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We are starting to feel at home here after almost one week. The hotel and the BMC group work in harmony. This means they got used to us and our changes in the daily program 🙂

From now on there won’t be so many changes any more because we are getting close to Sunday and everything is clear. Everything is running smoothly.

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It’s cold and windy here in Switzerland and I am happy that the hour record takes place inside. There is no way you could race outside in these days because also the winds are gusty which makes it feel even colder than it is already. The walk to and from the velodrome seems a little battle with the wind but so far he lost every time.

As we get closer to Sunday we fine tune everything. One thing that is important for me is the pre race meal. Athletes have different approaches to their breakfast and pre-race fueling. For me there is no way around a good strategy for the morning of a race day. Sunday will be a big day and so the strategy for the pre-race meal needs to be clear. There are many ways to fuel up for a race and it’s interesting to watch different athletes with very different approaches. Maybe you saw this too: chocolate bar, pasta, rice, a big omelet, sandwiches, cereals, bratwurst, burger; some even may have pizza before when the start is late in the day. There are good and bad choices and a big omelet with bacon and cheese or bratwurst with fries just before the race is for sure a bad one.

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Another day here in Grenchen. First, it seemed to be just one more day in Switzerland but then it was different somehow. We are getting closer to the hour and you can feel it that there is a good nervousness and everyone is more focused, discussions are more intense, more emotional. Not in a bad way, in a healthy way, I’d say. Well, the flu hasn’t been able to catch us till now, the group seems more or less healthy; most importantly Rohan seems strong and healthy. The protection wall seems to work!

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In the news this morning they were talking about the increasing number of people with flu-like symptoms in the country. This wave must have hit some of the people here as well because many have a scratchy throat or a runny nose. This means infection prevention is highlighted. You need to be careful and pay attention to hygiene on those days. Make sure you keep the virus away from Rohan. Keep your hands clean, wash them often, and avoid other people who are sneezing and coughing. And if you are sneezing, just stay away from Rohan. The BMC Racing Team has been pretty good in the past with infection prevention. It’s a little piece in the big picture but quite an important one that can make the difference.

Because of that flu wave I went to fill up the food room with some extra nutrient dense foods. You better have some extra fruit to build a good defense shield against the virus. The walk and the hour in the fresh air were not bad either.

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Another day here in Grenchen. Rohan’s coach arrived today and the team is almost complete. Only a few people are missing and will arrive till the end of the week. It’s amazing for some when they see that there is one rider and a big group of support staff around him. Indeed, it’s a big group when you think that this is only one rider. But for certain events that’s necessary and for the hour record this is certainly the case.

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First full day here in Grenchen. When I woke up in the morning I saw the same picture as yesterday. Snow on the roads and on the cars. Luckily, this morning I didn’t have to get out because I am where I need to be for the rest of the day. Read more »

I am on the way to Grenchen. When I left home, it was snowing and the few cars were moving slowly. My suitcase was heavy, I seemed heavier than usual. I am sure there’s stuff in there I won’t need but you better bring all you think you could need rather than forgetting half the things at home.
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The hour, it’s been many times that I thought about one hour in the last weeks. I just got home from a trip and don’t have a lot of time at home because tomorrow morning I’ll be on the way to Switzerland. This means I am going to leave again very soon. This time it is not going to be a race like many others. There will be just one rider, Rohan Dennis, and all will be fitted to him. He will do an hour record attempt on Feb 8 in Grenchen, Switzerland, and I will be there to support him as much as possible.

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Viele neue Diätformen locken immer wieder neugierige und verzweifelte Menschen an, die auf der Suche nach der genialen Diät sind, mit der sie endlich ihr Wunschgewicht erreichen oder ihm zumindest näher kommen. Eine dieser neuen, modernen Diäten ist auch die Paleo-Diät. Immer mehr Menschen kaufen sich ein Buch, hören aus dem TV oder von Bekannten und lassen sich von der Modewelle richtig mittragen.

 

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Quite often I get asked about race food and what and how to eat for best performance. Some athletes don’t like the common sport foods such as gels, bars and sport drink and would like to eat natural food. Then they want to know what to choose and why to choose certain foods.

The fact is that our muscles love carbohydrates, so whatever you want to add to your race food, it should be carbohydrates. Best choice for a race is simple sugars so think simple, also for carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are much easier to digest, hence the fuel is quickly available and your muscles have more energy to use. There is a lot of foods you can choose from: bread, bagels, fruits, cereal bars, cakes, cookies, potatoes. Only remember one thing: LOW IN FAT. Fat slows digestion, so many of the convenient foods you find in a supermarket may taste fine, but for the purpose of fueling in a race they are not the right choice.

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