National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers on Racing, Training and the Ketogenic Diet


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Jeremy Powers is the current U.S. Cyclocross champion and top-ranked American rider in the world, and he listens to my podcast! I couldn’t believe it when I found out. Jeremy emailed me to say hi, and of course, I immediately invited him on so that I could probe deep into the diet, lifestyle, training and racing strategy that has enabled him to be National Champion four times. Our contact was minimal before the interview, and I had no idea that Jeremy has a delicate relationship with carbohydrates, or that he has experimented with the ketogenic diet.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Jeremy Powers:

0:04:02 Infectious mononucleosis (mono).

0:04:31 Northampton Cycling Club Elite Team

0:04:37 Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman.

0:05:48 Danny from Jelly Belly cycling team.

0:06:26 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

0:07:25 Kirk Albers.

0:08:54 Cross is 30-40 race days per year.

0:08:59 Road is an additional 70-80.

0:11:27 Tubular tyres.

0:11:30 SRAM eTAP wireless shifting, hydraulic brakes and 1X system with clutch derailleurs.

0:17:46 "Just go out there and flap your wings."

0:18:45 “Blackboard technique where I think about absolutely nothing”

0:22:18 Behind the Barriers documentary series.

0:26:28 Very low blood sugar: 40 mg/dL!

0:29:40 Workup at the Mayo Clinic included the blood marker C-peptide.

0:32:12 CHO intake of around 200g on a day included four hours of training.

0:32:48 Cross season is Sep - Feb.

0:32:55 Five week rest break in Feb.

0:33:11 Training 25-30 hours a week.

0:33:36 6-8 weeks of base.

0:36:53 Core, plank, side-plank.

0:37:36 3x12 15-25lb Bulgarian split-squat.

0:38:13 CrossFit style box jumps.

0:45:43 After Chris Froome cut back on carbs for more protein, he lost 20 pounds, started winning the Tour de France, and became a millionaire.

0:45:46 2016 Tour de France second place finisher Romain Bardet.

0:45:52 Breakfast of Champions article by Marty Kendall.

0:47:31 MCT oil. We make a powdered version.

0:51:24 Review: Ketone Bodies and Exercise Performance: The Next Magic Bullet or Merely Hype?

0:51:40 Nutritional Ketosis Alters Fuel Preference and Thereby Endurance Performance in Athletes.

0:55:04 Focus bikes.

0:57:18 Cyclocross camp in August with FasCat Coaching.

0:57:42 Ember: The World's First Non-invasive Haemoglobin Tracker.

0:59:28 Ferritin blood test.

0:59:55 Very low 25-OH-D.

1:01:05 The Daily Lipid Podcast 9: Balancing Calcium and Phosphorus in the Diet, and the Importance of Measuring Parathyroid Hormone (PTH).

1:05:18 JAM Fund Cycling.

1:07:41 Ellen Noble.



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