You aren’t going to cycle around the world – but you can still optimise your performance in whatever you do. Start small, and build up
“There’s no point getting in a wind tunnel if you haven’t got the basics of your bike set-up sorted,” says Beaumont’s performance manager Laura Penhaul. “And there’s no need to take supplements if you aren’t eating properly. Make sure you’re getting enough protein and nutrients from food first, then worry about the rest.”
A lost day is gone for good, whether you’re on the bike or in the office. “Hand sanitiser, good-quality sleep and keeping your immunity up can make all the difference,” says Penhaul. Keep your bedroom cool to mimic our cavedweller’s natural snooze environment, and experiment with magnesium spray pre-bed.
Even with limited time off the bike, Beaumont will take time to recharge his brain. You’ve got more hours in the day. “Mindfulness is good. I like the Headspace app,” says Penhaul. “Ten minutes of complete emptiness can release feelgood hormones and have a huge physiological impact on your nervous system.”