This was not the first time that I have chosen to cycle indoors due to poor weather. In the past it has been too old to actually cycle with any quality, too wet or dangerous and I have had to abandon session in the past in the winter and then the time is completely lost. I would never ever choose indoor training over outdoor training, but I am trying to be clever and think about the big picture. My safety, wellness and the quality. Why freeze for the same effect of an indoor session.......makes no sense right. I get a feeling that maybe I am being weak training indoors, being a wimp as overs are out and in the cold. But actually I struggle in the cold, I really find it tough, I do my best, keep warm, keep tempo up, wear the right stuff and try not to feel the cold. But I do and I have to struggle though from time to time! I don't enjoy this type of training and this is where the indoor training has been a huge benefit!
Now after training hard recovery is so important, and during the winter I have a habit of not concentrating on my nutritional protein recovery intake. I feel like I get enough food in me but the truth is for the amount I train I think I have now realized that I am not getting enough, especially protein and general calories (not that calories as such matter, its the macro nutrients of the food that matters). I have now re-assessed my intake after morning session especially and increased the protein intake, I now hope that this will make sure I can recover correctly and increase my strength and speed. I am focusing on recovery and calorie intake within reason, not becoming too focused on the amounts exactly more taking a good ball part figure of what I am eating and what I need. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful sponsor in Pulsin, who provide me with gluten free protein bars (taste amazing http://www.pulsin.co.uk/pulsin-snack-bars/vanilla-choc-chip. They also provide me with protein powder (they now do an amazing value protein tub) http://www.pulsin.co.uk/pulsin-protein-powders. @.
I try to also include good carbs/fats when I am on the move and in a rush for work etc and post training chia charge flapjacks are very important in my diet, they are fantastic for post training recovery and I never have a time when I don't have a box in the cupboard!
This is a great article http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/07/how-much-carbohydrate-protein-and-fat-you-need/ . It explains alot about what to eat and how much to eat and just how important it is to get the right amount of protein into your diet to improve and build muscle.
But the balance of protein to body weight is important to consider and the below advice is very important.