So that is what I did. I dove into on the bike training and the off-the-bike lifestyle. One very fascinating lifestyle I discovered in my studies is the ancient East Indian practice of Ayurveda. Through a series of questions assessing your lifestyle and body type, you are slotted into 1 of 3 'types' (a mix between 2 types or all 3 types is also possible). These types provide insight into when you will perform the three fundamental tasks best throughout the year; these tasks include 1) physical strength, 2) digestion & recovery and 3) brain function. These tasks are also are used to break up the day.
Physical Strength: 6am-10am
Brain Function: 2pm-6pm
Physical Strength: 6pm-10pm
Brain Function: 10pm-2am
Digestion & Recovery: 2am-6am
Have you ever worked past 10pm and then can't go to sleep for hours? Do you enjoy working out in the morning...what about that post-work group ride? Maybe you don't think well in the afternoon's, Ayurveda accuses a poor diet as the reason, suggesting you eat 80% of your daily calories in the middle of the day, followed by a 15 lie down on your left side (stomach on the left), then a 15-25 minute brisk walk.
Although I cannot really abide by these rules since I am training full time, they do offer an interesting insight into the importance of respecting and listening to our body clocks.
Learn more about Ayurveda here
. In Sanskrit: Ayurveda literally means 'science of life and longevity'.