MS Ambassador and Australian three-time Paralympic gold medallist, Carol Cooke has put together a 12 week training guide for you to follow in preparation for the 2018 MS Melbourne Cycle. This step by step program will help build fitness and confidence to ensure you get the most out of the day.
The MS Melbourne Cycle is for all abilities, so take up the challenge today and give it your best shot! In the words of Carol Cook “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do”.
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You’re about to embark on a solid ride in support of people living with multiple sclerosis, but please don’t forget to take care of yourself!
We’ve pulled out some of our favourite nutrition tips for you this year, so that you’re pumped up and gearing to go!
- The most important thing to do in the days leading up to the ride is to drink lots of water. It’s important that your body is hydrated before setting off and remains hydrated throughout the ride. Powerade and other sports drinks can help you keep your electrolytes up if you need a little boost as well.
- It could be the nerves, or maybe it’s getting up before the sun, but either way chances are you won’t have a huge appetite. A key mistake riders make is skipping breakfast. Make sure you eat breakfast on the morning of your ride. We suggest foods high in carbohydrates as they are the best source of energy and are easily broken down. Our favourites are porridge or whole grain breads. These high carb foods are best eaten around 2 hours before the start of your ride to avoid feeling sick or getting a stitch.
- SNACKS! It may be our favourite word, but snacks are also really important to keep you energised throughout your ride. Think something healthy like a banana, muesli bar or trail mix – whatever you can easily carry with you and eat on the go.
- Straight after the ride is the optimal refuelling period, so make sure that you grab some food at our event village once you cross that finish line.