Creatine + Beta-Alanine Cyclocross Experiment Week 2

It's week two of my creatine and beta-alanine for cyclocross experiment, and I think I'm seeing some decent improvement in my 60-second power after just one week of supplementation. For an explanation of why I'm doing this, see last week's post. I've started compiling the results in a spreadsheet. If you're...

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Creatine + Beta-Alanine Cyclocross Experiment Week 1

Cyclocross is fantastic fun, but as a slow-twitch dominant athlete I've never had great results. The races are usually 45 or 60 minutes in duration and despite the appearance of a time trial, the large number of corners make cross a series of short sprints. About two years ago I...

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How to Use UCAN Superstarch

I've been using UCAN for a couple of years now, and I'm not sure I'd still be racing my bike if I hadn't made the switch when I did. At the time, I was pounding down the maltodextrin based sports gels at the rate of one every 40 minutes, and that's...

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First Ketogenic Bike Race of the Season - Menso's SLO Ride to Hell

Last weekend I competed in my first bike race of the season. I won't try and bore you with the full race report, but lots of people asked me what I ate so... The event was in San Luis Obispo, CA. A 75-mile route with massive views, screaming descents, and...

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How to Track HRV to Measure Progress

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a neat way to track your readiness to train. Even if you're not a competitive athlete, HRV can show how you're making progress with your health over time. All you need is a Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitor and an app like EliteHRV. Jason Moore...

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Fueling Rebecca's Private Idaho

One of the beautiful things about a high-fat, low-carb diet is that race day fueling becomes much less important. Even the leanest of racers has tens of thousands of fat calories onboard, so why not use them? On Sunday, I’ll be racing Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a 90-mile gravel grinder with...

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Six Steps to Fat Adaptation for Athletes

Why would you want to become fat adapted as an athlete? Because fat is a superior source of energy for aerobic exercise. It’s been said that “the less glucose you burn in a lifetime the better,” and I couldn’t agree more. To better understand the advantages, take an hour to...

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Paleo Runner

This week I was lucky enough to talk with Aaron Olson on his wonderful Paleo Runner podcast. We talk ketogenic performance and regaining health using the exact same protocol on offer here at Nourish Balance Thrive. I feel quite honoured to be featured on a show from which I’ve learnt so...

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MTB season begins

It's been 7 weeks since I started the great ketogenic mountain biker experiment and disappointingly my blood ketones are still hovering in the 0.5-1mmol/L range. I'd have liked to have seen 2.0 by now. Luckily, help was on hand in the form of Prototype Nutrition KetoForce which I choked down about 10...

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