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A good cycling training diet involves balancing the right foodstuffs to gain the maximum health and fitness benefits. Getting your cycling training diet right will increase your general health and give you plenty of energy for those long arduous rides.

Here’s a breakdown of the right power foods to keep your body in top shape.


These provide the mass of the energy you use. Carbohydrates break down into Glycogen, this is stored in your muscles and liver before being converted to glucose which is used to give your muscles the energy they need.

Typically, your body stores about one and a half hours’ worth of glycogen. That’s enough energy to keep you going but if you are going on a long ride you need to make sure you have some replenishments handy or you will suffer from an energy dump.

Make sure you have a supply of high carbohydrate food with you.

There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are easier for the body to absorb and convert to energy. Simple carbohydrates are found in foods like fruit and refined sugar. These are great for instant energy but the downside is they burn out fast.

They’re a bit like rocket fuel; you’ll get an initial rush followed by an energy crash as the fuel is burned up. A good cycling diet needs to include both types of carbohydrates.

Complex carbohydrates release their energy more slowly like a computer controlled racing car. These are found in foods like pasta, potatoes and other such foods. Carbohydrates are essential if you are training hard. These are you main energy sources.


Protein also provides some energy but is also good for repairing muscles and fibres.

Proteins contain amino acids which are used to repair tissues and boost your immune system. You will find proteins in all meat products, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and nuts etc. Protein is essential for athletes who are involved in endurance training and people who are cycling to get fit.

I would avoid the red meat and eat more chicken and fish products because these give you the protein without the fat associated with red meats.


Fat has being given a bad press over the last decade and there’s no doubt that the wrong fats are bad for you. But you need some fat in your diet to stay healthy. For a cycling diet fat will provide the bulk of your energy, there is also some evidence that it helps to keep your immune system in top shape.

Getting your fats right in your diet is important. There are good and bad fats. Bad fats occur in animal products these are saturated and Trans fats and you should avoid them. The good fats are found in olives and sunflower oil, these are saturated fats.

Vitamins and minerals

These are also essential to a properly functioning body. These are found in fruits and vegetables. If you are engaged in regular exercise then you need to get plenty of vitamins into your body.

The secret of a powerful cycling diet is ensuring that you get a full range of the different food groups while avoiding rubbish foods which will add no health benefits to you like bad fats and sugar. Combine good dietary practice with your training program, whether you are an athlete or are just training for the fitness benefits, and you will soon feel the benefits from it.

Paul is a lifelong cyclists and the author of the blog Defensive Cycling where he discusses all things cycling related from commuting to endurance training. Go to Defensive Cycling now and get your free book “Cycling for life”.

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Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Axonom, a global provider of cloud-based configure-price-quote and visual product configuration software, today announces Salsbury Industries – replaces its database-driven configurator for a 2D visual product configurator powered by Powertrak. The replacement in configuration systems meets the growing demand for visualization in the ordering process, and is expected to boost user adoption, improve engagement, and enhance the customer experience.

Salsbury Industries –, a manufacturer and distributor of quality commercial and residential mailboxes, recognized the need to improve its product configuration system. The company began an extensive search to replace its legacy configurator with one that demonstrated a robust rules engine, supported compelling visual renderings, enabled drag-and-drop capabilities, and proved to be scalable and flexible.

“A few years ago, guiding customers through a series of set questions on a public-facing website was industry practice for mailbox configurations,” said Mark Eu at Salsbury Industries. “Today’s customer expects a better, more intuitive, visual ordering experience. To meet that expectation, we are offering a comprehensive, user-friendly mailbox configuration system that simplifies the ordering process, embraces designing and mailbox door placement, displays two-dimensional visual renderings, and a 100% assurance that configurations meet USPS guidelines.”

Salsbury Industries – selected Powertrak 2D Visual Product Configurator, hosted on Axonom’s SaaS offering, NetPRM, as a stand-alone product with no immediate integration into in-house software. “We found that Axonom had an offering that met our current and future needs, and the positive cultural fit between companies was also a factor in our decision making process,” added Mark Eu.

According to Mark Eu, the company expects to see major improvements to its user adoption and CPQ processes with Powertrak. “We now have a user-friendly and visually-driven design, quote, and checkout solution available on our website for anyone interested in custom designing particular mailboxes.”

Embedded in the website, users will be able to launch the mailbox configurator by clicking on the configurator button. A set of introductory questions help define the number of compartments and type of mailbox that is to be configured. Unlike the database-driven configurator, a two-dimensional visual representation of the mailbox appears on the screen.

“Once the new configurator is launched, customers will be able to more easily design their custom mailboxes,” said Mike Belongie, COO at Axonom. “Powertrak’s rules engine, visualization, and empowerment for individual involvement will increase engagement with both channel partners and customers, resulting in an improved customer experience.”

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Enriched with mobile extendibility, the Powertrak solution suite includes: Customer and Partner Portals, Configure-Price-Quote, 2D/3D Visual Product Configurator, Guided Selling, and Forecasting. By delivering more transactions more efficiently through channels at a lower cost, Powertrak helps customers achieve greater profit potential. For more information, please visit

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Athletes can now taste their way to better health, thanks to a new and easy method of getting Omega-3 fatty acids into their diets. The nutritional powerhouse comes from Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil. The product is the latest flaxseed offering from BG Health Group that is now available for purchase at health and fitness website,

Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil’s arrival in the United States, ends the frustration, some may have felt in the past, at not being able to cook with flax oil due to its low smoke point. After years of research, the impossible is not only possible but also extremely healthy.

“It’s all natural, there’s no chemicals added,” said Adam Maas, Director of Sales and Development for BG Health Group. “Our filtering process removes all of the impurities out of the oil, leaving the goodness inside, which allows the smoke point to rise to 485 degrees, while maintaining a 60% Omega-3 content.”

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