Bike Season Here I Come!
We are here! My favorite seasons have begun – Spring, Summer, and fall. And with the outdoors finally turning to a warmer temp, I am excited to get going on biking and rollerblading! We are currently two weeks out from the first bike tour on my list for 2009, The Minnesota Ironman. With this knowledge I have to admit that I have yet to take the bike out of the garage yet in 2009.
Today while at the YMCA, I was reading a biking magazine that geared me up for the seasons upon us. There was an interesting article on smart snacking – which is something I am trying to achieve but still am battling to wrap my head around the fact that what I put in me for food should be good for me and work for the betterment of me.
- Don’t be so disciplined in what you eat during the day that it backfired at night and you end up stuffing your face with anything within reach.
- Keep low cal snacks at hand that fill you up: fresh fruit, vegies, oatmeal, and popcorn.
- Eating wholegrain cereal with skim milk at night is a combo of fiber ad carbs that will stick with you until breakfast.
- Get 8 hours of sleep.
- Pre event nights you should have plenty of low fat or fat free carbs to energize you for the first part of your bike ride. Items would include – fat free yogurt, low fat milk shakes, 100% fruit juices.
- Limit consuming fried foods and ice cream – these foods have far more calories than your body needs to meet short term energy goals. The excess calories are stored in your body as fat.
- Get your carbs from vegetables and whole grain. These carbs are slowly released into your bloodstream for longer lasting energy. Carbs from sweets are rapidly absorbed.
- Drink or eat a recovery snack within an hour after working out. Have a protein bar, or yogurt to replenish.
- Eat smaller meals (4 to 6) rather than 2 or 3. Eating smaller amounts of food several times a day minimizes excess calories being stored.
- Get enough omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 boosts a healthy heart. You can find this in wild salmon (a fav of mine!) flaxseed, and mackeral. Omega 3 also increases metabolic rate.
I have spent some time with my cousin Jarrod this past week looking at a bike upgrade from my current bike. While I love my current bike, he is trying to assist me in getting set up for a bike that will handle these longer treks better. While I love my current bike – it is kind of exciting to explore these new bikes.
I am looking forward to the upcoming Ironman Ride. Its not to late if anyone wants to sign up and ride along! We will head up the night before and stay over – ride – and return.
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