Hi all - hope you’re doing well I’ve posted this question to be discussed in the podcast, but doesn’t seem to make it so let’s see what you all say. The below is a bit outdated, my FTP is back on the rise again. Question remains the same though:
While using TR I made significant FTP gains, but have lost some fitness recently due to buying a house, moving there and everything that comes with that, and most importantly, happily welcoming a baby into the family.
I decided proactively not to schedule any events (mine would be half-distance tri) for 2022, and I still now got the energy, enthusiasm, and discipline to sort of ‘start over’.
Immediately after starting structured training again, I’ve run into an issue I’ve been wondering about before. I have some assumptions but am wondering if there’s any research done on the subject, or that you would have anecdotal support.
Here goes: I typically fuel my cycling workouts by having food - carb heavy - quite shortly before my rides. (For running it’s different because of GI issues, there I take in food around 2 hours before.) I do the work, get home or off the trainer, rehydrate, replenish carbs, and later take in protein-dense food. The rest of the day I then eat regularly, paying attention to protein if the work was particularly long and/or tough. All is fine. The next day however, while most of the time not suffering from muscle soreness, more-than-normal fatigue, or whatever, I sometimes feel insatiable…! Whatever I eat, whatever macros involved, I continue to be hungry. As a rider who wants to lose some weight, I am afraid that this hurts my goal. My assumption is that I either underfuel my rides or I don’t replenish enough after my rides. Any support would be appreciated.