I did a 1.5 hour easy ride today in high cadence and high gears. It felt relaxing and the hill climbs were comfortable. I have definitely adapted well over the last few months of training and the speed work and hill climbs have made a difference to my bike riding.
I know my change in nutrition supplementation has definitely made my legs and body feel stronger on the rides and I can breathe easier. I had a medical examination by a doctor and he explained our bodies have a surplus of alkaline minerals which act as a buffer to counter the acid formed when we exercise, eat acidic foods, breathe pollution, get stressed etc. The buffer aims to keep our bodies at an optimal PH of 7.365.
I had a blood test and my blood Ph was 6.5 which is acidic. I found walking upstairs made me breathless and I was told this is my heart rate increasing due to the acidic environment.
Over the last two weeks I have been adding Mega Greens to my water and adding an ion booster (magnesium and chlorides). I have been eating more green foods and reducing the heavy carbohydrates. I now eat wholegrains for my carbohydrate intake.
I remeasured my Ph this morning and it was between 7.25 and 7.5 which is optimal according to the test strip colour chart. I am noticing the difference in how my legs are feeling during racing and after racing. I get much less tightness in my right hamstring and, unless I am pushing hard, the left calf feels good.
This week I am starting to carbohydrate load. My coach has given me instructions to eat slightly more carbohydrates than normal. In three days time he will tell me what to do before the race.
My medical examination also showed I had an increase in Creatine Kinase (CK) which is an enzyme which breaks down muscle. This is normal in muscular training and I have was told to take an antioxidant. I started Monavie again and this has a powerful naturally occurring antioxidant called the acai berry. If you want to find out more about this product go to my website or email me at http://www.physical-edge.com.
This week I am starting visualisation. I am creating the pictures, sounds and feelings I will have for the rest of the week, travelling to the event, registration, race day and post race. I have to get my brain out of thinking reality and into dreaming and imaging how I want everything to go. I have used it before and it was very effective for competition.
This week I plan to sleep well and prepare early for travel. I drop my bike off to my friends house in three days as he is driving down to cornwall.
I practiced changing my bike tire yesterday and the gas cylinder with fitting device did not inflate the tire. I blew two canisters trying to work it out so I went into Putney cycles and they got it working by pushing the tire valve hard into the fitting device. I bought 4 new canisters but will only take two with me on race day.
There is a lot to organise before a race so leave plenty of time incase emergencies occur. I have left it one week so far and having all my jobs written down on paper helps get it clear in my head.
Three days of training before I travel to Cornwall. Still excitingly nervous.