When it comes to putting hours on the bike - I don’t have any problems. I love it in fact. But continuing to progress in competitive cycling isn’t just about what you do on the bike, it’s what you do off of it.
And of the off the bike things to do (like rest, weight room, etc.) nutrition is by far my biggest limiter. Joe Friel talks about limiters when he walks you through the 6 different kinds of fitness you need on the bike. Well, I see nutrition as a bigger limiter to future performance then any weakness I might have there.
So, I’ve been working on taking a focused approach - without also destroying my budget. There are lots of articles and methods flying around for weight loss right now - but I’m hoping weight loss is just one of the results of better nutriton - it’s NOT THE ONLY AIM. When it comes to methods that have worked for me in the past - and seeing the consistent obesity on both sides of my family - it’s apparent my body doesn’t not do well with white/sugar carbs AT ALL.
So, I’m going with a low glycemic index nutriton plan. Will still have carbs but will seek to get them more from things like sweet potatoes, fruits, etc. This week is the first test in which the nutrition plan needs to account for morning workouts (2-3 hour rides or commuting plus gym time) after I get to work and need something, lunches, and pre-ride snacks (lead several group rides a week after shop closes).
$30 for 6 days of lunches and snacks:
* 3 sweet potatoes baked - 1/2 of one for lunch a day
* giant container of salad + bag of mixed veggies for salad each dady
* chicken tenders grilled, chopped, to be eaten with salad
* bananas for pre-ride
* 12 eggs baked for lunch/snack
* almonds and raisins for pre-ride/snack
The goal is to keep it all high nutrition calories, keep my sugar balanced cause I struggle with that, but to kept my highly active lifestyle feed and energized.
Half way through day one and I’m feeling hopeful, just have to stay at it now! Anyone else planned things out like this for themselves before?