I'm an elite cyclist changing lifestyle during the off season. I've been primal for about 5 weeks. Poor cycling performance has lead me to performing some tests.
Trial 1 - Cycling with 10% sugar in water bottles, - Outcome poor performance, ran out of glycogen and bonked at 2 hours.
Trial 2 - Cycling with 10% sugar in water and continually munching on dried apricots - Outcome poor performance. Sore at 2 hours but stiff capable of cycling (glycogen stores not fully depleated)..
Trial 3 - Cycling without any carbohydrates at all - Increased cycling performance. Minimal signs of wear and tear. Not sore at 2 hours and capable of continuing.
In conclusion it appears the sugar eaten while riding was doing little more than triggering insulin which was turning off fat supplies into the blood. Generally I am a profuse sweater. Riding without sugar, I didn't sweat at all. Because there was minimal water losses, I required far less water and came home in great shape with water bottle half full.
My guess is that the sweating is caused by hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia was caused because insulin has cut my fat supplies. My understanding of primal lifestyle is limited. Any further information or confirmation would be appreciated.
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on November 16, 2013
at 12:24 AM