Ok...I'm 51, and I think I have the race training thing down. BUT, I'm into my first year of racing, and I still can't seem to get a handle on recovery. I'm not seeing improvement in my time for the hill climb that I always judge myself by, even though I've been working my tail off, and trying to recover in between my hard training days with either slow 45 minute rides, or days completely off the bike. Improvements in the races have been in baby steps.
I go out of my way to avoid fat in my diet. I eat mostly whole grain bread and oatmeal, fruits, turkey breast, non-fat milk, pasta w/ tomato sauce, salads (w/ oil-based dressing), and the fake egg stuff from Costco. This, of course, with the intent of weight management. (5'9, 147 lbs).
Am I getting enough fat, or is the lack of it in my diet perhaps affecting my performance on the bike?