To bike well, one has to eat well.
Early morning sessions are always tough, but focussing on a good breakfast will definitely get you through the session without bonking! I am referring to high-intensity sessions like 30second VO2 max intervals, or 1minute intervals, long IRONMAN or 70.3 race-specific intervals. These sessions shouldn’t be done on an empty stomach because you just won’t hit the numbers and you’ll end up feeling useless, hopeless and negative.
So, here are my tips on what to eat before a morning session:
It’s important to eat within 20 minutes of completing your workout for your body to absorb the nutrients and recover optimally.
Try to add a combination of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to your ‘second breakfast’ or even lunch. Eggs, cheese, good quality bread, avocado, beans, and pulses are good examples of this.
Natia Van Heerden