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Interview: Pro Cyclist Lucy Garner

Happy Friday Cuties,

I hope you all have fun plans for this long Labor Day weekend. I plan to catch up on some business work, have a little fun with the family, and most of all I would love it if the kids allowed me to sleep in a bit. My Babe is training to do the Seagull Century next month and this means allowing him time to train and more time with the kids. I’ve talked about more bicycle things in the last couple of months than I have my entire life.

He is no pro but he is very athletic, you know the type and does well at everything. I’ve allowed him to talk me into participating in the Bike to Work Days. That was not cute at all; feel free to laugh at me HERE. I had the opportunity to interview Lucy Garner who is a Pro Cyclist. SCORE! Bonus points for me with Babe. I was all about asking her for tips that might help him.

Here is a basic run down on Lucy; she won her first junior world title at a road world championship in Copenhagen. She returned a year later to claim a second world title at Valkenburg, Netherlands. After joining the senior levels at the start of the 2013 season, Lucy claimed her first professional victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island in Shanghai, China. She is so legit; I can’t past the seat hurting my butt.

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Q: How did you get started in cycling?

A: I started cycling eleven years ago, my grandparents were both racing cyclist so I was brought up on the bike.  It was a sport I loved, at the time nobody was really doing it, so it was something new. Over the years it’s become huge; I’ve been through all the disciplines, road, track, cyclo-cross and mountain biking. I finally found my love for the roads.

Q: What is your go to preparation routine before you take on a race?

A: Nutrition is huge and it’s really important that I’m fueling myself well. Food is fuel so its so important that at the end of the race that I’m getting there fresh.  I’m a sprinter so it’s so important that I keep as much energy in my body as possible. So I have a kick at the end to sprint and take the win. Normally before the race I have a big bowl of oats, fruit and some slices of bread. Throughout the race it’s important that I keep my hydration up.

Registered dietitian Brooke Alpert, , M.S., R.D., C.D.N., joins the conversation. Brooke is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and author.  Alpert received her Master of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mt. Sinai Hospital, in affiliation with NYU. A former tri-athlete, Alpert is currently focusing on how nutrition can fuel our daily race in life.

A: Even if your not an elite athlete it’s important to realize that we are each running our own personal marathons each and every day. So it’s equally important that all of us fuel ourselves with general nutrition.  Making healthy choices and eating regularly but also keeping your immune system as strong as possible by supplementing with a daily probiotic.

Q: Genetically I’m skinny so I don’t have to work for my size. However I do work out for a healthy heart. Adjusting my eating has been the hardest part for me. Are there some basic tips to get started with an adjustment?

A: Take a look at your plate and make sure all of your food is working for you.  The food that won’t work for you is any of the high sugar foods, high inflammatory foods like white flour. If majority of your food on your plate is going to give you energy like fruits, veggies, good quality grains and good sources of protein then you know you’re in a good place.

Q: Are there particular super foods that we should lean towards?

A: Anything that is green is its own super food; it doesn’t have to be something fancy. Kale, spinach, broccoli, everything green is going to give you huge amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, have heart healthy benefits, digestive benefits and weight benefits. On top of that make sure you have good quality proteins from great sources not factory farmed food. Anything that comes from the ground you know is good. Nothing will top off a diet like a daily probiotic. There is no way you can get enough probiotics from your food no matter how much yogurt you eat.

Coming up today is the Third stage of the Holland ladies tour. Let's see what today brings! #keepchallenging

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Q: Every time I ride my bike my butt always hurts. How do you deal with your butting hurting when riding? {LAUGHTER}

A: From years of experience now I’ve probably molded to the seat.  There are a lot of creams out and you just have to test a lot of saddles. Once you have a proper saddle you can go on. Padded shorts or gel seat covers that might be great for the average biker. Padded shorts will help you last a bit longer.

I can’t say that I’m read to jump on my bike and ride several miles but I will invest in a better seat for my next adventure. The kids and I look forward to cheering Babe/Dad on next month. {Whispers: His race is near the outlets.} Shhhhh! 

Pro Cyclist Lucy Garner

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Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Felicita Moncada

    Can I just say, I totally agree on the booty hurting when riding! I’m bought the big cushion sits and it still hurts! I am amazed at how talented Lucy Garner is – so much accomplishment at such a young age. What a great role model.

  2. Katie

    Very Cool interview and wonderful questions. I really enjoyed reading about nutrition and food. I am going to be sure to eat more Green Food.

  3. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty

    Ihave a bike but only ride it rarely. I loved your last question! I also liked her answer about eating for heart health. I have to watch what I eat for weight but focusing on just being healthy is important too.

  4. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    She’s right, I love my padded shorts and have found the perfect saddle for my butt! Loved this interview.

  5. Jenn

    Great interview! I have never met a real professional cyclist. The butt question is one of the major things that stops me from enjoying biking. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one. I’m currently on a kick to fuel my body healthier. I love the tips provided here.

  6. AC

    I admire athletic people and I appreciate Lucy’s straightforward nutrition advice. I haven’t rode a bike in more than a decade, but now I know where to start.

  7. Heather

    Well now I’m totally inspired to get the bike out and take it down my urban trails. Lucy sounds amazing and like she is great at inspiring others!

  8. Carmen Perez (listen2mama)

    I have been wanting to get a bike to incorporate into my exercise routine. I still have to get t though, it’s just so hot here in Miami to be outdoors 🙁

  9. Jeanine

    I had never heard of Lucy Garner before this, but this is a great interview. I think being a pro cyclist would be amazing. I havent been on a bike in ages!!

  10. Mama to 5 BLessings

    What a great interview. She sounds like a great role model! What a great sport to be involved in!

  11. Chasity Boatman

    I enjoyed reading about her nutrition routine. I’m always curious about how athletes eat and prepare. Interesting read.

  12. Wendy

    Really nice interview. Like the tips about diet and the super foods. Sure they would be good for runners too.

  13. Franc Ramon

    It’s inspiring to read about her journey. I agree with her on the importance of nutrition to fuel activities even for non-athletes.

  14. Vera Sweeney

    What a positive athlete for kids to look up to! We have bikes but I don’t think I could ride mine as long as she does for long races.

  15. Tyra

    Great interview! She seems really badass and passionate about her sport. But the seat question is so valid and so true LOL.

  16. Maureen

    Awesome interview! I didn’t even know they have a cream for that! Hah! 😊

  17. Kasi

    Great interview! I do not own a bike, and really never learned how to ride! My dad somewhat taught me when I was around 12, but it was too late, and never got any proper practice in. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually learn and make it a hobby or something.

  18. LaVonndra Johnson

    Cycling is very difficult. I tried it before and I was exhausted, lol.

  19. LaKisha

    Great interview. I was particularly interested in the super foods. She is impressive.

  20. Holly

    Great interview. Really cool she got into cycling because of her grandparents. I never thought of padded shorts.

  21. Jonna

    I actually enjoy the cycling classes but it has been so long since I’ve been able to take one! My butt hurt the first time, but after that I got used to it.

  22. Kara

    How cool was it to get pointers for your babe from a pro?! Padded seats sound great I haven’t been on a bike in forever but I still remember that pain in the … LOL. Great interview Mimi

  23. Kara

    How cool was it to get pointers for your babe from a pro?! Padded seats sound great I haven’t been on a bike in forever but I still remember that pain in the … LOL. Great interview Mimi

  24. Kerri Estella

    What a great interview! I’m not much of a rider myself but Richmond, VA is gearing up for the UCI international bike race in a couple of weeks. I’m starting to think that this is a divine sign that I need to ride!

  25. Susan Quackenbush

    What a fantastic interview! I particularly like the part about which foods to focus on. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us! 🙂

  26. Janelle

    hah.. What an AWESOME interview!!! My favorite part “I was born skinny so I don’t have to work for my size” hahaha… BINGO!

  27. LaShon Renee

    Sadly my bike is in storage right now but I’ve always loved bike riding. I grew up riding around my neighborhood, parks, and the river bed. I hope to pick it up again soon.

  28. Stephanie

    What a fun interview? And who knew there was such a thing as padded shorts? I bet those are pretty funny looking when you’re not riding a bike!

  29. Val

    Great interview! Being an athlete is not for the faint of heart. I admire her determination!

  30. Chantal

    I love reading Q&A interviews! Thanks so much for sharing this with us 🙂

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