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medical,diet advice needed(7 posts)

medical,diet advice neededzooog
May 26, 2002 7:04 AM
I am a recreational rider. Avg 18 miles per day when working and 20-35 when not working. I am having the following problems. terrible fatigue after riding. But this does not always lead to pleasant slumber. Also BP is quite high for my age(36). Is there source I can look for proper nutrition for a fairly active person. I know I must cut down on sodium(one of my big problems). I have no physical problems when I ride. Any advice or direction would be helpful and yes my MD is following. No Rx Meds..yet. THANKS
re: medical,diet advice neededgtx
May 26, 2002 7:35 AM
Besides making sure you're not pushing yourself too hard and that you're getting proper recovery, I'd recommend trying Cytomax. It's made a pretty big difference for me and I know quite a few people who feel the same way about the stuff (it's different than your more generic sport drinks like Gatorade). I fill one bottle with a fairly potent mixture (1.5 scoops) and the other with plain water. They sell it at most bikes shops, also Colorado Cyclist and Excel Sports sell it. Good luck.
Some thoughts and questionstheBreeze
May 26, 2002 7:37 AM
How hard are you riding? Are you always trying to push it to the max? Do you take one day a week completly off? Even though your weekly mileage isn't huge, you may need to reevaluate your training load or intensity. Ride smarter, not necessarily harder.

Re: sleeping. Past posts on this board have anecdotaly (sp?) linked hard effort riding with occasional sleep disturbance. Are you riding in the evenings? It is not uncommon for late day/evening exercise to interfere with sleep.

Are you riding on an empty stomach? A light meal of about 250 easily digestable calories, mostly carbs, 1-2 hours before riding made all the difference with me. Also make sure you are replenishing in the "glycogen window", the first two hours after an intense or long effort.

Considering your BP history I would recommend seeing a certified nutritionist for a diet and calorie analysis. Your MD should be able to recommend one.

good luck!
re: medical,diet advice neededzooog
May 26, 2002 7:57 AM
Yes, I think eating before and after my rides are a big factor. I ride as hard as I can push on a particular day. I know that prior to riding I am not "nutritonally ready" but ride anyways. I also miss that "window" of replenishing fluids and so forth. I also only drink only water and this may be a liability. Yes, I usually ride everday. except in the rain and then I do some weight training. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions
re: medical,diet advice neededpeloton
May 26, 2002 11:03 AM
If you say you always ride as hard as you can push on any given day you could just have fatigued your CNS. Your central nervous system can get run down over time from repeated hard exertion, and this can cause lethargy and sleep disturbance. Easy days mixed in, and rest will help to fix this.

Your tired condition could be a lot of things though. Your best advice would be to talk with your doctor, and take it easy until you figure out the root of the problem.
May 26, 2002 11:12 AM
"Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Riding and fitness are so much fun and become such high priorities that we cut back on rest to get a little more out of the body. Or, we begin to feel invinsible and don't pay enough attention to recovery. Then it happens:Overtraining, burnout or illness strikes and we are on the sidelines watching." Joe Freil (cycling coach and author)

It sound to me like you may be overtaining and need to give your body some rest and recovery time. I went through a similar thing some years ago and got so twisted up physicslly that I ended up off of the bike for awhile. Hope you feel better soon!
Check these sites out...coonass
May 26, 2002 8:33 AM