All I want is a steak and my pillow, in that order. This last day of our four day bicycle tour from the north to south coast (340 miles) has been stunning, exhausting, challenging, fast and slow, high and low, satisfying and hunger-inducing. By the end of the ride I was craving a protein-rich meal and steak was my dreamy first choice. Once I indulged in a juicy sirloin, the world was right again.
Nutrition for cyclists is an important topic; and one of which I make no claim of authority. But a quick Google surf will tell you that post-ride, an athlete needs a specific balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Chocolate milk is a popular and quick go-to recovery food. Livestrong.com suggests that a “4:1 ratio of carbohydrates and protein works best” (click here for article). Bicycle.com also offers many great resources. If you are biking long distances or exerting yourself over 90 minutes, you will be wise to learn more about how to fuel for and recover after the rigorous activity.
In summary of our four-day adventure, here are some photos to highlight Ireland’s stunning beauty. Scroll further for a few humorous ones. (Hover over each photo to view the caption). Photos updated June 19 to remove duplicates.
In honor of the many warm, charming and funny Irish people (and sheep) we encountered along the way, here are some humorous ones to remind us to take neither life nor ourselves too seriously …
Thanks for following me on this fun and light-hearted trek through beautiful Ireland. If you have specific questions, feel free to post a comment below and I’ll be happy to reply with learnings from our experience.
Ireland by Bike Series: