For distance cyclists, it’s vital to have a basic understanding of how to fuel the body for effective performance. Regardless of the percentage of carbohydrates, fat and protein eaten, it is important that the calories burned should be matched by the calories consumed. The same is true for hydration. Experience and experimentation will allow individuals to determine their personal baseline requirements for calorific, electrolyte and water intake per hour. However it is important to provide all cyclists with guidelines so that during long distance events and training they avoid the dangers of "hitting the wall" as the marathon runners term it.
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