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Cycling to Southampton - John C. Kirk

Apr. 25th, 2011

11:08 pm - Cycling to Southampton

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From:Liam Redmond
Date:April 26th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)


Well done on you Southampton trip - that s an impressive distance! Eat carbohydrates before, during and after you cycling it will keep you energy levels up (bread, pasta, sweets / sugar, fruit, etc), and you should burn roughly 30 calories per mile. Luzcazade Sports or other drinks will also keep you hydrated and top your carb and salt levels!

You might also want to try some shorter, faster cycling - either on an exercise bike, or outside up hills or fast on flatsn(or at a gym s Spinning class)! This will help improve your cardiovascular fitness and oxygen uptake, and build leg strength in a short session -'this should complement you longer, endurance based cycling (the parallel with marathon running is doing short / fast runs, to improve your long distance running).
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Date:April 27th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)

Re: Cycling

Thanks :) My Polar monitor estimates how much energy I've used (based on my heart rate), and it's closer to 90 kcal/mile. Looking at the separate legs of Sunday's journey:

Croydon to Box Hill34.221.48750209125698
Box Hill to Farnham37.123.29332223025296
Farnham to Alton23.714.85405129222887
Winchester to Eastleigh15.39.6363486923891

I had a couple of bananas with me on Sunday, and I always carry a multi-pack of chocolate bars around with me - partly because it's cheaper than buying them individually, and partly in case of emergency (low blood sugar).
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