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Overdoing it . . . .

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Between a long extended winter, a short spring, family responsibilities, a few mechanical issues and business travel, I have not ridden my bike much this year. Only 450 miles so far.

Two weeks ago, I only managed 41 miles. So this weekend provided the perfect intersection of time and good weather . . . . I snuck in a 27 mile ride and a 31 mile ride back to back giving me a 90+ mile total for the week and breaking a cycling rule of thumb only to increase mileage by 10% per week. My knees are telling me not to disobey that rule of thumb until I am in much better shape.

I'm still figuring out eating right to allow a productive day after my rides. Eating protein afterwards seems to help. But I am really feeling drained and unfocused on days after I ride15 or more miles. I think I might actually resort to reading a cycling oriented training book!
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SPEEDYDOG 5/20/2013 8:45AM

    Reading a cycling oriented training book!!!?? C'mon, flying blind is the way to go! Well, not really. Most of the cycling training books I have only talk about hydration and energy related nutrition during a ride.

I personally with drink a carbo/protein shake after a long hard ride. I also drink quite a bit of water.

There is really no help for either of us if we really overdo it! We are guys, overdoing it is in our nature!

Thanks, Bruce

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ELIDET 5/19/2013 7:34PM

    I hope you don't mind if I share this tip to help you eat protein after you bike workout without much effort!

At the beginning of the week, I buy chicken and boil all of it in water. Plain.
After it cools down, I shred and debone the chicken, and put 3 servings in each freezer bag (I have a family of 3) and put them in the freezer.

I defrost it the morning in the regular fridge, so when I want dinner ready, all I have to do is heat up my chicken and it's done!

I can make chicken fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, plain chicken with a side of veggies in 10 minutes! This can help you get your protein while not spending time in the kitchen making yourself a meal.

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