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What to eat before a ride

What you eat before a ride play's a big factor in how you feel when riding.   Eat too much and you feel full, bloated and a little sick.   Too little and you quickly bonk and lose focus and concentration.  So the key first of all is to find what  works for you personally. Some people  have faster digestions...some work better off high carb and others on lower carbs. ​​​​​​​When you eat...and in what quantity...will vary person to  person. There are however, simple guidelines you can stick to  to give you a good idea of what to eat before you ride The length of your ride will dictate what you should eat. Anything less than 2 hours and you'll be fine  having a...

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It's not the bike holding you back. It's you.

There's not much in this world that's more exciting  than ordering new bike gear/components. Maybe when it arrives is slightly more exciting. But it gives you a proper buzz doesn't it?!  I ordered some new tyres and brakes over the weekend. AMinion DHF for the front, High Roller II for the back and some Shimano XT's. I'm on Hope Tech 2 brakes at the minute that are good, but I want something a little more 'on and off' so I've gone for the XT's. Tyres - I currently roll Specialized Ground Control's which are fantastic  in the dry but horrendous in the mud. Most of my crashes have  been the front wheel washing out in mud (I know...it's not just the...

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Weightloss for mountain biking (4/4)

This week we have covered 3 of the 4 main factors  when it comes to losing weight for your riding.   Now it comes to training!    There are tons of ways you can train to lose weight to benefit your riding.   I like a combination of 3 main ways :    1. Mountain Bike Rides   2. Interval training sessions (either inside or out)   3. Weight/bodyweight training   A week structured around all the above will get you the best  results both when it comes to losing weight...but also improving  your fitness and strength on the bike too.   The way you split your week will completely vary from person to person but lets assume we have a...

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Weightloss for mountain biking (3/4)

So I was having a conversation an hour ago with my last client of the day. We were talking about a video from a couple of PT's picking wholes in what Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach does. Listen...when it comes to losing weight and it comes to nutrition (the 3rd of this week's 4 factors) there is no one perfect diet.  The French eat plenty of baguettes and cold meats.   The Germans start the day with a large meat breakfast.   The Japanese eat a load of sushi.   Thai people eat lots of noodles.    Italians pasta.   Greeks...Greek food.   The fact of the matter is you can be healthy, and you can be slim eating...

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Weightloss for mountain biking (2/4)

Yesterday we talked about how moving more helps  you increase your calorie burn. Today we talk about the little considered factor when it comes to losing  weight...and that's sleep! Now first of all - lack of sleep will not make you fat.   You can still lose weight on 2 hours of sleep a night.   It just makes it harder.    You should be getting 6-8 hours of good quality sleep a night.   Sleep deprivation has tons of negative effects   Cortisol, a stress hormone, increases when you are sleep  deprived.   Cortisol, when it's elevated all the time, has a  muscle breakdown effect - meaning you'll be losing the  precious muscle that you need for your riding.    As well...

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