Staying Fueled, Focused and Motivated During Lockdown By Sponsored Track Cyclist Mandy Marquardt
This year we have all faced challenges, controlling what I can and keeping a routine on and off the bike has been incredibly important to me. My commitment to my sport, community and my values is as strong as ever. Even though racing has been shut down, I’m making the most of this time to get in solid, hard training sessions that have been, quite honestly, making me feel very uncomfortable. These workouts include spending two to three days in the gym, and five days a week on the bike, oftentimes double days. Therefore, fueling properly is essential, from my daily diet to nutritional supplements aiding before, during and after my workouts.
I’ve been fortunate to be partnered and sponsored by Klean Athlete going on 3 years now. They continue to deliver NSF Certified For Sport® nutritional supplements that meet the demands of my high-intensity training routine. On a regular basis, I take Klean D, Multivitamin, SR-Beta-Alanine and Creatine. During training, Endurance and Hydration are key. After workouts I will sometimes mix the Vanilla Isolate and a half scoop of the Recovery. I’ve enjoyed making recovery ice pops to help me cool down and recover after an intense session. Super & simple, I blend fruit and vanilla whey into a smoothie and pour into an ice pop container. Stick it in the freezer and they’ll be ready to enjoy after the next workout! I’ve also used several of the great recipes Klean shares from their community of athletes, dietitians and nutritionists. If you’re looking for some tips, click here.‡
If you’re looking to improve your breakfast, or just need a change of pace, this is my absolute go-to favorite breakfast:
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 scoop of Klean Vanilla Whey Protein
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (pour until above oats)
- Most importantly stir everything
- Optional: On top of oats add a spoonful of yogurt; tiny slices of strawberries, blueberries and/or apples; or even PB powder. You can get as creative as possible!
These past few months have been challenging for sure, but my sights are still set on representing Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (moved to July 23-August 8, 2021). Not only would it be the pinnacle of my athletic career, but also a great platform to continue to inspire others. I greatly appreciate the support from USA Cycling and Team Novo Nordisk, and partnerships with companies like Klean Athlete.