or some such. That toasty, piece of cake, flapjack and drink not only lifts the spirits but helps refuel for that ride back home.
We are aware of the importance of keeping our energy levels up when out for the long or hard ride but we often forget how vital it is to keep the body hydrated. It has been said that if you only drink when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated and the body is suffering and working harder to compensate.
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