It feels great to be training for something again with a pretty specific goal in mind. That’s when I really dial everything in and regain the focus I sometimes lose when cheese plates, summer shindigs and rosé season are in full swing. I’m traveling to Boulder, CO at the end of August to reunite with a few fellow Rapha cycling Ambassadors. We’re going to ride bikes and climb mountains like I’ve never climbed before. At a high altitude, no less!
Not only have I been spending the past 7 weeks waking up at 4:45am, watching the sunrise on my bike, putting in as many miles as possible and meeting with my personal trainer, but I’ve also made smarter nutrition choices. Much like I approach my training, where every workout counts and is as productive as possible, my meals are the same: powerful, nutritious and helping me hit my goals. My 8-week plan leading up to Boulder is to just get stronger on the bike to keep up with these girls and stay upright on the bike.
The combination of fueling and training smarter the past 7 weeks has brought on the biggest changes. I’ve lost weight (24lbs), shaved time off climbs I used to loathe (still loathe them), pedaled faster and harder than ever and now fall asleep the second my head hits the pillow vs. tossing and turning all night. Plus, I can’t stop smiling and my energy during the day is off the charts. I’m not a scientist, be le duh, good choices lead to good results.
I credit a lot of these 7 week milestones to total focus and smart fueling. Here are the 3 “Power Bowls” I’ve kept on regular rotation and truly swear by.