Yesterday while at REI we bought Food for Fitness by Chris Carmichael. He coached and trained Lance Armstrong back to health and victory by incorporating sound nutrition into his cycling training program. What I've read so far is right on: We should think of food as fuel for our bodies (not just calories), that exercise should be done for fitness (not just to burn calories), and that our food intake should be tailored to our particular training level. It gets more technical than some might prefer, but I like to know "why" everything so it is right down my alley. I have a nursing background that includes experience on an inpatient eating disorders unit where I learned that a person really can lose weight eating 3 meals a day with snacks in between (not "dieting").
I'm also planning to buy Cycling Past 50 for additional tips, and then find what works best for me from the information in both books.
Has anyone else found wisdom in these or other books? I believe there are unique requirements for the 50+ bunch, especially while engaging in frequent vigorous physical activity (more than daily walks -- not that there is anything wrong with that...).