It wasn't without a little smugness that I passed a uniformed group of four team riders pedaling up the mountain to Castle Craig last weekend.
I was not smug becuase I had been vigilant in my training- it was the second time I'd been on my bike since things started getting cold at the beginning of November.
It wasn't because of some natural level of physical fitness- I used to be really overweight and out of shape.
It was simply becuase I out eat those riders every day, and consequently I have a ridiculous advantage.
What did you have for breakfast this morning guys? I thought to myself as I passed them on the steep incline.
For me the answer was 20 tangerines. For them? Steak and eggs maybe? Oatmeal? Captain Crunch and milk?
The differences you feel within a few weeks of going on a low-fat diet centered around fruit is amazing.
Your energy levels skyrocket, it's easier to breath, and you don't get as tired.
Fat impedes the uptake and transport of oxygen, if nothing else. And every cell in the body runs off simple sugars.
Your body has to labor to convert oatmeal to simple sugars for use, but it's all ready to go for me.
The fact is that I didn't deserve to pass those riders. My training regime has been pathetic. I've been injured and resting all winter. That team probably races - which is something I've never even tried on a bike.
So when is the rest of the world going to wake up get off their addictions?