Last month I took a trip down to the University of Brighton labs and under the supervision of Jamie Durmush undertook some tests on the SRM Ergometer including; a Lactate Threshold test, a VO2 Max Test and a Critical Power test to gain data on my performance ability to learn what my training zones are in terms of wattage and my Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) which then enables Jamie to create a training programme tailored to me for improvement based on scientific evidence.
Before we began the tests on the SRM Egrometer, Jamie took my skinfold measurements from which he was able to assess my current fat free mass, which is at 7%, then we can then check over time to see where I am gaining weight, and what type of weight, i.e. fat or muscle. My weight and height measurements were also taken for future reference. And so onto the tests...
A quide to great vegan friendly foods for on the bike fuel which I'll add to as I discover more options.
The humble banana. Surely nature intended this to be for cyclists. Fits in your jersey pocket and you can throw away the 'wrapper' into the nearest hedge! Bananas are incredibly cheap costing in the region of 10p-20p each when bought loose. Only downside is you can't exactly take a bite and return it back into your pocket.
Before I became Vegan I tried out Mule Bar products before and was certainly a fan of the flavours. Not all their products are Vegan friendly however. The Vegan friendly products include Hunza Nut and Eastern Express Energy Bars in addition to all their Kicks Energy Gels bar the Salted Caramel.
See the Allergen Chart below for Mule Bar products...
You can check out my review for other flavoured products here.
The Blueberry Crisp flavour Clif Bar Energy Bar has to be one of my favorites and in addition to tasting great is Vegan friendly! Check out the rest of their product range for their Vegan suitability here: Clif Bar Allergen Chart
Science In Sport & High 5 Sports Nutrition
I felt compelled to add Nakd Bars to this list seeing as they are vegan, however they are quite pricey coming in at nearer £1 a bar considering they are relatively small. If price isn't a problem then I'd definitely be taking a couple of these tasty bars in my jersey pocket.
Home Made GCN Energy Bars
Alternatively make your own sports nutrition using the Global Cycling Network's Energy Bar recipe following the video below...
Arriving at University in a new land with roads and places unknown to me I slowly ventured out on my bike on a few rides into the unknown, with a vague route plan and Google Maps on standby on my phone. This lack of planning almost inevitably led to my eventual reliance on the Google Maps app to guide me home. Here then are my thoughts on the app as I ask- should you trust Google Maps to guide you through the spaghetti of road networks?
To use the app you need GPS and Mobile Data turned on (which if you don't have a free internet allowance it will munch through your credit very quickly.)
Generally I've had good experiences with the Navigation system when things have gotten desperate. It allows you to choose a start and end location then you put your trust in Google Maps to sort out everything in between to get you there.
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