CYCLING is a high-energy sport, and thus, there are a few related aspects that must be given due importance.
The following article will explain three necessary aspects that every cyclist needs to pay attention to; nutrition, hydration and rest all of which come under the broad category of "cyclist discipline."
Discipline can be associated with various aspects, and a cyclist cannot be said to be disciplined just because he or she follows the below mentioned tips.
The only aspect of discipline this article touches on, though, is a cyclist's lifestyle.
Nutrition is always associated with sports, and the sport of cycling places in-depth emphasis on this.
Nutrition helps to produce energy for paddling and if a cyclists' diet is not balanced and organised, then the energy produced will not be consistent.
Nutrition must be taken care of before, during and after any cycling activity, regardless of whether this is during training or competition.
Cyclists require food that is high in fiber and carbohydrates before cycling, and food high in carbohydrates during cycling.
A balance between carbohydrates, protein and fiber is recommended for after cycling.
Beverages are an important aspect because without adequate water, the cyclist will easily get cramps and even face dehydration.
Drinks should also be taken care of and looked into seriously before, during and after for any cycling activities - with the same to be said about diet.
Proper hydration is important when playing any sports, with sport drinks the preferable option as such beverages can replenish energy levels and help the recovery process.
Sports drinks are encouraged before and during cycling while water is the preferred choice for after cycling.
Each rider must make it a habit to always have water on hand.
Enough rest especially sleep - will help riders to do their chosen activity on the same or next day with the same level of energy.
During sleep the muscles that have been used during the training will undergo the process of recovery and formation, making sleep a very important step in improving performance.
Ideally, every cyclist should sleep for at least eight hours every day.
With enough sleep, riders will always be prepared for the next activity or for the next day.
After these three things are taken into consideration and emphasised, only then can a cyclist be said to be ready to face any type of training, racing or activities to be carried out.
Cyclists must undergo a systematic and ongoing training before facing any race since only training can guarantee that a person can be a champion and not just talent.
Accordingly, there is no reason for a cyclist to not undergo training if they want to be a champion and succeed in cycling.
Cyclists are not heavily involved in social culture since they have very limited time. If their time is utilised well, and with the right level of discipline and commitment, only then can success be achieved.
The Brunei Times