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Kara’s Got History with Lance Armstrong?

Did you watch any of the insanely exciting Tour de France race over the last few weeks…

Tour de France cycling…more than an impressive feat, it’s almost super human how these athletes ride for  2,263 miles, about 100 or so per day, in terrain that would "break" most in a matter of minutes.

Cobblestone roads.

Up miles (and miles) of hills in elevation. 

Speeds of 60+ mph.

Enjoy cycling or not, it’s truly impressive.

And how about this, Kara went to high school with Lance Armstrong in Texas and dated his best friend at the time.  So her and her friend used to double date with Lance and his…

…and then she ended up with someone who doesn’t ride 2200 miles in a race, but instead talks about the nutrition and hydration associated with those who do.

Did you know the Tour de France athletes eat around 7,000-10,000 calories each day JUST to try to recover and prepare for the next day?

Why is this important?

Think about how much training these guys are doing — 100+ miles each day, occasionally hitting 60-65 mph, climbing enormous hills…

…and that’s all they eat.

I say "that’s all" because now think about how much activity YOU do each day compared to how much you eat. 

It’s easy to "out eat" your exercise. 

Maybe you’re working to lose fat at boot camp, maybe you train at the gym for 30-60 minutes each day, or maybe you do yoga or some other activity.

Then you sit.  For the rest of the day.

So how many calories do you think YOU need each day?  With nearly 70% of the population overweight or obese, the amount of calories eaten is way more than what’s actually needed.

3 Responses to Kara’s Got History with Lance Armstrong?

  1. Karen July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Quick question. We love to make power smoothies for breakfast: water, protein powder, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 4 or 5 frozen strawberries, 1 tbsp flax oil, 1 tbsp psyllium husk. Problem is when we have these we are SO hungry about 2 hrs later. Seems with the fiber and protein this should hold us for a while. What’s up with this?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr July 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      It should keep you pretty full … surprising it doesn’t. Hmmmmmmm. Maybe when that hunger strikes, grab a piece of fruit or handful or raw nuts, then have a more “real” meal after later on after that.

  2. Lucas Brunelle September 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    All you snobby “professional” racers rag on alleycat riding, but who’s at the top of the “professional” competitions? Phonies who do far worse shit than alleycat racers do. Alleycat racers get ahead by hanging onto a car and skitching. Back when I raced as a cat 2 in pro-am I witnessed riders use steroids and do everything possible to win.

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