New to Sportives?
Many people who take part in cyclo-sportives are experienced cyclists, but there are many others who don't cycle on a regular basis and may benefit from some advice on preparation. Bikes.org.uk have recently written a handy guide on how to prepare for a charity bike ride, view it here for advice on the following topics:
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Glycogen Storage Disease and Sports Nutrition
This online article, Superstarch or Super Farce?, examines how using a food supplement developed for people with Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD) might be used as a sports energy drink.
On Sunday 23rd September, 2012, my parents and I took part in a 44 mile charity bike ride around the undulating hills of the South Downs. The aim was to raise money for a charity close to my heart, the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease. It is close to my heart as I suffer from this condition; so does my sister.
Basically I don’t have an enzyme that helps to break down stored glycogen in my body for energy, so I have no back-up supply of energy, only the energy I get from the food and medication I take. This affects my blood sugar levels.
We trained for the ride as much as we could incorporating as many hills as we could. This made us fitter, or so we thought.
The course we cycled was described as having some undulating hills, but there seemed to be an endless amount of hills, we would just recover from one to find the next hill just around the corner. It took a lot of will power and plenty of snacks to get through it. My main challenge was to balance my sugar levels, with my intake of food and the extra energy I was burning up very quickly whilst riding. I stopped to have a snack and drink every hour, to minimise a severe drop in my blood sugar levels.
It took me 5 hours and 48 minutes to complete the distance, my parents finished a few minutes later. We raised an amazing £2500 between the three of us; we intend to do the bike ride again next year and hope to improve on our times by training more intensely.
Trushal (Class 8)
Article kindly reprinted from Trushal's school newsletter