Sebastian Kienle in portrait – Nutrition
There aren’t any days when I force myself to try to go without something. I always try to keep a balance, so that I don’t drift into extremes. I don’t pay strict attention to every detail of my nutrition, and I don’t place any big restrictions on myself – that isn’t really how it works for me. But at the same time, there also aren’t any days when I go completely overboard – even straight after a race. I always keep things very much in balance. In winter, there is definitely a period when nutrition is much more firmly determined by training. For example, if I do a long bike ride in the morning aimed at improving fat burning, then I’ll eat fewer carbohydrates beforehand. So my nutrition is heavily orientated towards what is being trained. Today we know a lot more about how nutrition can influence recovery and I hope to use this knowledge to accelerate the recovery process. It really does play a very significant role. Competition nutrition also plays a big role. You train in a much more competition-specific way. There are more training sessions that take place in the competitive field and that are strongly focussed on a race. One piece of advice that is always worth following is to cook for yourself. That way, at least 90% is done properly. This means you spend a certain amount of time with your food and you have fresh ingredients prepared as a matter of course. That’s the crux of it: I think most people should just spend more time cooking for themselves. Many people would feel much better, and other diets would become superfluous.