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  • Lets not jump in too deep here with presumptions of diabetes. There are multiple reasons for symptoms of:
    "Real lethargy and lack of sleep"
    Iron deficiency? Overtraining? Poor nutrition? Poor Hydration? High caffeine intake (stressed hormone response), High caffeine intake (poor absorption of vitamins/minerals).
    You GP needs to be aware of all your lifestyle factors!

  • What about fats? this is the body's second choice of fuel source, this kicks in when glycogen and carbs are not available....if fat is not available to convert, then your body will break down it's own protein (muscle) to provide energy, so do you eat fats to replace lack of carbs (Chris Boardman was keen).....and you will need a healthy liver!

    BTW 44 x 14 is a big gear.

  • Oddly enough diabetes did cross my mind after I made my last post.
    I don't know much about it but my cousin has diabetes and managed to run a half marathon over the summer. Obviously it's not so easy to refuel as you can't just stuff your face after training to replace nutrients/carbs etc. without having a big spike in blood sugars.
    I guess careful management of your intake is required, which I imagine you're used to, but perhapse more so when exercising?

    It is strange what you say anout being fine on gears, maybe try some different ratios, new sprockets only cost £10-15?

  • I'm surprised to find so few threads about fitness and training on here. The main one is in the track forum. http://www.lfgss.com/thread30549.html There is another older one which has some rather suspect youtube clips, which I didn't feel comfortable reviving.

    I've read elsewhere that strength training, which is a must for anyone who wants to avoid oestoporosis, is not very good for cycle training, although as someone who has a fitness background, I would disagree.

    I am a gym fanatic (there has to be one!). 3-5 times a week, doing cardio and weights and one aqua-aerobics class if I have the time. And then I'm out on my bike. I'm still reasonably unfit (recovering from an injury) so I only do a lap of about 5 miles. I also have a pilates machine at home which I use when I haven't been able to get to the gym.

    Do you do other training aside from cycle? Do you use bikes in the gym to supplement your cycling? What other exercise do you do? I'd particularly like to hear from those who are training for things like Dunwich. Is it just time in the saddle that brings on cycle fitness?

  • Depends who you ask.
    Most road cycling coaching books I've read have sections on weight training. Friel for example.
    Dave Lloyd certainly recommends it.
    It's typically done in the off-season along with some cross-training.

  • The track forum has a very good thread about training. The forum also has a number of members who are qualified BC coached and who are generally very helpful.

  • Thanks for all those links. I had read a number of them but they don't seem to tell me specifically what training or fitness other forum members are actually doing.

  • That would be revealing our secrets..

  • That would be revealing our secrets..

    Oh go on, you can tell me, I won't tell anyone... that is why I am called Shoosh!*

    *that is my story and I'm sticking to it.

  • I also have a pilates machine at home which I use when I haven't been able to get to the gym.

    i would love to have this. wouldn't fit in my flat though!!!

  • I also have a pilates machine at home which I use when I haven't been able to get to the gym. i would love to have this. wouldn't fit in my flat though!!!

    It is my second one. I sold my first when I had a huge clearout of fitness equipment and regretted it immediately. My latest is an aero pilates... wouldn't be without it.

  • i have only done mat pilates and i am a novice but my posture has changed a lott. i love it

  • Pilates was developed for people with bad backs. Josef was hip, but he wasnt a patch on Jois or and Iyengar. Get started on the ultimate wild fitness journey for body and mind, 3000 years old proven to work, garunteed results with dedication or your money back here:-
    http://www.lfgss.com/thread31438.html

  • That would be revealing our secrets..

    Pies, beer, drugs and midgets?

  • Do you do other training aside from cycle? Do you use bikes in the gym to supplement your cycling? What other exercise do you do? I'd particularly like to hear from those who are training for things like Dunwich. Is it just time in the saddle that brings on cycle fitness?

    With all due respect to those doing the DD, it's not exactly something that requires much in the way of "training" other than a few reasonable rides in the weeks leading up, being moderately fit and owning a well-fitting, serviceable bike.

    The nearest thing to a proper long race would be a cyclosportive where riders are competitive. Those guys would mostly have some sort of training plan, even if it isn't properly structured or phased.

    The amount and type of "off the bike" training would depend on the rider in question and his/her background, current fitness, current strength and future goals.

  • Cigarettes to keep body fat in check, expresso, occasional blow on Friday nights and loads of fast laps.

  • how long before that ^^way of wearing spare tubes (or even a tub, cos youre that hardcore) becomes fashionable...

  • When Rapha comes up with the Paul Smith's tubular jewellery.

  • expresso

    Are you going to edit that? You've touched a fucking nerve there.

  • No.

  • Pies, beer, drugs and midgets?

    Bang on!

    Vodka, porn, cake, swearing for recovery days.

  • This is how we do spell it and I must've overlooked it. Now it's too late - deal with it!

  • Expressohnoyoudidn't?!

  • Are you going to edit that? You've touched a fucking nerve there.

    The French spell it like that too. Annoying isn't it.

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