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TOOLBOX: Planning the whole nutrition for a multi-stage race in the UCI calendar is no easy task and requires coordination not only with the athletes but also with many staff members who are a crucial part of a cycling team. Today, I show you a Nutritionists’ perspective on what is required of us nutritionists in such scenario.
Toolbox: Unfortunately, the timing to talk about cycling injuries is quite good, with major injuries to Chris Froome and even our own Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung. What’s the role of proper nutrition during the recovery and rehabilitation process? How should your diet be modified during this time?
You might think that at the 'PezCycling Test Kitchen' we only undertake our continuing research into the efficacy of beer as a recovery aid but in fact we actually try out recipes. The latest concoctions come from a new book called Sport Smoothies, smoothies so outstanding that even we can make delicious ones.
TOOLBOX: “Did you know that you don’t need to ingest your energy drink? A simple carbohydrate mouth rinse for a few seconds can increase your exercise performance…” At least that’s how I first heard of it 10 years ago while on my Nutrition and Dietetics degree.
Caffeine and cycling goes together like few other things in life, and the coffee stop at the end of the ride is often the whole reason for many of us to clip into the pedals to begin with. Can we further justify the caffeine as a recovery tool after a hard ride?
Toolbox: Skeletal muscle cramps are highly prevalent in endurance sports and often affect cyclists during racing events when the intensity of physical exertion is very high and the duration is long. But what causes them and how can pickle juice help relieve muscle cramps?
Toolbox: Carbohydrate-rich foods have gone through heaven and hell in the past decades. While the role of carbohydrates is well recognized in enhancing cycling performance, it seems that the perfect harmony lies in eating according to the workout you are going to perform.