Routine? Or Not?

Since I polished up the bike and revved up the old training machine these last few days, I've been focusing hard of re-establishing my routine. I feel it is important to establish a daily rhythm; when I stress my body with new stimuli on the bike, at least it has a routine off the bike it can relate to.

One such example is breakfast. After a vacation of tasty cereal and homemade muffins, I'm back on the oatmeal program. I used oatmeal to prepare for every day of training over the winter and it provides a flavourful option rich in fibre. Of course I use yogurt, flax meal, flax seed oil, raisins (can you believe that raisins are actually just dried grapes! who would thought?) and honey to spice it up.

Why? To start with, I can't stress enough how important it is to eat breakfast. Second, that your breakfast choices leave you prepared for the day ahead. Minimizing the glycemic index swing of each meal is an important trick to maintaining a consistent metabolism and controlling your hunger meter. Oatmeal with flax seed oil is a great way to do this. Eat healthy fats = body will burn fat.



Also....

New and exciting coaching program overhaul coming very soon! I'm looking forward to helping you find a routine that works for you.

Here are Molly Blust's thoughts from last season. Molly improved from a rider with 1 year experience to a Collegiate podium finisher in the Women's D2 Team Time Trial.

"I also wanted to thank you again for all your training, help, and support last year. You have totally changed the way I think about riding and training. When I first started working with you I would often ask myself while I was out riding, "What would Ben do?" This could have been if I didn't feel like doing one of my intervals or didn't quite wear enough clothes, etc... And while I would usually come up with an answer that would keep me healthy and safe, it was still the answer that I thought you would come up with. As I continued to use your training program I got to know my body and how far I could push myself as well as what I needed to be healthy and rested. I stopped asking myself what Ben would do and started asking myself "What should I to do keep MYSELF healthy and safe?" I started making decisions based on what I had learned about myself and my body from your training program and this has definitely made me a much stronger and more confident rider. You were always there when I had a question or a problem. You helped me get through the stress of thinking I had broken my wrist, supported me when I got back on the bike, and helped rebuild my confidence in the corners. You gave me confidence in going to nationals even though I had a couple rough weeks leading up to it and the email you sent me about what I should do/think about the day of the TTT was one that I read multiple times because it both inspired and pumped me up."

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Cycling in a Toque: Routine? Or Not?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Routine? Or Not?

Since I polished up the bike and revved up the old training machine these last few days, I've been focusing hard of re-establishing my routine. I feel it is important to establish a daily rhythm; when I stress my body with new stimuli on the bike, at least it has a routine off the bike it can relate to.

One such example is breakfast. After a vacation of tasty cereal and homemade muffins, I'm back on the oatmeal program. I used oatmeal to prepare for every day of training over the winter and it provides a flavourful option rich in fibre. Of course I use yogurt, flax meal, flax seed oil, raisins (can you believe that raisins are actually just dried grapes! who would thought?) and honey to spice it up.

Why? To start with, I can't stress enough how important it is to eat breakfast. Second, that your breakfast choices leave you prepared for the day ahead. Minimizing the glycemic index swing of each meal is an important trick to maintaining a consistent metabolism and controlling your hunger meter. Oatmeal with flax seed oil is a great way to do this. Eat healthy fats = body will burn fat.



Also....

New and exciting coaching program overhaul coming very soon! I'm looking forward to helping you find a routine that works for you.

Here are Molly Blust's thoughts from last season. Molly improved from a rider with 1 year experience to a Collegiate podium finisher in the Women's D2 Team Time Trial.

"I also wanted to thank you again for all your training, help, and support last year. You have totally changed the way I think about riding and training. When I first started working with you I would often ask myself while I was out riding, "What would Ben do?" This could have been if I didn't feel like doing one of my intervals or didn't quite wear enough clothes, etc... And while I would usually come up with an answer that would keep me healthy and safe, it was still the answer that I thought you would come up with. As I continued to use your training program I got to know my body and how far I could push myself as well as what I needed to be healthy and rested. I stopped asking myself what Ben would do and started asking myself "What should I to do keep MYSELF healthy and safe?" I started making decisions based on what I had learned about myself and my body from your training program and this has definitely made me a much stronger and more confident rider. You were always there when I had a question or a problem. You helped me get through the stress of thinking I had broken my wrist, supported me when I got back on the bike, and helped rebuild my confidence in the corners. You gave me confidence in going to nationals even though I had a couple rough weeks leading up to it and the email you sent me about what I should do/think about the day of the TTT was one that I read multiple times because it both inspired and pumped me up."

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