Never is/was Nutrition more important than now. I never realized how important nutrition was for an endurance athlete until now. Why? I just completed a course in Sports Nutrition (as part of my USA Cycling CEU Coaching requirements) and figured I'd share some of that info with you and try to summarize it in a single chart (see below).
Proper Carbohydrate intake is necessary to resynthesize glycogen used during exercise before the next training period begins. This is NOT the time of the year to be going on an Atkins (low-Carb) diet. (More on that in a future blog). In addition to the correct amount of Carbs needed, timing of Carb intake is important. Proper Protein intake, Fat intake, Vitamin and Mineral supplementation, and Water also play an important role in the body. Lets face it, we're just not getting the proper nutrients from "processed" foods we eat these days.
BTW, just because you're entering the Build Phase does NOT mean that your strength training days in the gym are over. It just means that instead of working out resistance training and working core muscles 3 days a week, you can limit them to 1-2 days per week. Oh, and don't forget to get proper rest..you're going to need it with the tougher workouts around the corner.
Power ON! Coach Rob