Day 1 – Putting my body in check #nutrition

So… I’ve been working on trying to figure out why my body is so sore all the time. I know that I ride my bike and workout a lot but I wasn’t aware that I worked out a bit too much, or that since I work out so much that I should work on my nutrition better.

Since I ride my bike and am training my body to be able to handle large numbers of miles per day as well as long hours, I do everything to stay hydrated. 99% of my fluid intake is water or water with flavoring and my food intake is mostly veggie based. Today I found out that I’m burning off so much more calories than the average athlete and I am not putting them back quick enough. Just Monday alone I burned almost 6,000 calories during two bike rides and yesterday (Tuesday) I burned another almost 2k calories. My food intake during that time was probably less than 1k so yes my muscles hurt a lot, so today I start to keep up with my intake and outgoing calories via MyFitnessPal App.

First of all, I must send out a very huge thank you to Victoria and Dave at Bikes and Life (Scottsdale AZ) for the nutritional tips and guidance to get me started on this venture; these guys truly take great care of us.

This Officially starts Day 1 of my Nutrition venture to better help me to keep my body better hydrated and with a better intake to help me keep the muscles not so sore so I can ride my bike even more. Now don’t get me wrong, I eat very well I just don’t put enough in my body to cover what I’ve used up during my work out; I didn’t realize that the pain was due to a lower replacement of burned calories. So for the next 2 weeks, I’m going to keep track of everything I eat versus my workout and then kick back with Victoria and see how to better things, fingers crossed.

yummies

I love to make these huge burritos after a ride. Black beans, refried beans, Mexican rice and salsa on a locally made tortilla calls for an excellent meal and it is one that I have very often. I tend to make these burritos at least 1 time a day and they are about 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. I use about 1/3 can of refried beans, 1/3 can of black beans, and a half bag of 10-minute rice to make these awesome burritos, they’re so yummy though probably not enough based on my mileage during a bike ride. I’m looking forward to seeing how much more my intake will change during this adventure as well as if doing this helps with the muscle pains.

On another subject yesterday my bike got some tweaks and repairs woohoo.

I had been noticing some strange grinding noises when I start to climb or go fast on my bike so I mentioned it to Dave yesterday and he instantly grabbed my bike and put it on the stand and says “let’s check it out”. He then started discussing with me as to where the noise was and proceeded to explain to me possibilities and things we could do to check, we did them all. Dave went through my bike with a fine tooth comb and then opened up my crank to thoroughly clean each individual component while explaining to me what was what and how things worked and why. Within about a half an hour he had cleaned and reassembled my crankset and the noise was completely gone. Dave even took the time to do a walk through on my bike pointing out some adjustments to help me feel more comfortable on my bike since we added the Tri bars a few days before, then he began fitting the changes for my posture.

All and all every day is an adventure between progression in ride and training to an increased knowledge of what is what with my bike, huge thanks to Bikes and Life for the excellent support and friendship. Time to get a little rest before tomorrow mornings ride, woohoo. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

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