I washed my face, placed my Adidas glasses in my hair and waited for my name to be announced
“And the second place - Maaaleeenee Deeegn, Ghost Factory Racing”
I went out in the spotlight and found the 2nd step of the podium. Got an applause that made a warm river of happiness running through me and waited for them to continue;
“And today’s winner - Sinaaa Freeeeeei, Ghost Factory Racing”.
Sina entered the stage, and with a smile on my face and a glimpse of frustration in my eyes I looked at her standing on the top of the podium. Both Sina and I went all out those last 100 meters to win. But Sina draw the longest straw with just a few centimeters. Damn. But damn that girl is good. Or more accurate; Sina was 10 centimeters better than me that Saturday in Nove Mesto.
You know the saying that real queens fix each other's crowns? I stick to that
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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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