Category: Nutrition

By Jim Argabright There are a number of American “classics” in cycling that have gained near cult status and become a “must ride” for any amateur cyclist worthy of their salt. One of these classics is the “Hotter ‘n Hell …

Surviving the Hotter ‘n Hell Read More »

Research clearly shows that drinking fluids during extended exercise sessions improves performance, and that taking on calories during exercise enhances endurance in events lasting more than an hour. The research comparing different exercise drinks shows that if you like your …

Tip: Choosing Your Exercise Drink Read More »

by Heather D’Eliso Gordon, CSSD Question: A teammate of mine was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. She has been eating a gluten-free diet for about a month and is riding much stronger during her training rides and races. Would you …

Should I Eat Gluten Free? Read More »

Question: I’ve heard a lot lately about the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiencies and the need to take supplements. Should I be taking Vitamin D? As an athlete, is there any harm to being deficient or any positive benefits in having …

Nutrition Q & A Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin. Do I need to supplement? Read More »

Q: I want to lose 10 pounds to improve my racing performance. Is that possible during my race season? A: This question is much more difficult to answer this time of year because most riders are in their pre-race or …

Nutrition Q & A: In-Season Weight Loss Read More »

Nutrition Spotlight by Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD It’s nothing new to athletes that protein is an important nutrient for training and recovery. Scientific studies abound about the benefits of protein in the diet. What’s missing for most athletes are …

The Power of Protein – The Power of Knowledge Read More »

by Heather D’Eliso Gordon RD, CSSD Consider for a moment all that it takes to be an athlete. Physical ability, mental capacity, motivation, commitment, drive, time demands, family-life balance, money, skill, a vision, not to mention blood, sweat and tears. …

Sports Nutrition Coaching — What It’s Worth Read More »

Question: “I understand that my pre-race meal should contain a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat, but it’s difficult to find concrete examples to follow. What are some real food examples that I could eat before my race?”  Answer: Eating a …

Nutrition Q & A: Getting real with pre-event meals Read More »

by Raynelle Shelley My roommate and I are trying to bring our weight down. My strategy is to simply cut back on portions, though I haven’t really changed the makeup of what I eat. Although my roommate hasn’t really cut …

Nutrition Q &A: When is a calorie just a calorie? Gluten-free and other foods and their effects on ideal weight Read More »

This month rather than expound for several pages on a single topic, I’ll present short responses to some frequent questions in winter training. If you race you probably have thought of some of these yourself and applying these answers will …

Winter Base Training Q & A Read More »

by Wenzel Coaching Experts Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD and K.C. Wilder PhD Q:  Help! I’m addicted to diet soda, the bubbles and the taste. I know it’s bad for me, but it’s become a crutch during my workday. Any …

Nutrition Q & A: The addictive powers of diet soda Read More »

Q:  Now that I am in full swing with my racing season, I am noticing that I am not recovering well after races or hard training days. My legs are heavy and I just don’t have that edge I need …

Eat Like a Pro — Eating enough carbohydrates is a key to success Read More »

Q: Do I need to drink fluids during a time trial that lasts longer than 20 minutes? A: The answer to this question lies in the answer to this: Do you know your sweat rate? Generally speaking, you probably know …

Nutrition Q &A: Fluid Needs During a Time Trial Read More »

by Raynelle Shelley, RD Fall is the start of the “off-season” for many road cyclists, mountain bikers and triathletes.  Off-season, as we all know, does not mean ceasing all forms of exercise but it is the time to reduce the …

Lose Weight This Winter with Purposeful Eating Read More »

Q: I read with interest your Diet Guidelines Handout. Your summary of daily intakes and so on makes a lot of sense.  I did have one question about your recommendation of 1/4 to 1/3 g protein per pound of body …

Nutrition Q &A: Protein Intake Read More »