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Curious vegetarian.(6 posts)

Curious vegetarian.DankFrank
Mar 11, 2002 10:40 AM
I'm just curious. Any vegan/vegetarian cyclists have tips for a newcomer to the sport? Any non-vegan/non-vegetarians want to take a stab at it?
re: Curious vegetarian.weiwentg
Mar 11, 2002 11:08 AM
I'm a non-vegeterian, but I used to run, and there seem to be quite a number of vegeterian runners. my stab at it would be this: don't worry about it. there are plenty of non-meat protein sources. if you're really worried, take a supplement: I use Endurox R4 after rides, which contains whey protein concentrate.
re: Curious vegetarian.krishna
Mar 11, 2002 11:09 AM
What did you want to know? Are we talking diet or whether a vegetarian can be competitive or ???
re: Curious vegetarian.varmit
Mar 12, 2002 4:33 AM
A good balaced vegetarian diet, should create no problems for a cyclist/ racer. Actually since a vegan/vegetarian is already concious of their body and food intake, there can be a performance advantage. Also, the high intake of fruit and vegetables helps with recovery and body repair. I have been a vegetarian for 20 + years and am a 45+ racer (wanabee).
I have been a vegetarian since '89.aet
Mar 12, 2002 6:26 AM
If you are not a vegan, whey protein supplements are good.
also, try to watch the junkfood and you should be fine.
i'm 200 lbs and have been able to bench press 300 before (don't lift much, now). If you watch the protein, you will be of normal strength.
re: Curious vegetarian.Xknuckle-upX
Mar 12, 2002 8:24 AM
i have been vegan for nearly 3 years now and have just got into collegiate racing...and while i might have the advantage of being young, i do feel that my recovery time may be slightly longer than carnivores. if you are vegetarian than use whey protein supplements... it has most of the variety of amino acids found in meat. i use soy protein along with a varied diet rich in combined proteins (rice, beans, lentils, etc) as well as taking sythesized lysine supplements (an amino acid not ususally found in vegetables). just plan out your diet and try to avoid overcompensating lack of meat with starches and refined sugars.