According to ancient Greek legend, the original Olympians feasted on large amounts of meat (especially pork) and hydrated themselves with wine before the all-important competition. How times have changed! Nowadays an athlete’s diet is scrupulously monitored and planned as it is one of the key components to their success. It is all about nutritional balance in order to give us energy but also aid recovery after rigorous training sessions. Complex carbohydrates are needed for a slow and steady release of energy and protein is needed to ensure we build and maintain lean body mass as well as repair existing muscle tissue.
Chris explains: "Being on the track A LOT in my preparation for Rio 2016 means I need to build my strength."
A typical day’s diet might look something like this:
Breakfast: 3-4 eggs (scrambled) with ham, onion, pepper, maybe a bit of cheese for a treat!
Snack: Protein gel (not the nicest of things)
Lunch: Protein shake, tuna salad with avocado and rice
Snack: Sometimes I will try not eat in this period, makes tea a bit more exciting.
Dinner: Chicken breast, sweet potato mash, broccoli, carrots and parsnips
Dessert: Sorry don't know what this word means unfortunately!
If you are keen on cycling, you’re probably also interested in your diet, health and weight. Cycling Weekly has some great tips to get your food and drink dialled.