Saying that food is important as an athlete is an understatement. Food is critical. Consuming a proper nutrient ratio a cyclist whether a beginner or intermediate significantly helps overall performance and recovery. When you think of energy, you must think of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the first source of energy that your body utilizes. Ensuring that you are consuming adequate amounts of carbohydrates throughout the day is very important. Equally important is consuming carbohydrates pre-workout. This allows for enough glucose to be present in your bloodstream that keeps blood sugar levels stable and also provides the cells with energy (becomes ATP).
When preparing for a bike race, I strongly recommend finding a pre-workout meal that works best for your body that contains carbohydrates and protein during your training. I also suggest that once you find the most optimal meal for yourself, repeat it on race day so you know your outcome (sustained energy, no cramping, no indigestion).
Gel packs are another useful quick carbohydrate source that also provide your body with electrolytes that are depleted during exercise. They are very easily metabolized which is why consuming them during a ride is very beneficial.
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-Christina Campbell, Holistic Nutritionist & Certified Personal Trainer
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