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Katie Archibald Blog: One of the bigger small things I could do better…

There’s lots of small things I could do better as a cyclist. There’s probably lots of big things I could do better as a human being, but that’s for a different blog. Let’s stick to cycling… 

I could go to bed earlier. I could do core exercises every day. I could stretch more. But one of the bigger small things I could do is eat better. In fact, now we’re reflecting on it, eating – something we all do pretty much every single day throughout the day all our lives until we die – is maybe quite a big thing. I think that’s why I’m so bad at it. Something so constant, so enduring, so unavoidable, has a lot of scope to go wrong. It’s the law of averages. 

What doesn’t help with this inevitability that if I have to be putting food stuff in my mouth three times a day, every day, seven days a week eventually it’s going to be peanuts and marshmallows, is that I hate cooking. 

I like it sometimes. But in the same way that I like arts and crafts or DIY. I don’t therefore want to do arts and crafts EVERY DAY or I’ll die. Sometimes it’s easier to just buy that pop-out birthday card ready made, let someone else build your shelves, and to tuck into a microwavable lasagne. 

So the crossfit craze, and with it the consumer demand for healthy-as-in-high-protein not healthy-as-in-low-carb ready meals, is a brilliant thing for me. My desire to make it as a world class professional cyclist and my fear of the bulky silver thing in the kitchen with all those knobs and buttons can finally co-exist. Pop culture, like always, saves the day.

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