While many of us are aware of the need to eat more fresh fruits and veggies, drink more water and choose low fat foods, the reality is that within busy lifestyles it can be exceptionally useful to know a few of the key foods you can target in your diet to get the most nutrition bang for your bite.
What can’t you say about Lance Armstrong? Cancer survivor, seven time Tour de France winner, and bestselling author. The man is so famous that he is simply known to most people by his first name. Associated Press has named him ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ no less than four times and Time Magazine nominated him as one of the 100 most influential people. He is on first name basis with several ex United States presidents, has dated a number of celebrity women but still manages to be ‘of the people.’
Welcome to our new series, Pro-Files. In this series we will be investigating the favourite training grounds of Australia’s top riders and publishing them for you to ride. In this first of the series we decided that with the Scody National Road Championships approaching, people would like test themselves on the course and who better to talk us through it than current Australian Road Champion and Tour de France rider, Matthew Lloyd.
Your mother was right again— breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Failing to optimally fuel your body first thing in the morning can leave you more prone to fatigue, low concentration and may even make it more difficult for you to lose body fat. An optimal nutritional intake at breakfast will include at least one type of low glycaemic index, wholegrain carbohydrate as well as a source of nutrient rich protein. The slowly digesting carbohydrate will help regulate blood glucose levels throughout the morning while simultaneously refuelling the muscles.
As this is my first column, I thought I would introduce myself by recapping where the past 12 months have taken me. My year began with a win at the National Track Championships at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney. This secured me a start at the World Track Championships in Manchester where I won a bronze medal in the Scratch Race. This was definitely the highlight of 2008 for me.
Simon Clarke is one of the leaders of the ‘New Brigade’ of Aussie riders about to make their name in Europe. After several years riding for the southaustralia.com/AIS team he is about to move up to Senior Pro status riding for the Italian based Amica Chips-Knauf team. To date, Simon’s biggest win would probably be the 2008 U23 National Championship in Ballarat. That victory was sweet after placing second to Wesley Sulzberger the previous year. Simon also won the Grand Prix San Venden Enano, was second in the Grand Prix Capodarco and fourth in the U23 Tour of Flanders.