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Posted by: Mike
What a weekend. As posted previously, the last weekend saw Paddy and myself representing Team PedalPower/Cycling-Nutrition.com in the ten hour male pairs category of the Revel Outdoors Summer Enduro.
I should say at this point that it was Paddy who had suggested doing this race. I was a little apprehensive about his staying power/endurance (Paddy is still racing Youth this year), but I certainly wasn't worried about his speed! Consistent podiums this year and last means he's no stranger to pushing himself.

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Posted by: Mike
Funny old week this one. Following on from the attempt to start the trial last week and the ensuing fatigue I've been somewhat lax in my training. I wondered if the lull was due in part to my new diet and after doing some research it seems it's not uncommon to suffer a big bout of lethargy when changing to a Paleo lifestyle. As the body converts from burning carbohydrate as a main fuel source to burning fat the energy levels really suffer.

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Posted by: Mike
Sunday morning thankfully started a bit later than Saturday with a nice lie in. Lizzie and I kicked off the morning with a cooked breakfast before filling the car back up with clean kit, clean bike and food. Thankfully as I still felt a little tired from Saturday Lizzie volunteered to drive the three hours down to Ickworth house where we quickly caught up with team manager Ant from Cycling-Nutrition and began sorting ourselves out.

I knew as I had a race in my legs that I might not do as well as I had in previous races, but was still confident of a top ten result. Hubris, it seems, is not without a sense of humour.

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Posted by: Mike
This weekend has been the first in a very long time - I raced both Saturday and Sunday, resulting in some serious fatigue. To top it off I also started the second session of overtraining on Monday. Seriously heavy legs and chronic fatigue have built up to a point where I've just had to take a few days off and try to recover.

Anyway, since the last update I've been racing and training hard. I did a few hard days training post race and then took the day before the race off to have a wee rest. Saturday began (early, groan) by travelling up to Birchall for the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) XC MTB Championship race. This was in the same place as the Midlands region race earlier in the race and expected the course to be very similar to the previous course. The weather didn't look fantastic so I put the Schwalbe Rocket Rons (27.5 - of course!) on the KingdomBike Supreme and hoped for no rain. The Rons run really fast regardless of conditions so I was happy that they wouldn't let me down. I just dislike racing in the wet!

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Posted by: Mike
A little bit of a non-event the last two weeks training-wise if I'm honest! As I'm a Maths student that means that I have loads of free time to slob about, wake up late and do no work exam season has sprung and its time to let the bike training take a little bit of a back seat. With six exams in four weeks, bike training, keeping the house clean and tutoring as well something had to give a bit. Thankfully the maths tutoring is pretty much over until September which gives me a bit more free time to annoy Lizzie.

The big news in the household is our trial of the Paleo diet (told in more detail in a previous post). It seems to be going pretty well. We're both I'm having less wind, feeling better and I've lost a bit of weight as well, which is no bad thing. I can thoroughly recommend it so far, but will warn you that it does cost more to eat better.

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Posted by: Mike
Lizzie and I have recently changed our diets in favour of something called the Paleo diet. As someone who takes a keen interest in nutrition, training and fitness my ears were instantly pricked when she mentioned it the other day.

One of her work colleagues has followed this diet for a while and was talking about it to Lizzie - he has noticed measurable differences in his health and general wellbeing. I also know that Joe Friel (who I follow avidly) is also a big advocate of it for athletes.

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Posted by: Mike
Compared to last year, the National at Hopton Woods (excellently run by Pearce Cycles) went brilliantly for me. The run up to it wasn't wonderful though...

I finished the study on Thursday morning - which left me feeling as bit disoriented. I've had two sessions to do everyday and then being told to do what I liked was pretty odd! Due to the fatigue I made the decision to just have a few days off and rest before the National race. Lizzie and I had planned a bit of a day for her on the Saturday, so after a few days just sleeping, revising and resting we headed down to Shrewsbury.

2013 Hopton National race

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