TIP 3: LONGER TRAINING EFFORTS
For longer rides, our effort is a bit lower (slow enough to have conversation) and it’s easier to enjoy more whole foods during training. Some of our favorites include: Bear Bites, Crunchy Bars, a banana, or leftover pancakes with peanut butter and jelly.
TIP 4: HIGH-INTENSITY TRAINING
When training gets more intense, food needs to be easier to get down and quick to digest so your body can get the carbohydrates to working muscles ASAP. For these types of workouts, we typically reach for a gel or drink mix for the calories we need to go hard.
TIP 5: MAINTENANCE
For key training days or events, it’s not only important to start with enough fuel in the tank, but also to keep topping the tank off. This means eating a solid pre-training meal and continuing to consume calories throughout your workout. We aim to eat something every 30-45 minutes. Just like your car starts to sputter and struggle on an empty fuel tank, your body can’t perform at is best when it doesn’t have enough energy to keep going.
TIP 6: EAT TO TRAIN, AND TRAIN TO EAT
Just like you have to train your muscles to pedal, run, paddle, etc. you have to train your stomach to digest food while your muscles are active. Practice eating while you are training for an event, and don’t be afraid to try different foods so you and your stomach know what and when to eat to keep those muscles going!
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