On May 24th, 2021 Vie Cycle and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition hosted the 2nd Annual Women+ on Wheels webinar and panel discussion. We were joined by four exceptional panelists who shared their knowledge and experiences with the attendees. This blog post includes slides and information from a presentation by mad scientist and paracyclist Josie Fouts.
"Women+ are not small men!" -Dr. Stacy Sims
"Women are built for child bearing. We have 6-11% more body fat and we burn more body fat during exercise. We have more slow twitch fibers and we rely on carbohydrates as fuel.
"The primary hormones that fluctuate during our cycle of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen increases fat utilization.
Progesterone delays our sweat response and increases our core temperature causing hot flashes inflammation. It also promoted muscle break down. This is why diets fail women more than men and certain foods can make you feel great one day and bloated another. Our hormones do all this seemingly harmful damage in the name of reproduction and species survival!"
"It's time to start thanking our hormones, stop blaming them, and work with them to achieve our fullest potential whether you're a commuter, recreational rider or elite athlete."
*Notes from Josie:
"There is no one-size-fits-all in our diverse world. Menopause is a natural process and there is even less research on that phase of life.
"I geared my talk to cover the spectrum of elite cyclists to daily riders. Nutrition and education is important for everyone and I believe that everyday riders can benefit from the information marketed to elite cyclists. For example, I recall there being confusion around the '2 hour minimum' time between food and activity. Why should elite athletes only benefit from full and efficient digestion when everyday riders also have digestive issues and energy needs to get through their day? It is a matter of time until they make the connection that their body too can run as smooth as anyone else's, including an elite athlete's!"
Sims, Stacy t. (2016) Roar. New York, New York: Rodale
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