How the Body Uses Fuel

How the Body Uses Fuel

There are two types of fuel the body has to choose from: carbohydrates (sugar) and fats. Levels of insulin in your blood typically plays a role in whether sugar gets burned or fat gets burned.

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Healthy Human Metabolism and Mitochondria

Healthy Human Metabolism and Mitochondria

This video is really neat. It covers a lot of ground and provides lots of information that someone interested in improving their body’s metabolism can study and more than likely make good choices in their lifestyle and diet that will result in improving their metabolism.

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Wednesday Group Bike Ride: 127 miles

Wednesday Group Bike Ride: 127 miles

I met Mary Foley at Village Park in Cranbury at 6 AM for a 200k bike ride. It was a little chilly this morning, but the day was supposed to warm up pretty quick. I was riding my Cinelli and she was riding her carbon Bianchi. We only took two quick rest stops during the ride. Turned out to be a quick ride for Mary at 9:47 total time. I was in a 12 hour fast at the start of the ride. And I did not eat at all during the ride.

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Tuesday Morning Solo Bike Ride: 39 miles

Tuesday Morning Solo Bike Ride: 39 miles

Finally found the time and the good weather to go for a bike ride. Haven’t gotten out on the road since this past Thursday. Seems like quite a while ago.

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RUSA Permanent #4130

RUSA Permanent #4130

I created 7 300k perms this past winter that start and end about a half mile from my home. I’m looking forward to riding them a couple times each this summer. There is one other 300k perm in RUSA’s perm library that goes through NJ, but it has a few busy roads embedded in it. I took a little time over the weekend to try and redesign the route so it is a little safer. I wasn’t all that successful. But my new creation is at least a little better.

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Reversing Mitochondria Dysfunction with Exercise Training

Reversing Mitochondria Dysfunction with Exercise Training

During my bike ride this past Thursday which I started after fasting for 12 hours and rode fasted through mile 150 I was surprised to learn from the other three riders I knew on the ride that they thought I was nuts “working out” without any food for more than 24 hours. Of course, all three of those individuals looked me over during the ride and could easily see I was not suffering or hurting in any way. I assured them that I was in an “unfed state” where my body was burning stored body fat as an energy source. And as a result, I was NOT starving myself. I not only lost weight doing what I did, but also worked at reversing my mitochondria dysfunction I suffer from currently.

I suppose HIIT workouts can help reverse mitochondria dysfunction as is suggested in the video herein below. But I don’t practice that much because consumption of sugar and highly processed carbs would be required. Since I have insulin resistance still, I try to avoid sugar intake. And my exercise workouts of choice are the long slow bike ride. And if you follow this blog, then you know those bike rides are LONG.

The mitochondria are the power plants in our muscle cells. They process carbs for high intensity efforts. And they process fat for low and moderate intensity efforts. By far a well functioning mitochondria will process a lot more fat in any given day than carbs. So it is best to focus on improving the fat processing function rather than the carb processing function.

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Thursday All-Day Group Ride: 189.5 miles

Thursday All-Day Group Ride: 189.5 miles

I had agreed over the weekend to meet Mary Foley for her pre-ride of the 300k event to be held this Saturday out of Hightstown, NJ. That pre-ride started this morning at 4:30 AM from the Days Inn along NJ-33. Along for the ride came Tru Tran. And it was wonderful having him along, although he bailed on us at the Wawa controle around mile 120 or so.

I did not get a good night’s sleep before this ride because I was suffering from some kind of pain in my left shoulder/neck the whole night. Even a hot water bottle would not curb the pain. But I made it to the starting line and Tru, Mary, and myself were off to enjoy a beautiful day for a 300k bike ride.

Nigel Greene supposedly did a pre-ride of his own that he commenced at 6 AM, some 1.5 hours after we had started. We passed him on the way back to controle 3 (Days Inn), and he ultimately caught us at around mile 120 – the Wawa where Tru decided to make the ride his own. Nigel was in a hurry to finish the ride, so he did not stay and socialize with Mary and me for long.

I was riding my Felt CX bike. I had been fasting since 4 PM on Wednesday. And stayed fasted though much of the ride. It was at mile 154 that I stopped at an ACME grocery store to get a quart of whole milk and two Payday candy bars. I wasn’t really hungry. But I needed a pick-me-up to get me through to the end of the ride. 300k is quite a long slug.

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Monday All-Day’er for 400k Pre-Ride: 218 miles

Monday All-Day’er for 400k Pre-Ride: 218 miles

Yesterday I had an upset stomach with related diarrhea. It zapped me of energy, and made it impossible to get ample sleep for today’s ride which started at 4 AM from Coopersburg, PA. It was more windy than I had expected. And it was cooler out than I had expected between 4 AM and 10ish. I never was cold, though. My “illness” persisted through the ride causing me to make stops for close to 5 hours. Accordingly, it became apparent around the halfway point I was not going to complete the ride timely. So I had to chalk this one up for mere training miles. Oh well.

The nicest thing about the ride was the event organizer offered to come pick me up so I didn’t have to climb my way to the finish line where my car was parked. Really nice of him. A shout out of thanks goes to him!

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Thursday Afternoon Solo Bike Ride: 63 miles

Thursday Afternoon Solo Bike Ride: 63 miles

Today was probably the nicest day to go for a ride this week. Tuesday was pretty nice. But today was the magnificent gem of days to go for a ride. I got out on the road a little after 11:30 AM I think. Was riding the Cinelli. And it worked well. This was a RUSA perm that I had modified – it’s called Around the Sourlands. Of course, my version did NOT go around the Sourlands. This was my fastest ride this year since I finished the metric century route in about 4.5 hours.

I passed quite a few cyclists out enjoying the nice day. I suspect I passed in excess of 30 cyclists. None of them were on my side of the ride. They were all going in the opposite direction. The next three days are not supposed to be conducive to riding a bike outdoors. And on Monday coming I am supposed to do a solo 250 mile ride in Pennsylvania. Seems a little like that’s going to be a tough nut to chomp on since I only started riding this year the second week in March. But I have a feeling all will go well.

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Tuesday Group Bike Ride: 104.6 miles

Tuesday Group Bike Ride: 104.6 miles

Pretty nice day for a bike ride. Met Mary Foley at a park in Robbinsville around 6:30 AM. It was clear and in the 50’s. Things ultimately warmed up. We had a wonderful ride. I hadn’t eaten since 2 PM on Monday. And I did not eat during the ride at all. Maybe I’ll drop a pound in my overall weight? I was 158 pounds this morning. And I am aiming to get down to 147 in the near future.

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