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Nutrition Plan - Cycling - Matt Cusack

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matt cusackMatt Cusack is cyclist on team Bandit ElitE Racing (BEER). Team BEER is a focused, driven, fun loving, non-masters Category 2/3 bike race team from Spokane, WA. They compete in Cross Country, Enduro Mountain Biking, and Cyclocross Racing. Matt likes to keep things simple, and of course, loves a IPA beer every now and then! 

Do you follow a specific diet? If so, describe it and explain how is it benefitting you?
I don't drink much beer or booze, helps me a ton with recovery, but love a good IPA. Personally, I feel what works from someone is individual, and for me its taken lots of trial and error on what works best for me to hit race weight and performance. There are lots of fads out there that don't focus on the individual, focus on yourself.

Do you have a health condition or allergy that requires you to have a special nutrition plan?
I am lactose intolerant and cant have folic acid, although I love pizza and greek yogurt.

Do you supplement daily with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids?
FTM's SportMulti since 2010! Proven Nutrition’s Beta Alanine every morning and Aminopure’s L-Glutamine after all sessions. 

What’s your pre-workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?
COFFEE

What’s your during workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?
Small sips from my bottle often to not overload stomach.

What’s your post-workout/competition nutrition and hydration plan?
Recovery drink such as Ultragen right away (sometimes half a serving after shorter hard workout) then a meal within an hour, too many don't eat enough real food close to hard sessions. If was an endurance session, I will have a fruit smoothie with a nut/seed butter (such as Trail Butter).

Do you compete in different types of events? If so, is your nutrition/hydration plan that’s different for each event?
Events 90 minutes or less I use sports drink (like Nuun or Skratch Labs) only and longer I add gels (like GU gels and VFuel) and maybe a solid like Honey Stinger Waffles when it's cooler, since when it's hot digestion slows, so easier to digest calories is key!

Any other nutrition/hydration secrets you’d like to share?
Simplicity! Less it more, just keep simple. Gel flasks are your friend as well. Stay away from sugars outside of training, and eat foods with ingredients you can pronounce. 

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