First, this is my second true season being a cyclist. I did some cycling before but only to support my motocross racing and even then it was maybe 2-3 hours a week.
Fast forward, I was in decent shape last summer (avg of 8-11hrs/wk on the bike), can’t give you any power numbers as I didn’t have any way to measure, but more or less took the winter completely off from cycling. Stayed in the gym and gained more weight/muscle than I should have.
The 2018 season rolls around and once again I hit it hard in the summer. Ended up winning WORS Cat 2 sport MTB series which has ignited the fire. I now have a Kickr and will be using TR throughout the winter to not only come into the season ready, but improve my fitness. This has also inspired me to really get my diet in order. I am down from 170lbs to about 158 from the end of August (I had been losing weight all summer but this is when I started tracking it).
I am currently at the end of week 3 of SSB mid volume 1. Curious to see what you all have to say about glucose efficiency improving in this 3 week period. I am no longer getting those, stomach feeling like its going to eat itself, feelings while on the bike. I have recently tried to make a smarter choice in what my food choice is going into the workout. As of recently it has been a whole grain cereal with little (6-8g) of sugar and around 10-12g of protein with about 30-40g carbs and more fiber than what I would like but it has not been an issue. Also should note I am in the transisition of moving my training to the morning so I can incorporate weight lifting a few times a week in the afternoon. Today I was able to complete Antelope without really feeling hungry. I believe my FTP is set correctly as SSB feels hard but manageable as it should and my HR and power zones align (take that with a grain of salt I know).
So yea, let me know your thoughts on glucose efficiency improving or any research you know of that may be of interest. Thank you!