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10 Bicycle-Training Myths

Bicycle Training Series Articles: All ABC Handouts ] 12 Beginners' Questions About Exercise ] ACE Tips ] Altitude Tents: How High the Risk? ] Aerobic Training ] Altitude Training for Sea-Level Competition ] Balance Training for Bicyclists ] Century Training ] Climbing & Descending ] Dealing With High Altitude ] Death Ride: Just-Made-It Schedule ] Economy & Efficiency ] Fitness Elements ] Heart-Rate-Based Training ] HIT Tips ] How to Perform VO2 Intervals ] How to Push Riders Uphill ] Isolated Leg Training ] Measuring Training Stress ] Overtraining ] Pacing ] Power-Based Training ] Recovery ] Road Racing Basics ] Six Climbing Positions ] Skills Training Principles ] Small Gears ] Sprint Weak? ] Stationary Training ] Stretching ] Tapering for Events ] Thresholds ] Time Trialing ] Torque-Based Training ] Training & Fitness Standards for Excellence ] [ Training Myths ] Warm Ups for Racing ] Weight Training ] Work of Breathing ] Workout Too Hard ]


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Training Myths (Introduction)


Here are 10 common bicycle training ”facts” that are often fiction.

 

1. Don’t eat for two hours before you exercise.

Just the opposite.


Exercise demands food to fuel the body. Tour de France riders average 750 calories per hour while riding.


Sure, if you are racing intensely on the track or a short criterium you won’t eat just before your event. And yes, fats slow your gut, so you’ll want to avoid heavy meals just before hard exercise. Otherwise, you need calories before, during, and soon after riding.


2. Salt is bad for you.


3. If your urine is clear, you’re hydrated.


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