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Old 06.08.2017, 21:39
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Re: Cycling in Rolle, Gland, Nyon and surroundings

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I'd say that after an hour of decent effort you have probably used up your on-board fuel so need to take on some more.. But by the time the legs have died it's a bit late .. So best fuel up a little before it happens, like a gel every 30-40 mins after the first hour.

In my humble opinion you have trained quite aggressively without much recovery hence running out of fuel sooner, you probably have less fuel to start with on the rides.

But I'm no expert I just did similar to you, i trained quite hard, built to a decent level, achieved what I wanted - to be able to cycle up and over the Jura and to complete the 187km tour de lac in a decent time.. Now I've moved on to crossfit

The GCN videos are really informative, short and to the point and usually quite fun, made by actual cyclists .. definitely look them up.
Haha crossfit seems to have taken the world by storm. I have no reference for what is aggressive training in cycling (was a runner beforehand) but I think you are right - i will try those gel things and actually educate myself a bit on how to manage performance. I am just totally in love with cycling. Always been into sport but had a serious accident 2 years ago which meant no real sport until 6 months ago and then slow stuff like walking, then pedaling an indoor cycling bike, then weights etc. But never running again. So when I got the go ahead to cycle, I was so excited to just... feel like I was using my body a bit haha.

Anyway, thank you again for your help!!! Really appreciate it let me know if you ever up for an early morning geneva-lausanne cycle.

Em
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Re: Cycling in Rolle, Gland, Nyon and surroundings

A nice cycle I can recommend is if you are in Nyon. Going from Nyon round to Geneva over the lake and on to Yvoire. Its about 50km. In Yvoire you can look round enjoy the town, eat some fillet de pesche and drink some wine then jump on the ferry back over to Nyon.

A similar route can be done from Geneva, you then have the option to either take the train from Nyon back to GVA or to cycle back
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Re: Cycling in Rolle, Gland, Nyon and surroundings

Hi Emmy,
My name is Nick, I live in Aigle and am also new in sunny Suisse.

After reading your post, I can say without doubt your body is screaming out for more carbs. It sounds like you have made an aggressive start to cycling, which is awesome!!! But the more anaerobic you become and the harder you push your body, the more your body requires glycogen, which is only available through carbohydrates. If your body is an engine, fats and proteins are like the coal that will keep you going all day, at a steady pace. But carbs are the kerosine that your engine needs when it is put under stress.

I had similar problems when I began racing. Typically being someone who lived on a High Fat, low carb diet, I faced similar issues and found that I could dig deep, but the longer the ride got, the less my body was able to recover, simply, it was in a glycogen deprived state. When I finally bit the bullet and went and saw a nutritionist, he shed light on the fact that to push your body, there's no getting round it, you need a carb rich diet (but fats and proteins are also vital) Plus with you doing 400 km per week, which is a tonne for someone new to cycling, you probably need to factor in 2 days of rest throughout the week, as you probably aren't giving your body long enough to recover.

Eating during a ride is also vital, on a typical 3-4 hour ride, especially in this heat + mountains, you need to be shoving down at least 1 bar per hour and a couple of gels, because you lose all your minerals through sweat, which inevitably leads to cramping, which I don't know about you, but I suffer with badly if I don't eat and drink plenty during a ride.

I hope this helps and please feel free to fire back a response. I'm also always keen for a partner in crime to help explore this picture perfect postcard of a country.

See you out on the road,
Nick
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