I attended a webinar this evening presented by a sports nutritionist. The topic was on training in a hot and humid environment, including potential negative effects from dehydration and heat illness as well as strategies to overcome those potential effects.
One of the strategies included diet. Laura Anderson, the nutritionist, said she tells the military special forces personnel she works with that “you can’t out train a crappy diet.” It seems that not only cyclists, but also military personnel may have the belief that their active lifestyle allows them to get away with having a poor diet. Certainly, there’s more room for being less strict and indulging a little here and there, but the concept seems pretty valid. To perform at your best, you need to fuel your best. When the conditions or races are harder than normal, perhaps that’s the time to be even more conscious of what you’re putting in your body for fueling performance.
Something to think about and incorporate into your daily routine.