As an athlete one of the key points is progress. Everything we do, we try to do better than yesterday and the hunt for those last percentages is a never-ending challenge. Which is part of the charm of pursuing sport. That's the primary reason for my work with the Danish nutritionist, Anne Louise, who owns the company "Diætpiloten". It's separated into two sections; one for 'lifestyle changers' and one for the performance orientated.
Nutrition is a part of being an athlete and fueling the body right can make a difference for our health, feeling and performance. Working with my nutritionist was more for me than 'just' a foodplan. Anne Louise was looking at me as an athlete and therefore we also talked a lot about how to optimize my performance on my bike both hydration, energy, supplement and refueling wise.
Her expertise and knowledge was really helpful to me. Before I started to work with her I didn't care too much about fueling during my rides fx, she taught me how important the right amount of energy and fluids are for my everyday performance. So during my off-season (October-December 17') we worked in all the new, or improved my current, fueling habits. We started off in the beginning of October, with a look inside my body using a body-scan and digged into my eating patterns. Really interresting to see and follow the progress thru the scans. It's crazy how much the body reacts on what we do with it, and as I went to Diætpiloten once a month it was so obvious to see the connection between my body composition and the training & fueling I had done. Pretty motivating to continue the work.
But how much work was it really?
What difference did it make?
The program was for me enriching (if that's a word, but my mind/body got richer..). And I became a better athlete, which was the whole point. Knowledge is power, you know. And I got stronger, pretty important. Muscles which replaced fat made me faster, a good diet can give your body the right compounds to make a fitter you. I know I sound pretty enthusiastic, but this post is not paid or anything, I really just recommend you to search for more knowledge on the topic if you, like me, is a bit unsure if your actually fueling the right way.
And I still go out with friends, eat unhealthy stuff and so - it's just a balance as everything else - it's not about what you do occasionally it's about what you do consistently.
And what about that body-image?
Og til de danske læsere, her er et par links til Anne Louise's forskellige platforme. Hun er lige pt. på barsel, men hun er tilgængelig som din diætist igen i starten af 2019 - indtil da deler hun stadig gode råd og opskrifter.
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“You defeated South Africa Malene” - Grandma’s first text after my world cup win. I opened it as I sat at the doping control and I got tears in my eyes. She was so right. I really did.
A quote that has been hunting me, while I have been away for my first block of racing, said;
“It’s impossible - said doubt
it’s dangerous - said fear
It’s not necessary - said sense
Do it anyway - whispered the heart”
So inhale courage - exhale fear.
Coming back to the present and the 2018 World Cup opener.
As we rode around on the track I tried to stay occupied with the normal talk of line choices and so on. Day after day I got more and more familiar with the place and the track. And when race day came close I was ready :-)
I overcame those fears and got it all together. And I even bring the white leader jersey with me home. Going to be a different call-up in Albstadt, as I will roll out there as the first one, but I guess the task doesn’t change? Get from A to B as fast as Malene possible can.
I defeated South Africa
P.S. A huge thanks to everybody involved in this journey and Saturday’s victory.
Ghost Factory Racing Team
- And all our sponsors, Sram, Tune, Sponser, Sigma, Esi-grips, North Wave, Cratoni, Ceramic-speed, Schwalbe, Pepi’s Tire Noodle, GSG, Adidas Eyewear, Crankbrothers, Cyprus Sun Shine Cup
- Anne Louise
- Torben Honore
And all my family, friends and boyfriend
So I was laying on the massage table getting a treatment after a day in the saddle, when our team physio asked me - “Malene, What is your aspiration with your Instagram account?”*
So how are you on Instagram, when it’s your personal account, where you share pictures from your daily life as a 21y/o girl trying to figure out life - while you in the meantime is riding bikes as fast as possible, for a living, with sponsors that expects you to use your platform for promoting?
Coming back to what and why social media, I will say, I don’t use social media to impress - but to impact. I hope it can inspire other people to do what they love and allowing themselves to have dreams and be who they are. I’m a professional mountain biker but I’m also just 21 years old danish girl who loves to go out with my friends, dance, talk, kiss my boyfriend, go to the beach in my new swimsuit and all these things. But surprise surprise I'm also; getting stupid sunburns, pretty messy, not a big fan of showers, turning into a tomato-head speaking to more than 2 people, struggling with saving legs, insecure at times, having smelly cycling shoes, farting (stomaaaaach proooblem) and so much more … I'm not trying to show perfection. It’s not to be miss perfect, nobody is perfect and it’s your own power(responsibility) to know this and know how amazing, important and brave you are - know your worth and add tax :-)
I really like social media and I hope you are in here reading this, because you like to follow me for being me :-)
Reflect what you desire, become what you respect. GRL PWR