Words by Lori Nedescu, MS RDN LD
Founder of Cadence Kitchen
I recently raced the women’s PRO1/2 Cascade Cycling Classic. It was my first time competing at that level (read about my experience), not only that, it was my first time racing for more than 2 days in a row. Why does that matter? Well other than increasing leg fatigue, the dietitian in me immediately thought: how do I fuel for 5 days of long, intense racing?!
Over fuel and you’re left feeling sluggish, weighed down and potentially dealing with GI problems. Under fuel and you’ll be running out of energy and watching the peloton ride away from you. Not consuming enough will also promote poor recovery and increased risk of injury.
Priorities are to FUEL + REPLENISH + RESTORE + HYDRATE:
Fuel your body’s energy needs for the current day’s race.
Refuel your body to recovery from the current day’s race; replenish glycogen stores + tissue repair.
Fuel your body for normal health and metabolic functioning; balance, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients.
Prepare your body for the next day’s energy demands.