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Nutrition plays a vital role in cycling performance, both before, during, and after a ride. Proper nutrition can help you maintain energy levels, prevent fatigue, and aid in recovery. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of nutrition for cycling and provide tips on how to fuel your body before, during, and after a ride.

Pre-Ride Nutrition: Eating a balanced meal before a ride is important to ensure that you have enough energy to complete your ride. The meal should consist of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Good options include oatmeal with nuts and fruit, a turkey and avocado sandwich, or a quinoa salad with vegetables. Avoid eating high-fat or high-fiber foods as these can cause stomach discomfort during your ride.

During-Ride Nutrition: During longer rides, it's important to consume carbohydrates to maintain energy levels. This can be done by eating energy gels, energy bars, or sports drinks. It's also important to stay hydrated by drinking water or a sports drink. Aim to drink at least one water bottle per hour of riding.

Post-Ride Nutrition: After a ride, it's important to replenish lost nutrients and help the body recover. A good post-ride meal should include a mix of carbohydrates and protein. Good options include a turkey and avocado sandwich, a quinoa salad with vegetables and chicken, or a smoothie made with Greek yogurt and fruit. It's also important to drink water to rehydrate and to get enough potassium, sodium, and calcium to help repair muscles and replenish electrolytes.

In conclusion, proper nutrition is essential for cycling performance. By fueling your body with the right nutrients before, during, and after a ride, you can improve your energy levels, prevent fatigue, and aid in recovery. Remember to eat a balanced meal before a ride, consume carbohydrates during a ride, and replenish lost nutrients after a ride.

Thank you for checking out another episode of the what is cycling podcast and welcome to the first episode of 2023! On today’s episode, we have the artist and adventure cyclist, Mike Shisler, or as he would like to be known as an artlete. Mike reached out to me because he is also an author and wanted me to read his book about his bikepacking trip from Alaska to San Diego. I couldn't turn down the opportunity because a book with art, cycling adventure, and facts about the places he traveled is a no-brainer. Listen as we discuss van life, more bear encounters, and days with no night. Make sure to check out his book, Drawn There: The Art of Bikepacking in the link below.

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We are going to reach back into the vault for the blog post. The year was 2021.

I only competed in one race this year and wasn't going to do it unless my buddy talked me into it. In October, I was going to try and ride over 300 miles, therefore, my training had to reflect ultra-endurance training and not crit racing. I competed in the 2021 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic crit race and the 4/5 men's category. That morning meant that I had to wake up, eat and get in the car by 5 AM so we had enough time to get to Winston-Salem and get signed in. We got there with fifteen minutes to spare, which was not enough time to warm up. I got one practice lap and then we started. I don't want to give it away, but watch the video and see what took place.

I crashed out at the start of the third lap and had a front tire puncture, so I could not continue. It hurt to pay $40 to drive over three hours round trip for 1.6 miles. I'm going tubeless on the roadie too!

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