Bike rac­ing is an art. Train­ing num­bers are only a small part of the puz­zle. To be a great bike racer, you need to be able to read a race, fol­low a wheel, cor­ner at speed, touch wheels. The list goes on and on. Y jenny trew

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i eat sim­ply and to fuel my train­ing. I gen­er­ally don’t cut any­thing out. I just try to make whole­some choices, and I Cha­ley smiths gen­er­ally avoid diet trends.

don’t con­stantly worry about hy­dra­tion the day of an event. My 2015 study blinded trained cy­clists to their ac­tual hy­dra­tion state us­ing a real or sham IV in­fu­sion. We found that, even when de­hy­drated to three per cent body weight, there was no pac­ing or power out­put dif­fer­ence over a 20 km TT in 35 C heat com­pared with when they were fully hy­drated. I’m not say­ing never to drink, but don’t use wor­ry­ing about hy­dra­tion as a men­tal crutch. (stephen che­ungf be­ing a daddy now, most of my own work­outs seem to be less than one and a quar­ter hours and some­times even just 15 to 20 min­utes long. I used to al­ways have some sort of drink with me think­ing I re­ally would ben­e­fit from just some elec­trolytes. I’ve done away with it com­pletely with my own work­outs be­ing so short. I now just drink and eat through the day as a nor­mal hu­man. Why? Be­cause I still feel great dur­ing and af­ter the work­outs and en­joy be­ing able to get those great lit­tle work­outs in with nearly zero Kmike gar­ri­g­ann prep time.

health comes first. Per­for­mance comes af­ter. There is no sus­tained per­for­mance with­out op­ti­mal health. It might work for a lit­tle bit, but it’s rarely a good long-term plan. (david gagnonf

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