So....let's have a discussion about bio chemistry, how different proteins and enzymes are involved in maximizing cycling, and how diet can effect training and performance.
So....lets start out with how muscles work.
The contractile fibers within muscles are myosin and actin. As these fibers contract and move across each other, Adensosine Tri Phosphate (ATP) is converted to Adenosine Di Phosphate (ADP) which provides the energy for the fibers to contract.
So...we know as cyclist, that each time we push the pedals through a revolution, we are asking the muscles in our quads to contract, or the hamstring, and thus turning lots of ATP to ADP. In extreme cases, the ADP can be used as energy and results in AMP (monophosphate). In order to perform at peak efficiency, we need to be able to quickly replenish this ATP. This is the purpose of this thread. How can we maximize this replenishment? How can we pack additional glycogen in the muscles to eventually produce more ATP? How much Protein do cyclist need? Are there other dietary components we can concentrate on to improve our performance.