Post/Pre Workout Diet for Mountain Biker/Motocross racer

Commented on July 25, 2013
Created September 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Hey everyone, Been on the Paleo Diet for about a month or so now. I've noticed great muscle definiton and skin looks healthy, loss of what fat I had also.

But, I'm a bit confused around muscle glycogen. I race motocross and off road, as well as mountain bikes up to 4 hours at times- NON STOP. My workoutschedule is muscle training for an hour, followed by cardio for an hour afterward for 2 days on, one off, 2 days on- then riding/racing both days on the weekend.

I usually eat veggies/fish/protein throughout the day, then workout for 2 hours, sweet potatoes for post workouts and sleep within 2 hours after that.

Does this sound ideal for what I do? I would like more muscle mass(for motocross and riding longer on a bigger bike) and noticed that I feel weak more often now when lifting. I think it has something to do with my glycogen levels being too low. I sometimes eat soaked Quinoa hours before a ride to restore that energy.

Should I be eating starches before the workout? After? Can I eat sweet potatoes late and sleep without detrimental effects? I just want to lift more by not feeling as weak, I think it's the carbs being low in my muscles?

THANKS SO MUCH for any responses.



on July 25, 2013
at 01:18 PM

Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey are currently the 2 best MX riders in the world, they are both very skinny/ lean and Ive heard them both say that more muscle than they need to complete 2 30 min motos would ony slow them down. If your trying to earn a ride in MX I wouldnt try to put on a bunch of size as your lap times will likely decrease.

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:07 PM

Pre-workout carbs aren't necessary but I think they will help you. If you are riding 4+ hours you are going to deplete nearly all of your glycogen stores. Either really stuff yourself the night before to "top off" so to speak, or just have a solid pre-workout meal with some sweet potatoes and protein. If you want more muscle mass, eat more food. KISS. You say you fatigue faster when lifting. Well then eat some more food before or have a drink during with some glucose and protein (or bcaa). And regarding your question on nighttime sweet potatoes and sleep. If anything, you will sleep better. The carbs will help you produce serotonin which gets converted to melatonin. The elevated insulin and digestion going on is also activating the rest of your parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" half). To sum all that up: EAT MORE FOOD


on September 29, 2012
at 11:43 AM

For more muscle, eat some protein with the carbs after some of your workouts - milk or other dairy is good if you don't mind that. More carbs during the day might be worth trying, it doesn't sound like you're eating many considering your workload. Also, consider training vs. competing - you might want to eat more carbs before events but less before training.



on September 29, 2012
at 03:08 AM

I usually ride after being fasted for up to 18 hours (nothing but water and a cup of coffee). I ride hard for up to 2 hours and do just fine. I do eat a post training meal. Just a normal meal, nothing special.

In my opinion, pre-training carbo loading is unnecessary.

On my last ride, I was still fasted 18 hours but I downed a tbs of coconut oil (for the medium chain triglycerides), just to see if it would make a difference. I beat my previous best time by a few minutes, but it might just have given me a mental edge so I could push myself harder.


on September 29, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Do some reading on "Carb Back-Loading". You are eating that evening to replenish glycogen for the next day.


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