Cycling technique!

Now that your knife is sharp, it’s time to learn how to use it!

[Step One of this series is here]

Usually when someone asks me about what to eat before, during or after a ride, we talk about food, or abstractly about carbohydrates, proteins etc. These are specific, quick answers to specific questions.

My posts about sharpening knives and knife skills, however, reflect how I approach broader questions about “nutrition” and “diet.” As a cycling coach, I believe riders should learn to love the kitchen in their homes, develop a passion for food and develop basic cooking skills because proper nutrition becomes easier, tastier and more economic. Or they should hire great chefs!

In sum, I try to position “nutrition” within the various histories and cultures of folks making food. I’m NOT trying to be rigorous and all-encompassing, but rather, the goal is to place several components of a broad approach to nutrition in front of you to do with as you like.

As the DS of Team Medique, I always try to offer a nudge or two during the season. At our training camps in South Carolina, for example, solid nutrition is a necessity to keep things rolling and it’s always a conversation at meal times. Two years ago we made a big deal about judging a few of the riders’ knife skills while they chopped vegetables for roasting. I won’t mention Robert’s or Sebastien’s names (though their skills weren’t bad; just ssssllllooowww). ¬†Last year, we had a cook-off with the first year seniors… and the newbies kicked our butts! In our defense, Nicolas Masbourian took charge of the kitchen like a nasty 4-star Michelin Chef, preparing the menu and bossing sous chefs Chartrand and Doyle around like a French Gordon Ramsay… we didn’t stand a chance.

So here’s a video of Jamie Oliver showing school kids how to use a knife. He comes across as a great teacher. It’s long but offers a sense of the big picture within which we consume carbs, proteins and stir fries.

About Scott Toguri McFarlane

Scott Toguri McFarlane is a former Elite racer, and the founder of Toguri Training Services. For more than a decade, his approach to training has helped aspiring professional racers, provincial team members, and recreational cyclists of all ages and ability achieve their goals, including gold medals at National and Provincial Championships.

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