We are blasted with nutritional advice in every aspect of media, mostly with titles like "eat this" and "don't eat this." As athletes, we need to remember that what is recommended and works for the average sedentary individual may not work for us.
The best way to dial in your nutritional needs and identify any deficiencies is to work with a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist. This can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run, and most importantly, keep you healthy. And of course, help us perform better!
Along the lines of differing needs for athletes is this great article from the TrainingPeaks Blog about sodium. Sodium has been taboo in much of the population, but as you'll read here it's a necessary component of our diet. Check it out, talk to your doctor and nutritionist about it, and you might see you need to make a change. Particularly during the bit of a heat wave that much of the country is experiencing now.
Enjoy the read and the wonderful summer riding!
Why Athletes Need Sodium
JUNE 21, 2019 · BY ANDY BLOW
Some of you are coming into your big events of the year, some are just beginning to throw down, and the 'cross specialists are working on their base. Either way, your intensity may be increasing, and for many, the volume is going up a bit, too. In order to get the most from your racing and training, make sure you take some extra steps to give yourself every advantage possible.
Coach B.L. is the head coach at BJL Coaching and an avid racer and cycling enthusiast himself.