Recently I started riding my bike for exercise in a fairly serious manner. By serious I mean I bought the Training Bible for Cycling by Joe Friel and built out a 24 week training program. This basically involves me riding 6 to 7 days a week for various amounts of time/effort using a linear progression format. Last week was considered an easy week and I rode 82 miles, on my mountain bike.
While it was an easy week I still did a functional threshold heart rate(FTHR) test on Friday. This involves a warm up and then going hard for 20 minutes. Then you take the average heart rate for those 20 minutes and calculate your FTHR. From there you figure out your heart rate training zones and know where you need to ride.
The reason I bring all of this up is that I started feeling tired the last few days. Part of this was that I rode really hard for the test on Friday and my body was recovering. The other part is that I had not adjusted my meals to compensate for the extra calories I have been burning up.
Then I remembered about the No Meat Athelete website. Kate and I used this site and book extensively when we trained for and raced in the 2 Half Ironman Triathalons we did back in 2014. The reason we like NMA so much is that it is straight forward and simple. Here is a list of what to eat. Eat till you are full. Done.
Made up one of my old standards: Banana, Collard Greens smoothie and am feeling better already. I add flax seeds, chocolate chips and water. Super tasty and healthy. Next up: Lentils over Quinoa.
Keep on keepin on yall!