I am a cat3 and looking to get my upgrade either later this year or next year. I am spending June-August doing high mileage and volume. I don't have a coach and need some advice. It will be much appreciated folks.
My riding schedule looks like this (every ride has about 40-80ft/mi elevation):
M: Easy 2-3 hour ride
T: Hill work pushing hard, PM easy 1 hour spin
W: Easy 2-3 hour ride
Th: Easy 2-3 hour ride
F: 5 hour long ride
S: 2-3 hour ride
Su: Easy 2 hour ride, PM easy 1 hour ride
I really need help with my nutrition. I don't know how many calories I should be eating a day and feel like I can't stop eating. Maybe I need the fuel since my body has never gone through consecutive 20+ hour weeks, but does 5000-6500 calories a day sound about right? Mainly it is from bananas, brown rice (a LOT, 10 cups cooked a day), lentils/legumes, dates, some gels. I have other things but that is the 95% bulk of my diet
I have gained 3lbs since last week starting this training cycle. I am slightly tired throughout the day but that is to be expected.
If you have experience, such as when you were younger etc of high volume training and how you managed the hunger and the caloric needs -- its like a full time job just making sure you eat enough let alone 3 hours a day training -- please pitch in